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About Birchmere

Who We Are

We comprise several companies operating in the property and construction industries. We are privately-owned. The parent company, Birchmere Limited, was established in 1975 but several of our companies date back earlier than this.

What We Do

Primarily, we rent our own portfolio of residential and commercial property in Dorset. We buy land and investments and build residential and industrial buildings to add to our existing portfolio. We manage our property portfolio in-house.

Our Aim

To improve and expand our portfolio through both the refurbishment of existing premises and the addition of new-build developments.

The Birchmere Group consists of a number of companies operating from their office headquarters in Sandbanks Road, Poole.

Two companies within the Group have been involved in property in the Poole/Bournemouth conurbation for many years; Stansmore (Builders) Limited, founded in 1936 and John H Wilson & Son Limited which was established in 1886 and who were once one of the largest building contractors in Dorset.

Birchmere is very much a local company with all of its property holdings situated in Dorset.  Industrial units form the main core of the business although the portfolio also includes offices, shops and residential dwellings for rent.

The main focus of the Group’s activities has been centred on Poole where around 70,000 sq ft of factories are owned on the Nuffield Industrial Estate with further units totalling some 150,000 sq ft in Stanley Green, Fleets Lane, Dawkins Road, Ringwood Road and Sandbanks Road.  The company also has property in Bournemouth, Christchurch, Bere Regis, Dorchester, Verwood and Holton Heath.

The company is constantly looking to add to its existing land bank.  Prime sites include approx. two acres at Tower Park and six acres at Fleetsbridge in Poole.  In 2003, the company purchased the former Royal Navy Cordite Factory at Holton Heath which comprised around 300,000 sq ft of buildings in a 38 acre site.  The land-holding was further added to in 2008 when it purchased an additional 80 acres at Holton Heath.

In recent years the company has moved from building in-house to placing JCT contracts to local building contractors which has enabled the development of multiple sites at the same time.  In 2016/2017, Birchmere completed a scheme at Avro Business Park, Christchurch comprising 27,114 sq ft of business units for let.  In addition, Birchmere was pleased to develop premises at Yarrow Road in Poole to provide a stand-alone Van Centre for Breeze Volkswagen.

In 2011 the company took the decision to increase its residential investment holding and, by developing existing sites including that of the former Ashley Road Police Station in Upper Parkstone, has since added a further 39 houses and flats to its portfolio.

Birchmere has been involved in property for many years and through continued inward investment aims to expand its current portfolio and improve the service it provides to its tenants for many years to come.