Award-Winning Consultancy Expands Into The Midlands

Chris Blandford AssociatesAn award-winning landscape, environmental and heritage consultancy has expanded into the Midlands with the opening of a new office in Nottingham’s historic The Lace Market – following a deal led by Nelsons.

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 which has created six new jobs.

Paul Hinchliffe, Associate in our Commercial Property team, 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.”

CBA’s team of 20 consultants and designers are currently working on high profile projects at Stonehenge, Kew Gardens, Edinburgh Castle, Jodrell Bank and in Liverpool, among others – including international projects in Georgia, Serbia, North Africa and the Middle East.

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 new offices provide a great location for CBA at a pivotal time for the Midlands. With investments such as HS2, the 2022 Commonwealth Games and 2021 City of Culture accolades, the region is described as the UK’s new growth capital with a £207bn economy and 11.5m people.”

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, which represented Spenbeck, added:

“It is exciting to see that companies like CBA are keen to grow and locate in creative spaces such as The Lace Market, and property owners such as Spenbeck are willing to invest in unique properties to get the best out of them.

“This deal has been another example where we have found that despite all the Brexit-focused talk that has dominated the headlines, people are still keen to do business. It was a joy to advise on this matter where the parties shared a mutual goal.”