This unique site was until 1999 used by the Ministry of Defence as a base for the Composite Signals Organisation and Training Facility for GCHQ
The eight acre site was sold to the current owners following vacation by the M.O.D and a high security commercial facility, offering outstanding opportunities for low cost, very high quality  accommodation
The business centre is set in rural Somerset on the Blackdown Hills in the centre of a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with views across the open countryside.Suprisingly,Culmhead is only about 5 miles from either Junction 25 or 26 of the M5 and the A303.Taunton town centre is just eight miles away

Spy no more!

The former GCHQ outstation at Culmhead has recently been photographed from a microlight, an act that would have been forbidden a few years ago when it was one of our major spy listening stations. The whole site is now on on the market and Hall Commercial of Hemyock have bought part of the training block to rent as offices, archive storage or  light industrial use.The unit has B1.planning consent. Owner Peter Hall says that as the high security aspect remains with secure fencing, alarms and air-conditioning, archive storage for confidential papers from banks or insurance companies is a likely possibility. "The rural location should be ideal for those firms fed up with fighting traffic in Taunton or Bristol. We've had a number of enquiries for  accommodation on offer and currently the place is looking busy again.  Peter Hall can be contacted on  01823 601461 Email:peter@peterhall.biz

Turning into the Main Gates of Culmhead Business Centre from the main Taunton to Honiton road, the picture below is the first sight of the complex.

The front  entrance/reception to Blackdown House.
This is part of the currently available space at Culmhead Business Centre

Blackdown House Reception Area

One of the first floor rooms within Blackdown House
Blackdown House is the main office block within the site.38,500 sq ft of well appointed offices. BROADBAND is available to the building. Until recently the majority of this building was occupied by DEFRA ( formerly known as the Ministry of Agriculture) as their S.W.Headquarters for the coordination of the control of Foot & Mouth disease in S.W.England.The business centre is viewed here from  outside the substantial security perimeter fence which surrounds the eight acre site


As one proceeds to the far side of the secure compound,there are two units which project out from the front building
The first is Cipher House ( LET ) approx 10000 sq.ft, approximately 3500 sq,ft of which has been recently occupied by Somerset County Council and an ink cartridge re cycling company.
The building is fully insulated,double glazed and is fully carpeted with heavy duty suspended floors and insulated suspended ceilings.Full central heating is available, and air conditioning to the acoustic lecture theatre can also be made serviceable if required.

Below is another view of Cipher House

Inside,Cipher House has a large acoustic,air conditioned ( if required ) lecture theatre which could accommodate up to fifty people.
The lecture theatre is equipped with floor power points for overhead projectors,a podium and substantial well lit marker board.The lighting is excellent and versatile.

Another large room available within Cipher House

The dividing walls can be altered to suit individual requirements

The next building is Yarcombe House. ( SOLD ) This modern unit comprises a total of approx 15500 sq.ft of office and production accommodation and is serviced with a very substantial electricity supply.The modern and well appointed offices occupy about a third of the building.There is an excellent loading bay to the front of the building which can be seen in the picture below


Next we see one of the Production areas within Yarcombe House

The Loading Bay seen on a picture above from the outside is viewed here from the inside within a large storage area

To one side of Yarcombe House is the office area and this corridor has office accommodation down each side of it.One of the offices is shown in the next picture


This is a view of a small percentage of the enormous parking area available at the rear of Culmhead Business Centre.It is extremely unlikely that parking will ever be a problem on this site!  And there is even more parking area than this at the front.

This 3500 sq.ft building is available for use as a light industrial unit and has it's own toilet &wash facilities,overhead crane,and again an ample supply of electricity,not to mention the huge area of parking outside the unit

Foundation House,shown below was aquired by Western Provident Health insurance about eighteen months ago and now houses their Disaster Recovery Facility,Document Archive Storage and a Training Facility in 17500 sq.ft. of some of the best office accommodation in the area

The remaining office/light industrial buildings at Culmhead Business centre are available on a  Leasehold basis and, relative to most other accommodation in the area,represent outstanding value. As a Government owned concern until recently,as one may imagine,these top specification buildings have been maintained to the highest specification. To erect buildings like these in the private sector today would in many cases be just not economic.
There is floorspace of different types to suit from office to light industrial and areas to cater for a wide sector of  commercial demand.
From Call Centre,Training Facility,Disaster Recovery,Exhibition Centre and Computer Centre to Self Contained Offices and Light Industrial Culmhead Business Centre should be first on the list for anyone looking for top quality space in the Somerset area, at remakably low rates

For Further details or viewing of Culmhead please contact Peter Hall

Tel: 01823 601461 ( Home )
Fax: 01823 601467
Mobile: 07977 485610
Email: peter@peterhall.biz

Currently the position with regard to available space at CULMHEAD BUSINESS CENTRE at 2nd JULY 2004 is:

There is still space remaining at £3.50 per sq ft per annum in
There is approx 6000 sq ft remaining available which has exclusive parking for sixty and additional parking if required

This is the best specification accommodation available at the lowest price anyone has seen  for a very long time and  this does not happen very often. If you have an interest then come and view, you WILL be impressed ( this does not cost very much at all !! )