Although it is only 20 miles from London, Hertford has its own character as an historic county town set in the Hertfordshire countryside. Thames Contracts, based nearby in Barnet, has worked with many companies in the area since being established nearly 25 years ago. If you need office design experts Hertford, Thames has the expertise you are looking for and we will be happy to arrange an initial consultation.
Focus on Hertford
Hertford, the county town of Hertfordshire, is a desirable place to live and is set where four rivers join. The centre is steeped in history and still has a medieval layout that includes ancient buildings with updated frontages. Among the many historic landmarks are Hertford Museum, based in a 17th century townhouse, and the remains of Hertford Castle, which has its roots in Norman times. The castle was frequented by English royalty in the 14th century; however, only the gatehouse still remains, which has been extended in subsequent years and now houses the council offices.
The town centre is known for its range of shops and restaurants, and Bircherley Green shopping centre has a range of well-known brands such as New Look, Waitrose and the Carphone Warehouse. There’s also a lively Saturday market in the town centre.
Among the popular places to visit are the River Lee, which has a small marina with a number of narrowboats. The Corn Exchange, in Fore Street, lies on the site of an old jail and hosts live music, comedy, and art exhibitions, and the Theatre in The Wash has a year-long programme of events including music, plays, and cinema screenings.
Despite its relatively small size, Hertford has produced many celebrities over the years. Among the famous names from the town are Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint and singer-songwriter George Ezra, best-known for his single ‘Budapest’.
Education and Employment
A number of schools are based in the area. This includes the well-known private school Haileybury and Imperial Service College, just outside the town in Hertford Heath. It started off being a boys’ public school and is now co-educational, for pupils aged 11-19 years.
The major employers in the area include local government, with Hertfordshire County Council and East Hertfordshire District Council based in the town. The locally-based brewery McMullens has a history going back to the early 19th century, and its base is now known as the Whole Hop Brewery.
Hertford has good transport links, with two rail stations. Many people who live in the town take the 50-minute commute into London to work, to arrive at either Liverpool Street, Moorgate or Kings Cross Station. The larger towns of Stevenage, Harlow and Bishops Stortford are also based nearby. London’s Stansted and Luton Airports are both within easy reach.
The town’s transport links are a major advantage for any businesses and start-ups based in the area. However, although Hertford benefits from being close to London, it is offers a slower pace of life and lower property prices compared to equivalent-sized buildings based right in the heart of the city.
If your company is based in Hertford, or any other part of Hertfordshire or London, and you need to find office design experts, get in touch with Thames Contracts for a quote and details of our services.
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