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  • Horticulture House Acquisition

    The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) has sold its Theale premises.

    Developer and property investor T A Fisher, based just a few yards away, has acquired Horticulture House in Theale High Street and is offering office occupiers the chance to rent space in the building temporarily while it draws up plans to develop the building.

    T A Fisher has acquired a number of office buildings in the Thames Valley in recent years for redevelopment.

    Until the plans are finalised, 12-month licences are available in the 8,000 sq ft building. Alternatively the 37 car spaces are also available separately to rent.
    For further details please contact Stephen Head of Hicks Baker on 0118 959 6144.

  • Solstice House Comes Into The Spotlight

    The next T A Fisher development to launch will offer both rare investment opportunities and a chance for first time buyers to get stunning apartments at affordable prices.

    Solstice House in Farnborough will be released over the weekend of February 25 and 26 (10am – 4pm).

    Four of the mix of 12 stylish, contemporary apartments at the new building will be available through a special leaseback arrangement with our serviced apartment division, House of Fisher (HOF).

    HOF’s arrangements to provide major corporate companies with long and short stay accommodation, allows investors to own a property without day-to-day tenant issues.

    The other eight apartments are available through the Government’s Help to Buy scheme which offers financial support for first time buyers. All 12 of the apartments are for sale privately.

    Solstice House will have two retail units on the ground floor and one is already pre-let to an estate agent. The building has studio and one-bedroom apartments on the first floor, one-bedroom apartments on the second floor and two penthouses on the third floor; one with two bedrooms and one with three, but both benefitting from amazingly generous roof terraces and fantastic views.

    Each of the 12 apartments has the kind of modern specification demanded by both today’s aspirational tenants and owner occupiers.

    Among a host of features, each has economical heating and hot water plus radiators with individual thermostatic controls.

    Kitchens come complete with all the main appliances including integrated dishwasher, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer. Features of the bathrooms and en suites include half tiled walls and fully tiled showers, ladder style heated chrome towel rails and shaver lights.

    Solstice House presents modern living in a fast-progressing town.

    Farnborough town centre is undergoing an £80 million regeneration. The Meads Shopping Centre has been refurbished with a cinema and restaurants added; the Princes Mead Shopping Centre is nearing the end of a major upgrade with new stores opening and work is underway on the new Horizon Shopping Park.

    Work has also begun on the vast new Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre at Farnborough Airport, home of the biennial Farnborough International Airshow.

    Solstice House is in Victoria Road and is a six-minute walk from Farnborough station where trains reach London Waterloo in just 37 minutes.

    Romans New Homes are dealing with sales. Contact 01344 753110

    For information on investment opportunities through House of Fisher, contact 0118 933 3500.

  • Mortimer To Be Consulted On Proposals For New Homes and Public Open Space

    People in Mortimer are being invited to have their say on proposals for up to 110 new homes on two separate sites in the village which together will provide the community with more than 40 affordable homes and new public open space.
    The purpose of the public consultation event is to ask local residents about where the balance of the 110 new homes that are to be provided in village should be located if, as now seems likely, it is found that they cannot all be accommodated on the preferred draft Neighbourhood Plan site.
    The proposals, which also include land for a school and GP surgery, will be on show at a drop-in event at Mortimer Community Centre on Thursday 26th January from 4pm – 8pm. Members of the project team will be available to discuss the scheme and there will be an opportunity to leave feedback to help shape the plans before they are submitted to West Berkshire Council.
    Approximately 75 of the new homes are proposed for a site behind St John’s Church, and around 35 on land south of West End Road. Forty percent of the houses will be designated as affordable homes, with a portion being available for rent and others being available for shared ownership.
    The proposals are being brought forward by local house builder T A Fisher, in conjunction with the landowner the Englefield Estate. They have been drawn up by architects Pro Vision of Newbury.
    John Fisher, Managing Director of T A Fisher said: “Mortimer’s Neighbourhood Development Plan has already identified one of these two sites as being the preferred location to help meet the village’s need for at least 110 new homes.
    “In looking at the final draft of the Neighbourhood Plan, the examiner was concerned that not all of the 110 homes could be accommodated on the preferred site for landscaping reasons, which means another site would need to be found. As a result, and to make sure we are able to deliver the right number and type of homes in the best places, we have bought forward these latest proposals.
    “That means Mortimer would still be able to meet its target of 110 new homes, with 44 of them being affordable, in appropriate locations close the centre of the village and adjacent to existing development. This would also ensure land for community infrastructure, including a new infant school, and a large area of open space are provided alongside the new homes.
    “The layouts have been carefully drawn up to reflect and enhance the special rural character of the village.”
    “Edward Crookes, Estates Director from Englefield, said: “The Estate has a long history of supporting local communities, and has provided places for people to live, work, learn and play for many years. “As a local landowner, we have been asked to make space available for new homes in Mortimer to help meet the pressing need for new houses. The two areas we put forward have long been identified as potential development sites by West Berkshire Council.
    “These latest proposals also mean we will be able to set aside land which could be used to help Mortimer meet its future needs, for new school buildings and a GP surgery, for example.”
    The proposed scheme also includes three hectares, or seven acres, of public open space for the village.
    Details about the plans, and the exhibition, are also available online at the website

  • New lease of life for historic Peppard Common House

    A house brimming with history in its South Oxfordshire community is to get a new lease of life as part of T A Fisher’s latest redevelopment.
    The Square House, in Stoke Row Road, Peppard Common, a four up, four down property was built in 1900, long before most in the area. It is to be refurbished and two further four bedroom detached homes will be built within the grounds.
    For most of the last century the original house had a connection with the health profession which, apart from a brief spell in 1947, lasted until its sale to T A Fisher in 2014. A succession of doctors lived in the house and treated their patients in a surgery in a separate outbuilding.
    So for 27 years, residents of Peppard Common had not only a surgery within their community but doctors living on site. A night bell for medical emergencies still exists next to the front door.
    The Department for Health bought it in 1947, and from 1950 let it to the eminent psychiatrist Dr Gerald O’Gorman, the then new Medical Superintendent at Borocourt Hospital, who lived at the Square House with his family.
    Exuberant and energetic Dr O’Gorman, who, during the war, joined the Royal Army Medical Corps, working as a psychiatrist in a number of battle zones was a pioneer in the subject of what is now termed intellectual disability.
    After he died in 1998, his wife Katie O’Gorman continued living at the house until two years ago when she decided to downsize, ending the family’s 64-year connection with it.
    As well as its medical and community significance, the house is characterised by a number of quirky, historical features.
    A railway carriage has survived in the garden since the 1920s. Its various uses have included a home for the manservant of the early owners of the house, storage space and a great place for the O’Gorman’s children to play in.
    Yet, no-one living today can seem to explain how almost 100 years ago, it found its way to a house in rural Peppard Common, miles from any railway track.
    Another feature of the garden is less obvious. Hidden beneath an outdoor slab is something known as a Chiltern Flask, an igloo-shaped underground chamber. Rainwater would be collected in it and, via a pump in the garden, could be re-used. Sustainability, Victorian-style.
    T A Fisher is working hard to retain, as a conversation-piece for the house’s new occupants, a set of servant bells in the kitchen bearing the name ‘Callas, Sons & May’, a well known Reading business at the time. They would allow the past occupants of the upstairs rooms to ring for service.
    One interesting aspect of the Square House can only be seen by venturing along the road where there is an almost identical home, facing the opposite direction, effectively ‘bookending’ a row of homes in Stoke Row Road!
    When T A Fisher was approached, land consultant Jeremy Fisher knew of it straight away. He would frequently pass it when out running but had never previously known its significance.
    He said under T A Fisher’s scheme, the Square House will be ‘stripped out and put back together again’. Much of the charm and history will remain while allowing mod cons usually associated with newly built homes.
    Two further four bedroom detached homes will be built within the grounds in complimentary styles, both having large kitchen/dining/living areas which are popular with modern family living.
    A new improved access for the three properties will be formed onto Stoke Row Road, intended to increase visibility and safety in and out of the development.
    Work is expected to start in January 2017 with completion in the Autumn.

  • Plans submitted for 30 homes at Kennylands Road, Sonning Common

    Reading based house builder T A Fisher has submitted plans to South Oxfordshire District Council for 30 new homes on land at Kennylands Road, Sonning Common. The site is allocated in the recently adopted Neighbourhood Plan (Son 5) which was overwhelmingly supported by residents at the referendum held in September.
    The site lies on the western fringes of the village. It is adjacent to the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) but separated from adjoining farmland by a mature hedgerow and tree belt. The land is well located for village centre shops, Sonning Common Primary School and Chiltern Edge School.
    Head of Land & Planning Julian Pacey commented: “The submission of this planning application is the culmination of extensive discussions over several years with the Sonning Common Parish Council Neighbourhood Plan Group. The scheme will deliver a range of bungalows and family houses including much needed low cost affordable homes.”
    T A Fisher is a long established, locally based family business. In recent years the company has undertaken two schemes in the area – at Ilex Close Sonning Common and Butlers Yard Peppard Common.
    Mr Pacey added: “We are naturally delighted to be undertaking a further small scheme in the village.”

  • New start for Lane End House

    Work is due to start next spring on nine T A Fisher homes in Shinfield.
    Wokingham Borough Council recently granted Planning permission for the detached properties on a 1.18-acre plot known as Lane End House at the junction of Brookers Hill and the Shinfield Road.
    A fine house once stood on the site converted to office use some time ago and most recently occupied IFIS (formerly the International Food Information Service). The offices were demolished following IFIS move to Arborfield and will be replaced by the scheme of attractive three and four-bedroom family homes.
    The new houses, carefully designed to reflect the character of the village, will benefit from easy access to all the local services & amenities and recently the improved transport links to Reading and the M4.
    T A Fisher managing director John Fisher said: “These homes will reflect their traditional surroundings but at the same time benefit from modern construction techniques and energy saving features. These homes offer good quality design with generous outdoor space on a relatively small non-estate scheme that will complement the immediate neighbourhood and wider Shinfield village.”

  • Planning Application made for Woodcote

    Reading-based house builder T A Fisher has submitted plans to South Oxfordshire District Council to build 65 dwellings in Woodcote.
    The proposal comprises 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom houses, bungalows and apartments with a small number of 4-bedroom houses.
    The 8.5 acre site lies on the southern fringes of the village behind existing properties in Bridle Path and Goring Road. Access to the site will be from Bridle Path.
    Head of Land and Planning Julian Pacey said: “Our site is well related to the village amenities and is screened from open countryside to the south by a strong tree belt. It will deliver a wide range of principally smaller-sized dwellings, 40% of which will be affordable homes. It will also include bungalows for those who may wish to downsize. There will be landscaped buffers to the boundaries, ecological enhancements and it will deliver a package of financial contributions towards improvements to local community facilities such as education, healthcare and the village hall.”
    T A Fisher is a family-run business that has been established for over 100 years. The company has undertaken several housing developments in the locality and specialises in smaller-scale, individually-designed properties to meet local market demands. Sites developed in recent years include schemes in Woodcote, Peppard Common, Sonning Common and Pangbourne.

  • Rosedene Puts Aspiration First

    The latest T A Fisher houses to go on the market illustrate the ever increasing aspirations of home owners.
    Expectations of buyers have been steadily increasing over recent years and the Rosedene development on Finchampstead Road, Wokingham has a host of hi-spec features which match the quality of the houses.
    These touches are immediately evident in both of these two five-bedroom detached homes. Each of the ground floor benefits from underfloor heating; the kitchens, bathrooms and WCs all have porcelain floor tiles and the kitchen has a host of further characteristics. Alongside the full-size American fridge-freezer is the wine fridge and, on the island unit you will find both a pop-up extractor fan and pop-up electrical sockets. The double oven comes with a warming draw and, to the rear of the kitchen/family area, bi-fold doors lead to the landscaped garden.
    In the living room a log burner provides both heat and acts as a decorative feature. Oak stairs take you to the five bedrooms, two of them en suite, plus the main bathroom. The master bedroom’s en suite has two wash basins. Each bathroom has a chrome ladder heated towel rail.
    While Rosedene is a hi-spec development, the demand for additional quality touches represent a trend becoming more commonplace throughout the range of homes T A Fisher provides from studio apartments to detached houses.
    Managing director John Fisher said: “Over the years we have been building, it has become clear that people’s aspirations have increased. We have met this demand by providing features which are not only the most up-to-date but are of a high quality.
    “The features and finishes we provide are constantly evolving with the requirements of the modern home owners and our task is to make sure we give them the kind of quality they demand.”
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  • Completions amid wide-ranging homes pipeline

    Two significant T A Fisher apartments schemes have been completed as we turn our attention to the launch of one of our more exclusive developments.
    A total of 21 apartments, five at Fisher Court, our former offices in Mortimer, and 16 at Guildgate House in Crowthorne High Street, a former office building, now converted into apartments, are all sold. “The most interesting statistic is that a great many of our buyers are either first-time buyers or more mature purchasers. This marks a shift in the market since many developments have been characterised with ‘buy-to-let’ sales” says Steve Davies, Development Director.
    Now work at Rosedene, two detached homes in Finchampstead Road, Wokingham, has just been completed with launch due on Saturday, July 2.
    The two five-bedroom homes close to Sand Martin’s Golf Club, were a social media hit when our agent Richard Worth first publicised them, attracting more traffic to its website than any previous social media message.
    Both houses have large areas for entertaining, two en suite bedrooms and separate bathrooms and could suit young professionals on the way up, families or older people who want good facilities for visitors.
    Five further schemes are in the immediate pipeline including Phase ll of Berrybrook in Caversham where our sign has just gone up on Lower Henley Road.
    The six, three- and four- bedroom homes, accessible via nearby Ruskin Close, are due for completion in September 2017.
    Development director Steve Davies said: “Although these schemes are all residential, they illustrate a very diverse range – from studio apartments to large family houses. Our local knowledge enables us to understand a broad spectrum of the market.”

  • New appointments in the construction team

    Liam Stacey is the latest new recruit to the construction department at T A Fisher.
    Liam, who had experience with a regional developer before going travelling, will help meet the growing demands on the department as further sites are acquired.
    Liam will complement the team that includes Phil Nash and Guy Deakin, who joined earlier in the year as trainee surveyor/buyer and senior surveyor respectively.
    Phil is training to be a surveyor and will be on day release at Reading College from September.
    Guy comes to us with a wealth of experience from other housing developers.
    Alex Chapman, Commercial Manager said it is likely the department will be running more sites by the end of the year which currently include:
    • A mixed-use scheme consisting of apartments and retail units at Farnborough
    • Housing developments at Binfield Heath near Henley on Thames; Blue Prior Church Crookham, Fleet and a second phase at Berrybrook, Lower Henley Road, Caversham.
    By autumn the list should also include a scheme at Peppard Common comprising three new houses and the remodelling of an existing house.
    Alex Chapman said: “We are expanding but not in a ‘boom and bust’ way. We are quite sensible in how we go about it. We are taking on staff and that is a positive move as we grow the department.”

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