Charity commemorating the military’s highest honour relocates

The Victoria Cross Trust, a charitable organisation that works to ensure the memory and graves of every Victoria Cross – the highest military decoration awarded – recipient are remembered and maintained, has relocated to the West Moor Park Networkcentre in Doncaster.

The move, which will see the trust take a three year lease on a 1,229 sq ft unit within the popular site after Doncaster Council confirmed that it intends to redevelop the charity’s former premises at Ashworth Barracks on Cedar Road.

The deal with Doncaster-based NSM provides the charity with a reception, office and storage facilities and lies close to junction 4 of the M18, offering easy access onto the M1, A1 and M62.

Steven Abell from the Victoria Cross Trust said: “When we were unable to renew our lease at Ashworth Barracks we needed to rethink our estate strategy. As a result, the museum will close and our displays will be on loan to museums around the UK, allowing continued access to our collection which commemorates the lives of holders of the Victoria Cross.

“We chose the West Moor Park Networkcentre for our new home as it is so accessible, both for the team but also to get out to schools around Yorkshire and beyond as part of our education outreach programme. The NSM team was really helpful, providing advice and support so we can reconfigure the warehouse space to provide a cost-effective office and storage solution allowing us to dedicate our time to locating, restoring and preserving Victoria Cross graves.”

Alongside the Victoria Cross Trust, West Moor Park Networkcentre has also seen its tenant Rethync Ltd take additional space, resulting in Westmoor Park Networkcentre being fully let.

Helen Gordon, Associate Director from NSM, said: “The Networkcentres offer adaptable space for small to medium sized businesses. As there is such a shortage of industrial space which also provide high quality offices they are in high demand, as evidenced by our tenant Rethync’s recent expansion.

“It is great to welcome the Victoria Cross Trust to the business community here and the team has enjoyed working with the charity to help plan how the warehouse could be reconfigured to provide the office and storage accommodation they need to help them continue to recognise the valour of our military.”