Construction and property consultants Robinson Low Francis have moved into new offices in 54 Hagley Road after acting as consultants on the building’s £15 million upgrade.
Joint office agents Jonathan Carmalt from King Sturge and Mark Robinson from GBR have brokered the deal for RLF to move from older premises on Hagley Road.
Mr Robinson said: “RLF’s move is a classic case in the current climate of a firm using its savvy to upgrade the quality of its offices significantly, to a more prominent address with better facilities at a very price competitive rental level.”
RLF’s move into 54 Hagley Road comes ahead of work on a new café and meeting room facilities.
With seven offices in the UK and one in Malta, RLF provides construction and property related consultancy services to public and private sector clients and is currently involved in projects with a total value well in excess of £1 billion.
David Harris managing partner for RLF in Birmingham said he never considered the possibility that they would aspire to be working in the high quality offices they helped refurbish, as he explains. “Birmingham is a key office for RLF and a significant market for us,” he added. “Our existing lease was coming up for renewal and we were presented with an opportunity to occupy a 6,400 sq ft floor at 54 Hagley Road which was too good to turn down.
“From initial contact to completion of the overall deal only took a few weeks and Mercia have been very flexible in meeting our requirements.
“It’s a sound strategic move for RLF, raising our profile in the city and significantly improving our working environment in first class space in a landmark building on the Hagley Road.”
The new owner of 54 Hagley Road, Mercia Real Estate, says it is offering attractive terms and flexible conditions to prospective occupiers to maximise its assets and secure tenants in difficult trading conditions.
The company, which is an affiliate of US-based private equity firm Westbrook Partners, said the refurbishment has created a stylish working and lifestyle environment that will satisfy the needs of companies that are anxious to recruit and retain quality staff.
It has a new central reception area, air conditioning, six new lifts and suspended ceilings with LG7-compatible lighting, as well as open floor plates with carpeted raised floors, new toilets and showers, and improved disabled facilities.
All this is complemented by views across Edgbaston, according to the firm. which is one of Europe’s largest Urban Conservation areas.