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Millimetre-wave specialist Arralis relocates to Methuen Park, Chippenham

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8 April 2022

Summerfield Commercial, advised by property consultants Alder King, have let Turnpike House on Methuen Park in Chippenham to the millimetre-wave specialist Arralis for its UK head office.  The move will facilitate the company’s continued growth and create up to 20 new engineering and production jobs.

Arralis designs and manufactures world-leading high frequency space products that enable high speed data communications from satellites to earth, further expanding the flexibility of internet and 5G services.  Its products include transceivers, radar systems and microwave integrated circuits.

Founded in 2013, the company had outgrown its serviced offices at Kembrey Park in Swindon.  It has now relocated to Turnpike House which will allow the company to continue its growth strategy and offers space for a microwave test laboratory with the latest test instrumentation, a cleanroom for assembly of space related products and a full production facility.

Arralis CEO Mike Gleaves said: “We have enjoyed a period of strong growth since setting up in Swindon in 2019, developing a range of new products and growing the team from five to 25. We are now focused on expanding into new markets and need a larger, high quality and conveniently located headquarters building to help achieve this.

“Turnpike House provides exactly the calibre of accommodation we require on a prime business park which reflects our direction of travel.  It also provides access to a good range of local amenities for our staff.”

Ben Trickey of Summerfield said: “It’s very satisfying to let Turnpike House to Arralis, an innovative firm which has exciting plans for further growth and expansion.  They join major occupiers including Bechtle UK, SciSys and Wincanton on what is widely acknowledged as one of Chippenham’s premier office destinations.”

James Gregory, partner at Alder King in Swindon, added: “Turnpike House is one of Chippenham’s most prestigious office buildings.  The quality of the fit-out is exceptional, creating an excellent working environment for the Arralis team.

“More and more firms, with an enhanced focus on employee wellbeing and sustainability, are seeking office accommodation of a really high quality, and this letting is a good example of this.”

Turnpike House, constructed in 2011/12, provides 8,241 sq ft of high quality accommodation with 29 parking spaces.  Arralis has agreed a new 10 year lease.


NOTE: We were very sad to hear of the death of Tim Tim, who retired from Alder King only two years ago. Tim was one of the region's property heavyweights who helped influence many of Gloucestershire’s major commercial development projects. We extend our condolences to his family, friends and former colleagues.


Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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