At 103 Colmore Row, Browne Jacobson Opens New Birmingham Office

In order to prepare for future growth in the West Midlands, Browne Jacobson has launched its new look office at 103 Colmore Row, the city’s newest flagship commercial development.

103 A 108-meter-tall, 26-story commercial office skyscraper called Colmore Row is situated on Colmore Row in Birmingham, England. This structure replaced the previous NatWest Tower, which John Madin designed and finished in 1975.

The company reported record earnings of £94 million for the fiscal year 2021–2022; the Birmingham office had double-digit revenue growth, with earnings reaching over £23 million. The turnover increased by 30% as a result of this increase since 2019.

The new multi-functional area on the 15th Floor of the iconic building offers an improved working environment for its workers and clients thanks to the collaboration with office design and fit out professionals, Office Innovations.

In favour of more adaptable, collaborative workspaces that double as client conference rooms or private offices, the company has cut the number of traditional desks by 40%.

To complement its hybrid working approach, the company has implemented the most recent developments in video conferencing technology. In line with its commitment to more positive working environments the Browne Jacobson – Office Innovations design team has also introduced living walls alongside a series of images, chosen by staff, that capture the essence of the city.

The team also sought assistance from the company’s Disability Networks Group on how to make the new area as inclusive and accessible as feasible. As a result, in addition to male and female restrooms, the company has added height-adjustable work surfaces in the bistro-style kitchen area.

Shoosmiths Has Announced a Move to 103 Colmore Row

Shoosmiths has acquired 32,900 square feet at Birmingham’s 103 Colmore Row, the largest letting to date for the landmark skyscraper, which has attained practical completion, and puts the total office space pre-let or under offer to 60%.

103 Colmore Row is a 230084-square-foot Grade A office building. With a beautiful top-floor restaurant it is a premier location in the heart of Birmingham’s busy Business District.

Shoosmiths is currently headquartered at Two Colmore Square, with a workforce of 300 legal advisers and support personnel.

Colmore Business District is a business improvement district that was established to project manage improvements and services to Birmingham’s business district.

Agreed Lease Term

Shoosmiths has agreed a 15-year lease on the 11th, 12th, and 20th floors. Sterling Property Ventures and Tristan Capital Partners’ EPISO 4 Fund.

It comes on the heels of many leases signed with new tenants in 2021, including Grant Thornton, wealth management and financial advisers Tilney Smith & Williamson, and flexible workspace operator x+why.

103 Colmore Row features 223,631 square feet of BREEAM ‘Excellent’ Grade A office space, high-quality amenity spaces, and a variety of technology advancements.

District Energy Scheme

103 Colmore Row will be the first office building in Birmingham’s Business District to connect to the District Energy Scheme.

The scheme has also received an EPC A rating. This indicates that it is one of the most energy-efficient commercial office buildings in the United Kingdom.

Cushman & Wakefield, Colliers International, and Knight Frank are marketing office space at 103 Colmore Row.

Shoosmiths’ Birmingham office is led by Alex Bishop and Beth McArdle. They are responsible for the firm’s contribution to and profile in the local business community.

Pinsent Masons Law Firm Realigns its Professional Services Offering

Professional services are occupations in the service sector requiring special training in the arts or sciences. Some professional services, such as architects, accountants, engineers, doctors, lawyers, and teachers, require the practitioner to hold professional degrees or licenses and possess specific skills.

Multinational law firm Pinsent Masons has brought together a range of skill set offerings to launch a professional services practice group as it further embeds its strategy to become a purpose-led professional services business with law at the core.

Pinsent Masons Vario, will become a practice group and sit alongside the firm’s traditional legal practice service lines, and will combine the firm’s flexible resourcing division, diversity and inclusion consultancy Brook Graham, technology and consulting group, legal project management and managed legal services capabilities in response to client demand for commercial expertise alongside legal capabilities.

Over the past three financial years, Pinsent Masons Vario has achieved average year-on-year growth in excess of 30% and has opened in four new jurisdictions. In addition to this, it has grown its global client base to 250 clients in the past year.

Pinsent Masons Overview

Pinsent Masons was born out of a merger between Birmingham firm Pinsent & Co and Leeds firm Simpson Curtis in 1995. A London presence came in 2001 via a merger with City boutique Biddle with the rescue of the Midlands part of collapsing firm Garretts a year later.

The final piece of the jigsaw came in 2004, when Pinsents merged with Masons – a firm with a stellar reputation in the fields of construction, engineering, projects, energy and tech, with offices in London, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The early years were not entirely carefree: there were problems integrating the two legacy Manchester offices, a stream of partner departures included insurance dispute practice head James Crabtree and Bristol commercial property group head Rosemary Pike, and staff satisfaction was not all it could be; however, partner profits rocketed an unheard-of 70 per cent, from £234,000 to £400,000, in 2005/06.

Commercial Real Estate Consultancy Appoints New Associate Director

2017 Birmingham Young Professional of the Year finalist Charles Jones has been appointed Associate Director within Lambert Smith Hampton’s Birmingham team. BYPY is an annual award ceremony, which recognises the stars of the city’s professional services.

Birmingham is a major city in England’s West Midlands region, with multiple Industrial Revolution-era landmarks that speak to its 18th-century history as a manufacturing powerhouse. It’s also home to a network of canals, many of which radiate from Sherborne Wharf and are now lined with trendy cafes and bars. In the city centre, the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is known for pre-Raphaelite masterpieces.

Lambert Smith Hampton is one of the United Kingdom and Ireland’s leading, and most progressive, property consultancies with over 40 offices and 1700 staff.

Lambert Smith Hampton help owners, investors and occupiers achieve their business goals with a suite of integrated services including sourcing, planning, funding, advising, managing, valuing and selling properties, across both the public and private sectors.

Lambert Smith Hampton are passionate about the work we do within the built environment, ensuring communities remain connected, while relentlessly challenging the status quo. After all, it’s their lifeblood to find new ways to solve the biggest property challenges of their time.

Charles Jones, the newly appointed appointed Associate Director said, “I’m excited to join Lambert Smith Hampton where I’ll be working closely with a highly skilled national hotel specialist team. Simon Stevens, David Creamore, Martin Davis, Dan Whittaker and Hugh Anderson are all industry leaders and very respected by operators within the sector.”

Looking to buy or let office or industrial space in Birmingham? Need commercial consultancy advice? Speak to the Lambert Smith Hampton’s Birmingham team.

Commercial property is real estate intended to generate a profit, either from capital gains or rental income. Commercial property includes office buildings, medical centres, hotels, malls, retail stores, multifamily housing buildings, farm land, warehouses, and garages.

Meet Birmingham Young Professional Of The Year Laura Thursfield

Finance professional Laura Thursfield has been named Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY) 2018. As illustrious guests from around the second city attended BPS Birmingham Future’s awards ceremony at The International Convention Centre.

BYPY is an annual event that recognises the finest talent across six award categories, with one category winner taking the title of overall winner. In addition to national exposure, the winner receives an Executive MBA from Aston University.

Winning a category at BYPY positions you as an exemplary figure and role model within the West Midlands business community.

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More about Laura Thursfield

Laura Thursfield is an Independent Financial Adviser at Mazars LLP. Laura is responsible for leading the Birmingham Financial Planning team and for a wide range of Midlands-based clients. She has experience advising a wide range of private clients, from senior partners, directors and business owners through to independently wealthy individuals. In recognition of this, Laura was named Rising Star in the Women In Financial Advice Awards 2018.

As Birmingham Young Professional of the Year 2018, Laura acted as a national ambassador for Birmingham and is committed to improving the financial literacy of the city, in particular working alongside schools to develop key skills and self-development opportunities.

Alongside studying her Executive MBA at Aston Business School, Laura is a Trustee of CORE Education Trust and a member of the BPS Engage Committee, all contributing towards the goal of creating a supportive environment in which all who live and work in the region can thrive.