Multi-disciplinary consultancy expands into Nottingham

The Birkin Building

An landscape, environmental and heritage consultancy has expanded into Nottingham after opening a new office in The Lace Market.

Chris Blandford Associates (CBA), which opened its first office in Sussex in 1977, has taken 768 sq ft of office space in the recently refurbished 19th century Birkin Building in Broadway – a move that has created six new jobs.

Paul Hinchliffe, associate and solicitor in Nelsons’ commercial property team, who worked on the deal said: “This was a rewarding transaction to be a part of and it further cements Nottingham as a great and upcoming city to do business in.

“It’s great that CBA has relocated its HQ to Nottingham, showing it is committed to investing in the Midlands. The Birkin Building is stunning and in a unique area of Nottingham – Spenbeck has done a brilliant job with the conversion.”

Managing director at CBA, Dominic Watkins, said: “We are very pleased to have been assisted by Nelsons into moving into the new Spenbeck-managed premises.

“Nottingham – in particular The Lace Market – is a great location for our new Midlands office due to the city’s entrepreneurial, creative and independent spirit. We were impressed by Spenbeck’s passion for breathing new life into historic places, which we share.

“In addition to supporting our business growth strategy, the new office will also complement our established presence in London and the south east. We have also created six new jobs so far in the Nottingham office to strengthen our heritage and landscape consultancy offer.

The Birkin Building, former nightclub spaces that have been remodelled by family-run property company Spenbeck, is now an office space spanning one floor that overlooks the cityscape.

Victoria Green, chief executive officer at Spenbeck, said: “CBA has been a pleasure to work with from start to finish. We are delighted to have the team as part of our tenant community in The Lace Market.

“We believe that not only do they enrich places in terms of their provision of consultancy services, but having them choose Nottingham to expand their office requirement only reflects positively on the city’s draw for national companies of this kind.

“We are looking forward to enjoying a long working relationship with them, both as tenants and through work on our own Grade II listed historically significant buildings in The Lace Market – CBA’s new home.”

Sanveer Sandhu, associate at Shakespeare Martineau, represented Spenbeck.