Peoples Choice Design competition Ascot Business Park has been commended in the People’s Choice Awarda newly introduced category in the RBWM's  Design Awards.  Upton House School in Windsor won by a whisker.

The best of building design was celebrated on Thursday January 20th in the Royal Borough’s 2010 Design Awards, held in Maidenhead Town Hall’s Desborough Suite.

Winners in five categories – new build, renovations or extensions, sustainable design, historic environment/conservation and designed open space and the public realm – received plaques from Cllr Alison Knight, Cabinet Member for Planning and Development. A new award went to the People’s Choice winner, which was selected through public votes.

Upton House School, Windsor – this new category attracted more than 300 votes with Upton House’s new purpose-designed nursery school building receiving the most.

Ascot Business Park, (left)  which has transformed the area to the south of Ascot Railway Station, received a commendation for coming a close second.
Royal Borough residents were  invited to vote for their favourite new local building rom a shortlist of four – Click on 'Read More' below to see photos of the other three shortlisted buildings.

Read more: Ascot Business Park Design Award

Pictured: Richard Payton, Branch Manager Ascot and Suzi Bowyer, Account Manager Support.

Handelsbanken which was recently rated the second strongest bank in the world by Bloomberg, has taken 1605 sq ft of space in the second largest building on the Park – 2 Queen’s Square - to create a new branch in Ascot.
Founded in 1871, Handelsbanken has over 700 branches in 22 countries of which 122 are in the UK. It is a full-service bank but what sets it apart from other high street banks is its decentralised way of working where the local customer takes priority rather than individual products. Last year Handelsbanken gained, for the third year running, the highest level of customer satisfaction amongst British Bank customers according to an independent survey.
Comments Richard Payton, Branch Manager of Ascot, “for us, the branch is the bank. We seek to nurture long term relationships with our customers which has resulted in our growing success, “ He continues, “Ascot Business Park gives us the right mix of convenience and quality that we have been searching for to open our new Ascot branch”.
“Adding such a high-profile tenant to our growing list of successful occupiers is a great privilege and accolade for us”, comments Vanessa Durham, Ascot Business Park’s Marketing Manager. “It endorses our own strength in providing a magnificent backdrop for our tenants, reflecting their own on-going success across the board”.
For further information on Handelsbanken, visit or call Richard on 07788 428391
For further information on Ascot Business Park, visit

Read more: Handelsbanken at Prestigious Ascot Business Park

 Please click on the photo to enlarge it


Already well established on Ascot Business Park, award-winning furniture solutions company, Fully Furnished, welcomes the relocation of their designer brand off-spring, Callister Russell, into their new premises just next door.  Having had a phenomenally successful 2012 to date, Callister-Russell has now moved into their own studio, E9, which they have purchased freehold.  Creating and designing inspirational lifestyle interiors for ultra -luxury commercial and residential clients, Callister-Russell has already been awarded a Highly Commended accolade in the category of Residential Property Interior in 2011 for one of their projects.  This move will allow them to expand and recruit to accommodate the new business already in the pipeline for 2012 and 2013.

Read more: Lifestyle Interior Design Company | Callister Russell | Now at Ascot Business Park


Ascot Business Park are pleased to announce the arrival of FES FM Ltd to the Park who have taken 2,533 sq ft in 3 Queen’s Square.   Comments Marketing Manager, Vanessa Durham, “We are delighted to welcome FES FM to Ascot Business Park to join our growing list of prestigious occupiers. For further information regarding Ascot Business Park, visit

ascot business park  FES FM Ascot



Highly successful marketing agency, BEcause, has signed up to taking the lease on the last studio left on Ascot Business Park.  Influential in the world of “experiential” marketing, ie live promotional marketing through road shows, events and social campaigns, BEcause has already won multiple commendations for its performance in the world of branding and marketing.

“Our intelligent account teams and charismatic brand ambassadors, all with boundless energy, enthusiasm and expertise, get our clients’ products and services talked about and recognised in the market place,” says Sharon Richey, BEcause’s talented founder who has also earned the accolade of Business Woman of the Year in 2009.   She continues, “we just loved the edgy feel of the studios which will provide the ideal backdrop for inspiration and creativity, both areas in which we excel.  The convenient location right next to Ascot Station also tipped the scales for us.”

“BEcause fits in perfectly with the other enterprising and creative occupiers in the studio block, and indeed throughout the park,” comments Vanessa Durham, Ascot Business Park’s Marketing Manager. “And the park’s perfect and convenient location always wins the day”.

For further information regarding BEcause, visit

For further information regarding Ascot Business Park, visit



Please click on the photo to enlarge it
Vikings invade Papplewick!: Monday 25th February at Papplewick School in Ascot looked a little different from usual, with hordes of young Vikings invading the premises!

The Viking Day started with a fashion show to show off the boys’ costumes.  They played a board game about Viking explorers and their adventures, and decoded a secret message written in Rune writing to find some treasure in the school grounds.  Finally they designed and decorated a Viking long ship.

“The day really brought the Vikings alive at Papplewick,” said headmaster Tom Bunbury.  

papplewick school ascot

Please click on the photo to enlarge it
Baby ‘beardies’ born at Papplewick School: New hatchlings at Papplewick’s Herpetology Club have caused great excitement at the boys’ preparatory school in Ascot. 
The baby bearded dragons – known as ‘beardies’ - hatched at school just before the boys got back from their Christmas holidays, and they have all been adopted by willing and caring Herpetology Club members.

Steve Elkington, Science Master at the school who runs the Herpetology Club, said: “The boys have watched the eggs being laid in the sand, and helped to move them to the incubator.  They’re thrilled with the new arrivals. We have more beardies’ eggs and a batch of leopard gecko eggs about to hatch at any moment!”

The Herpetology Club is a highly popular activity at the school.  There are around 100 boys in the club, and the animals they have include 60 snakes, mostly corn snakes, and all constrictors (not poisonous); more than 20 bearded dragons, and a number of leopard geckos.  

papplewick school ascot

Please click on the photos to enlarge them     

Papplewick boys in Treasure Island anticsPapplewickboys from Years 7 and 8 put their all into an enthusiastic version of ‘Treasure Island’ last week (Thursday 29 November to Saturday 1 December).  In a musical interpretation by Stephen Kingsbury of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale, the cast of forty boys included rum swilling patrons, a bevy of island beauties,  a troupe of skeletal phantoms and mutinous pirates.

The musical charts the treasure-seeking antics of the irascible Long John Silver, (Max Michael, year 8); Jim Hawkins, (Sean Douglas, year 7); Squire Trelawney (Louis Triggs, year 8); Doctor Livesey, (Sam Mason, year 8); Billy Bones (William Woodward, year 7); Black Dog (Victor Lovato, year 8); Big Jesse (Jason Zhou, year 8) and Blind Pew (James Brydon, year 7) - not to forget Polly, Silver’s prattling pet parrot played by Jasper Bambury, year 8.   The marooned Ben Gunn was interpreted as a Noel Coward/Hugh Hefner character by William Shawe-Taylor, year 8.

“The play packed a bawdy, heady punch!” said headmaster Tom Bunbury, “and both audience and boys enjoyed the production enormously – it’s a great way to end the term.”

Read more: Papplewick | Treasure Island Delights !