The first office block in a £120m business quarter in Chester city centre is starting to fill up with the announcement of another letting.
National commercial law firm Excello Law has taken space at One City Place, next to the railway station, which is intended to be the first of seven buildings.
Excello Law, which already has offices in London, Liverpool and Leeds, will be based in Suite A on the ground floor on a 10-year lease. With a national team of nearly 80 lawyers, it’s anticipated up to 10 lawyers and support staff will initially be based in Chester, with room for expansion if needed.
The news comes after first tenant, energy specialist Power Solutions (UK) Ltd, moved onto the fourth floor following a relocation of its 54-strong workforce from its current offices in Trafford Street, Chester.
And accountancy firm RSM has relocated about 85 people from its existing Steam Mill base to take a 8,116 sq ft floorplate on the top floor.
Phil Mayall, development director at Muse, said: “Excello Law is the third organisation to take space in the building in the last three months and with more lettings in the pipeline, One City Place is really starting to fill up. We look forward to welcoming the firm to Chester in the New Year and to making further lettings announcements about the scheme in the coming weeks.”
George Bisnought, managing director of Excello Law, said: “One City Place is a fantastic development and we are very pleased to be opening our newest office there. This development supports our expansion plans across the region and offers both our team, and our clients, a fantastic space to work and meet.
“City Place is in a superb location, with the railway station right on the doorstep. The whole area has a buzz about it and we’re delighted to be moving in.”
Andrew Percy MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary Of State and Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Guto Bebb MP, under secretary of state for Wales, recently visited One City Place.
And the building has been crowned ‘Best Commercial Scheme’ at the North West Property Awards.
City Place is part funded by a £4.8m development loan from the North West Evergreen Fund and a further £1.4m grant from the European Regional Development Fund.