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News - 02/06/2015

Grand new office suites launched by Hortons' Estate

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Hortons’ Estate has appointed Johnson Fellows and Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) to market refurbished offices at The Grand, Colmore Row.

The family owned property company has invested more than £1.5m creating 10,000 sq ft of grade A office suites on the first and second floors of the development, overlooking St Philip’s Cathedral.
The offices, known as Imperial and Whitehall, will be available from October following an eight month fit-out.

High quality office suites in the heart Birmingham's business community

There are up to 15 suites, ranging from 195 sq ft – 2,000 sq ft, available on flexible lease terms.
Charles Warrack, Head of Office Agency at Johnson Fellows, said: “This really is a wonderful opportunity for businesses to locate to high quality office suites right in the very heart of the Birmingham business community.
“The accommodation is currently undergoing a complete refurbishment, which has created magnificent space, brought to market when there is a drought of small grade A office suites in Birmingham. There has already been a surge of interest from small professional service sector businesses looking for prime accommodation in Birmingham city centre.”
Alex Tross, Head of Office Agency at LSH in Birmingham, said: “Usually occupiers looking for smaller suites are forced to compromise on quality and location. At Imperial and Whitehall that is no longer the case.
“The accommodation is a fantastic blend of period splendour and modern, efficient office space that is not available elsewhere in the city. Imperial and Whitehall offers one of the best addresses in the city centre and some of the best space too.”

First phase of multi-million pound restoration complete 

The release of the Colmore Row offices, along with ten retail and leisure units, marks the completion of the first phase of the multi-million pound restoration of The Grand. Extensive works to repair the Colmore Row and Church Street facades of the Grade II listed building, and the installation of a new roof, are also close to being completed.
Although the Grand Hotel closed its doors in 2004, both the office and retail accommodation along Colmore Row continued to be occupied until December 2014, when Hortons’ began the reconfiguration and refurbishment of the space to bring it up to modern occupier standards.
Tony Green, Chief Executive at Hortons’ Estate, said:  “The restoration of The Grand is a long, painstaking and expensive process.
“While a lot of work remains to be done to return The Grand to its former glory, releasing the commercial space on the Colmore Row façade is a significant milestone and kick-starts the renaissance of one of Birmingham’s most prominent and best-loved buildings.”
Work on phase two of the restoration, the £1.25million repair of the Barwick Street façade, has now commenced.


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