New waterfront home for expanding Bristol software specialists

Iken develops and implements market-leading adaptive business efficiency software – including work tracking, case management, matter management and time recording, as well as document and court bundling. Iken software users can be found in the public and private sectors across the UK, as well as the rest of Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific region.

The 35-strong company, established in 1997, moved from Lewins Place to almost 6,000 sq ft of space in 1, George’s Square, Bath Street – positioned on the former Courage Brewery site overlooking Bristol’s Floating Harbour.

The move was spurred by Lewin’s Place being reallocated for residential use under “Permitted Development Rights”: the 1970s pink-granite clad building has now been earmarked for conversion into 130 apartments.

“Our new home is not only closer to the business heart of the city,” says Iken’s General Manager Tanya Corsie, “but it’s also a far better setting for a company that is serving blue chip clients around the globe. As well as giving us more meeting space, the move will enable us to keep on track with our expansion ambitions.”

The new offices were acquired for Iken by Williams Gunter Hardwick. Comments Andrew Hardwick: “Iken’s move is indicative of how Bristol’s business heart has moved in the last decade or two in the direction of Victoria Street and the Temple Quarter. 1, George’s Square is now very much at the heart of things and has a highly attractive water frontage. The area around Lewin’s Mead and Rupert Street once had upwards of half a million sq ft of offices: much of that has now been converted to residential or student accommodation and is no longer business centric.”

The new offices comprise 5,820 sq ft of Grade A space and were let to Iken on a lease expiring in 2023 at £19.50 psf with a break at year six. People Source Consulting has also recently acquired 6,335 sq ft at 1 Georges Square.

GVA and Colliers represented the landlords, Clarke Willmott.