Freeths invests in office fit-out following expansion

Estilo Interiors has completed the design and build refurbishment of Freeths’ Birmingham office on Colmore Row.

The top 50 law firm moved to the Colmore Building in 2015, acquiring additional space in 2019 to accommodate its expanding workforce. The firm now occupies 15,000 sq ft on the third floor of the building, with space for up to 150 people.

Savills advised Freeths on the acquisition and acted as project managers for the fit-out works.

Freeths’ brief to Estilo was to design ‘neighbourhoods’ within an open plan environment, to accommodate specialist teams. The objective was to create a workplace which will see the business into the next decade and provide staff with an environment to work effectively and collaboratively, encourage mobility, flexibility and stimulate interaction.

Estilo Interiors designed the project to WELL Building Standards*, combining best practice in design and construction with an emphasis on staff health and wellbeing.

The refurbishment was completed within 14 weeks, with the offices remaining fully functional throughout. Noise control measures were put in place and supplemented by out-of-hours working to minimise disruption.

Andrew Moore, managing director at Estilo Interiors, said: “Freeths is a fast-expanding national law firm and a Sunday Times ‘Best Company to Work For’. It was important to them that their working environment reflected their commitment to maintaining a happy and healthy workforce and we worked closely with them to achieve this.”

Richard Beverley, managing partner at Freeths, said: “Our history in Birmingham has been one of rapid growth and we are proud of the progress we have made here. When expanding our office space to twice its original size, we took the opportunity to create an office for the 2020s, adopting the latest technology and moving to a fully agile working environment. The feedback from both our staff and visitors to the office has been extremely positive.”

Estilo Interiors, based in the Jewellery Quarter, specialises in interior design, fit-out, refurbishment and furniture provision for the office and education sectors. Established in 2003, the business turned over £15million in its last financial year and is looking to grow to £20m in 2020.

*The WELL Building Standard is an international rating system for building, interior spaces and communities seeking to implement, validate and measure features that support and advance health and wellness.