Well Secured Town Centre Investment

4 Wicker Hill | Trowbridge | Wiltshire  | BA14 8JS


subject to contract



  • Let to Funeral Services Limited, t/a The Co-Operative Funeralcare

  • Secure income – Pre-Tax Profits £63.2 million

  • In excess of 5 years unexpired lease term

  • October 2018 break option not exercised by tenant

  • £255,000, subject to contract

  • 6.0% net initial yield

4 Wicker Hill | |  | | Wiltshire  | Trowbridge | | BA14 8JS


Trowbridge is located in the county of Wiltshire approximately 13 km (8 miles) south east of Bath, 22 km (14 miles) south east of Chippenham, 40 km (25 miles) south east of Bristol and 56 km (35 miles) south west of Swindon.

The town benefits from good road communications being within close proximity to the main A350 arterial route linking to Junction 17 of the M4 Motorway approximately 25.5 km (16 miles) to the north and the A303 approximately 24 km (15 miles) south.


The property is situated in the heart of the town centre on the south side of Wicker Hill opposite the junctions with Hill Street and Town Bridge within walking distance of the train and bus station.

The Shires Shopping Centre backs onto the property which comprises 9,405 sq m (101,200 sq ft) providing more than 50 shops and parking for 1,000 cars. The centre is anchored by an Asda Superstore and other retail tenants include Vodafone, O2, Superdrug, Peacocks, Bon Marche, Iceland, Waterstones, Holland & Barrett, Specsavers and Carphone Warehouse. It is also home to Trowbridge Museum.

Gateway Shopping on Bythsea Road provides 7,000 sq m (75,350 sq ft) of prime retail accommodation where Next, Boots and Argos are currently trading. There is also parking for 240 cars.

In addition Innox Mills, formerly the Bowyers site, is almost diagonally opposite the subject property. Comprising approximately 10 acres it is of significant importance to Trowbridge and the owners are currently devising plans to comprehensively regenerate the land into a mixed-use scheme.

4 Wicker Hill | |  | | Wiltshire  | Trowbridge | | BA14 8JS
4 Wicker Hill | |  | | Wiltshire  | Trowbridge | | BA14 8JS


The property comprises a mid-terraced retail unit on ground floor. Internally the accommodation has been fitted out as a funeral directors in the tenant’s usual corporate style. The property benefits from access to the rear and one car parking space is included in the tenant’s lease.

The first floor comprises a self-contained residential flat which has been sold off on a long lease.


The property has been measured by BKR Floor Plans and provides the following net internal floor areas;

  Sq M Sq Ft
Ground Floor 122.44 1,318

The measured survey is available to download and can be re-addressed to a purchaser.

4 Wicker Hill | |  | | Wiltshire  | Trowbridge | | BA14 8JS
4 Wicker Hill | |  | | Wiltshire  | Trowbridge | | BA14 8JS




The ground floor is let to Funeral Services Limited t/a The Co-operative Funeralcare for a term of 10 years from and including 18th October 2013, expiring on 17th October 2023 (in excess of 5 years unexpired lease term). The lease is subject to a minor Schedule of Condition and the tenant has a right to park one vehicle at the rear of the property.

The tenant had a right to terminate their lease on 18th October 2018 but has chosen not to exercise this break option.

The current passing rent is £15,000 per annum. The lease benefits from an upwards only rent review on 18th October 2018.

There are two additional car parking spaces at the rear of the property which are each let at £30.00 per month (£720.00 per annum) by way of two separate licences.

Therefore, an investor will benefit from a total income of £15,720 per annum.

The first floor residential accommodation is let on a 125 year lease from 11th January 2013 at a peppercorn rent.

4 Wicker Hill | |  | | Wiltshire  | Trowbridge | | BA14 8JS
4 Wicker Hill | |  | | Wiltshire  | Trowbridge | | BA14 8JS


The income is well secured to Funeral Services Limited (No. 30808R) which has reported the following figures;

  6th January 2018
Revenue £310,631,000
Pre-Tax Profit £63,285,000
Total Assets £1,692,110,000

The Co-operative Funeralcare is the trading name of Funeral Services Limited which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Co-operative Group (No. 00525R) and the UK’s largest Funeral Director.

Co-operative Funeralcare operate over 1,000 funeral homes. Their service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and covers all aspects of a funeral service, providing these services for all faiths, cultures and beliefs and they also provide a range of funeral plans which allows clients to plan their funeral in advance.

With origins tracing back to 1844 the Co-Operative Group has become one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives and the largest mutual business in the United Kingdom, with interests across food, funerals, insurance, electrical and legal services.

In the 2017 financial year, Co-operative Group Limited reported a Revenue of £9.47 billion with underlying profit before tax of £65 million.

For further information visit www.co-operative.coop.


The Seller is registered for VAT and has opted to tax. Therefore, it is anticipated that the sale will be treated as a Transfer of a Going Concern (TOGC).

4 Wicker Hill | |  | | Wiltshire  | Trowbridge | | BA14 8JS
4 Wicker Hill | |  | | Wiltshire  | Trowbridge | | BA14 8JS


We are instructed to seek offers in the region of £255,000 (Two Hundred and Fifty Five Thousand Pounds), subject to contract, reflecting a net initial yield of 6.0%, assuming standard purchaser’s costs of 2.38%.

Please note a purchaser will be charged a transaction fee of £1,000 plus VAT.

Investment Considerations

  1. An opportunity to acquire a freehold town centre investment;

  2. The property is let to the secure covenant of Funeral Services Limited (Pre-Tax Profits £63.3 million), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Co-Operative Group;

  3. In excess of 5 years unexpired lease term;

  4. The tenant’s 2018 break option has not been exercised, demonstrating their commitment to the property;

  5. A purchase at the asking price will provide an investor with an attractive net initial yield;

  6. Attractive lot size for investors.

4 Wicker Hill | |  | | Wiltshire  | Trowbridge | | BA14 8JS

Contact Us

Singer Vielle   +44 (0) 207 935 7200
Neil Singer neil@singervielle.co.uk +44 (0) 203 478 9120
Dale Henry dale@singervielle.co.uk +44 (0) 203 701 1356
Ed Jeffs ed@singervielle.co.uk +44 (0) 203 701 1353
Faye Langoulant faye@singervielle.co.uk +44 (0) 203 478 9122
Louanne Malan louanne@singervielle.co.uk +44 (0) 203 701 1386

Vendors Solicitor

Thrings +44 (0) 122 534 0172
Charles Wakefield CWakefield@thrings.com