Mills & Reeve confirms new office as they set their sights on Paradise

(L to R): Liz Bailey, Head of Office Occupier Services in the Midlands at CBRE; Jayne Hussey, Head of Office in Birmingham at Mills & Reeve; Ross Fittall, Commercial Director of Paradise Birmingham development and asset managers at MEPC; Charles Toogood, Principal & Managing Director, Offices in the Midlands at Avison Young.

National law firm Mills & Reeve has confirmed they will be moving their Birmingham team to a new office location following an 18-year stay at Colmore Row.

Mills & Reeve is taking 32,000 sq ft of space on the fourth and fifth floors of One Centenary Way in Paradise Birmingham in the Summer of 2024 amid team growth and the requirement for a larger space.

The law firm has had a presence in Birmingham for 25 years and has spent the last 18 years at its office in the heart of Birmingham city centre in Colmore Row. Starting with a team of five employees the team has now outgrown their space with more than 300 current employees, 170 of them being lawyers. The firm has ambitions to expand even further and increase its presence in the city.

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

Mills & Reeve provides a full legal service offering from its Birmingham base, including corporate, banking, commercial, employment, private wealth, real estate and family.

Signing up for one-and-a-half floors of cutting edge office space at One Centenary Way, Mills & Reeve will share the building with other occupiers, including Goldman Sachs, Arup and JLL.

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.”

The building’s impressive sustainability credentials include a pure electric heating and hot water supply system and SMART access to services, information and facilities.

A major new landmark for the city overlooking Centenary Square, the low carbon, all electric and highly sustainable structure was designed by Birmingham based architects, Howells, with engineering input from Arup. The distinctive design and steel exoskeleton frame enable it to straddle the A38 Queensway tunnel that runs directly beneath it.

Sitting right at the heart of Birmingham, One Centenary Way provides next-generation office space for companies. 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 spaces also dedicated to the building occupiers.

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.