Property firm reinforces bricks and mortar message with move to bigger office

From left: Kellie Wakefield, Gary Melling, Ken Jones
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Property and construction advisory firm, Jones Melling, is expanding its presence in Chester after relocating to new offices in one of the city’s growing business districts.

The firm, which has 19 staff and offices in London and Preston, has made the short move from Watergate Row South, in the heart of the city’s retail area, to Grosvenor Court on Foregate Street.

Jones Melling provides commercial and residential building surveying, quantity surveying and project management services to clients across the UK.

The move comes after outgrowing its current Chester office, which it opened in 2018.

Director and co-founder, Ken Jones, said: “When we opened our first Chester office in 2018, our ambition was to build a strong presence in the region’s property and built environment community and build our client portfolio, and we have succeeded in doing that.

“We have worked on some prestigious projects within Chester’s heritage and conservation area, as well as advising a growing number of commercial property owners, investors and private home owners in Cheshire and North Wales.

“Our new open plan office will give us a stronger infrastructure by enabling us to accommodate a growing team while providing our fantastic people with modern, collaborative working spaces.”

Jones Melling’s clients include historic and listed building owners, commercial landlords, developers and builders, educational establishments, funders, healthcare providers and high net worth individuals.

Ken believes bricks and mortar offices are important for workplace culture. He said: “While the pandemic has proven that, technically, anyone can work anywhere in the world, every business and individual is different so flexibility is the key.

“As a business that operates in the property and construction sector, a lot of our time is spent inspecting and surveying buildings, as well as seeing clients. Our team has the flexibility to work from home, but having that bricks and mortar office is so important for culture, team working, setting standards and the wellbeing of our staff.

“Forging local relationships is important, too. We are surrounded by other professionals in Grosvenor Court. As a people business, the success of our client projects and business is down to relationships, so having fellow professionals on our doorsteps is a boost for us.”

He added: “We believe that this office move will not only deliver our team a much more engaging working space, but it will also allow us to continue delivering the highest quality of advice and service offered to our clients in Chester, Cheshire, North Wales and across the UK.”