Birmingham's lettings market has been boosted by the latest deal at 134 Edmund Street - Chase Commercial's 83,750 sq ft, ten storey office development in the heart of the city?s business quarter.

Law firm Anthony Collins Solicitors has taken 35,000 sq ft over the top five floors.

The firm will move from its present offices at St Philips Gate in December this year.

Deborah Evans, practice director at the law firm said yesterday: ?We have invested a lot of time and effort in staff consultation about their desired working environment and 134 Edmund Street really seems to match our criteria.

?There is no doubt that the new offices are a real improvement on those we currently occupy and will enable us to continue to develop our business.

?The building is also flexible enough to allow each individual unit to tailor their own working space in ways that will improve how they function as a team.?

Tim Haslam, managing director at Chase Commercial, added: ?We built 134 Edmund Street to address the severe shortage of Grade A office space in the city centre, so to let five floors to one tenant really comes as no surprise.

?Nor is the huge amount of interest we are currently receiving in the remaining five floors.

? W i t h strong links continually being made between the importance of the work environment and the effect it has on productivity and staff retention, we are certain that Anthony Collins Solicitors? staff will thrive in their new environment once they move in, in December.?

With an estimated value of in excess of #35 million, 134 Edmund Street is a Chase Midland/ Countrywide joint venture, funded by The Royal Bank of Scotland.

The deal with Anthony Collins follows the letting to the recently opened Opus restaurant, which is situated on the lower ground floor of the development.

Savills acted for Anthony Collins Solicitors while GVA Grimley and Knight Frank represented Chase Commercial.