Sion refurbishment

A PROMINENT office building in the centre of Nailsea is to undergo a �250,000 makeover.

Nailsea Unit Trust, owners of the Crown Glass Shopping Centre, has authorised a refurbishment of The Sion, including new double-glazed windows, reception area and staircases.

A ground floor shower, cycle racks, upgraded toilets on all floors and accessibility lift car are among improvements to staff facilities and energy-efficient lighting is being installed in public areas.

Exterior panels at the distinctive blue four-storey building are also being repainted.

Letting agents Thompson Commercial’s Ian Thompson said: “The owners consulted with the tenants and asked what improvements they wanted to see which has resulted in the current programme of works, which will cost in excess of �250,000.”

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The company believe the improvements, due to be completed by the summer, will attract more businesses to the town.

Mr Thompson added: “Since buying the centre two years ago, Ellandi and Development Securities has invested substantially to attract new tenants including a larger HSBC Bank, which opened last November, Wetherspoons, who are building their new The Glassblower pub, and WH Smith, who will also open by the summer in the old Cargo unit in Somerset Square.”

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Town centre manager James Lucas said: “This latest investment demonstrates our commitment to improve and enhance the town centre.

“This is not only for the shopper experience but new businesses to attract more custom to Nailsea as a whole.

“These developments will add to the attractions of Nailsea.”

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