Francis Graves is returning to its roots more than half a century after it was founded in Edgbaston.

The company - which has just been acquired by the Riley Group - is taking up residence in new offices in 54 Hagley Road.

Enjoying a fresh start to the new year, the construction consultants are joining a new raft of property professionals heading back to the green pastures of Edgbaston, following a migration to the city centre in the 80’s and 90’s.

Mark Bevan, who heads up Francis Graves believes that Edgbaston is being once again recognised as an attractive proposition for occupiers with the influx of investment from landlords.

£15 million was invested in 54 Hagley Road during its refurbishment and owners Merica Real Estate, an affiliate of US-based private equity firm, Westbrook Partners, is continuing to invest in the building.

Caffe Kix, a new upmarket coffee shop has recently opened in the statement glass atrium and is attracting a wide audience from tenants to nearby office workers.

“Moving to Edgbaston and new offices has provided us with the opportunity to go forward with new vigour, reflecting on what made Francis Graves great in the first place,” said Mr Bevan.