Law firm to relocate 300 staff to Paradise

Jayne Hussey of Mills & Reeve and Ross Fittall of MEPC

Mills & Reeve has announced it will be taking the fourth and and half of the fifth floor of One Centenary Way, at landmark development Paradise.

The law firm will take 32,000 sq ft next summer, moving more than 300 staff from its current Colmore Row office, where it has spent the last 18 years.

It will share the the low carbon, all electric and highly sustainable building with other occupiers, including Goldman Sachs, Arup and JLL.

Designed by Birmingham based architects, Howells and with engineering input from Arup, the building’s sustainability credentials include a pure electric heating and hot water supply system and SMART access to services, information and facilities.

The basement of the building features Birmingham’s first dedicated public cycle hub with space for up to 312 bikes, showers, storage and maintenance facilities with 144 parking spaces.

Turnover for the group for 2022/23 grew by 12%, beating a planned growth target of 11.4%, to reach a record high of £147m.

Jayne Hussey, partner and head of the Birmingham office at Mills & Reeve said: “Our move to One Centenary Way marks our continued commitment to the city of Birmingham and to our ambitious growth plans. As our team grows we are excited to be moving to an up and coming, ever evolving location in Paradise.

“Our decision to move to One Centenary Way also reflects our commitment to minimising our impact on the environment and recognising our responsibility for guardianship of the environment. It’s one of the city’s most sustainable and SMART buildings providing cutting-edge technology, services and amenities which reflect our corporate values and will support our future growth and ambitions.”

Ross Fittall, commercial director of Paradise Birmingham development and asset managers, MEPC said: “We warmly welcome Mills & Reeve to the Paradise estate where they join many other top-ranked, Blue-Chip organisations and companies. As a centre for the city’s professional services sector, Mills & Reeve will find themselves in very good company.

“This is yet another vote of confidence in One Centenary Way and is a testament to its exceptional sustainable credentials which are such an important factor for businesses looking at how their future workspace fits with their own ESG aspirations. The building offers superb opportunities to promote staff wellness and wellbeing, with on-site facilities like a cycle hub, storage, changing rooms and a sauna.”

CBRE acted for Mills & Reeve while Avison Young advised MEPC and Paradise on the letting.

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