The Victoria Cross Trust has relocated to the West Moor Park Networkcentre in Doncaster after Doncaster City Council confirmed its intention to redevelop the charity’s existing premises at Cedar Road.
Doncaster-based NSM has agreed a 3-year lease on a 1,229 sq ft unit within the popular Networkcentre. This provides the charity with a reception, office and storage facilities and lies close to junction 4 of the M18, offering easy access onto the M1, A1 and M62.
Steven Abell from the Victoria Cross Trust explains:
"When we were unable to renew our lease at Ashworth Barracks we needed to rethink our estate strategy. As a result, the museum will close and our displays will be on loan to museums around the UK, allowing continued access to our collection which commemorates the lives of holders of the Victoria Cross.
“We chose the West Moor Park Networkcentre for our new home as it is so accessible, both for the team but also to get out to schools around Yorkshire and beyond as part of our education outreach programme. The NSM team was really helpful, providing advice and support so we can reconfigure the warehouse space to provide a cost-effective office and storage solution allowing us to dedicate our time to locating, restoring and preserving Victoria Cross graves."
The Victoria Cross is the highest military decoration awarded to those who, in the presence of the enemy, display the most conspicuous gallantry; a daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice; or extreme devotion to duty.
There have been 1,363 recipients of the medal since 1856, with 628 being awarded in the first war alone. As generations pass, a number of their graves are forgotten. The charity works tirelessly to seek these out, predominantly in the UK but also across Europe, in order to restore and preserve the memorial of some of the bravest soldiers this country has seen.
West Moor Park Networkcentre provides 17 workspace units ranging from 805 to almost 3,500 sq ft as well as five offices. Due to the flexible space on offer, the Networkcentre has attracted businesses ranging from accountants to engineering companies.
A second tenant has this week expanded its operation at the popular park. Rethync Limited, a supplier of fencing and hording solutions, now has three units totalling almost 7,000 sq ft.
Helen Gordon, Associate Director from NSM, said:
"The Networkcentres offer adaptable space for small to medium sized businesses. As there is such a shortage of industrial space which also provide high quality offices they are in high demand, as evidenced by our tenant Rethync’s recent expansion.
“It is great to welcome the Victoria Cross Trust to the business community here and the team has enjoyed working with the charity to help plan how the warehouse could be reconfigured to provide the office and storage accommodation they need to help them continue to recognise the valour of our military."