Welford House

Following the sale of the Murphy Bros. businesses in 1968 Hughie and Paddy concentrated on the property businesses which had grown out of the development of the Thurmaston Industrial Estate and which saw Charles Street Buildings (Leicester) Limited become the principle group company.

The major thrust of the Group’s growth over this period was through the design and build of prelet and speculative industrial and retail developments on land acquired by the Group. The majority of these developments took place on industrial estates in Leicestershire but the Group expanded its portfolio and geographical reach with supermarket development and office investment across the country.

In the late 1960s construction commenced at the Mill Lane Industrial Estate in Glenfield, Leicestershire which provided for more than 500,000 sq ft of industrial and warehouse space. This development was conveniently situated close to the M1 and as a result has been associated with the logistics industry to the present day with tenants such as Widdowsons and TNT.

In the mid 1970s the Group purchased land at New Star Road which had been owned by New Star Brick Company for the manufacture of bricks and having carried out remediation works developed the site over the following decade to provide over 525,000 sq ft of industrial property.

In 1975 the Group used land at Thurmaston for the construction of an 83,000 sq ft superstore for the Co-Op with attached offices and unit shops. Other stores were developed for the Co-Op at Ambassador Road in Leicester, Sileby and Loughborough.

In the mid 1980s the Group developed land close to the New Star Road Industrial Estate as well as continuing to expand its other industrial estates. Premises totalling 340,000 sq ft which had been constructed in the 1960s at Thurmaston were occupied by Walkers Crisps and supermarket development continued in West Wickham for Safeway, and Frodsham and Hinckley for Gateway. Further industrial premises were developed at Abbey Sidings, formerly part of the Great Central Railway and at the site of the former Leicester Central station in Leicester. Work also commenced at Bardon Hill near Coalville with the construction of a 125,000 sq ft unit for Schlegel Automotive.

Between the late 1970s and mid 1980s the Group acquired various office properties such as Welford House in Leicester, 39 Upper Brook Street and a property on Newman Street in London and an office building at Sir Thomas Street, Liverpool. The Group also acquired the 150,000 sq ft former Stibbe premises in the centre of Leicester, adjacent to the former Leicester Central Station.

In the early 1990s the Group continued to expand the Bardon Hill Industrial Estate and continued to diversify the portfolio with investments around the country such as at York, Chepstow, Biggin Hill, Sidcup and Droitwich.

On 30th September 1991 Hughie passed away at the age of 82 and less than 5 years later his brother and co founder Paddy died on 25th March 1996 aged 84. Paddy’s death was the end of an era and leadership of the Group was taken on by his son, Hugh.

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