Firm announce relocation to new city centre development

Steve Harvey, Managing Partner of Chester law firm/Wirral law firm/ regional law firm, Hillyer McKeown, has announced that the firm is to relocate its Chester Head Office this summer to Watkin Jones’ new Grade A office development at Gorse Stacks in Chester city centre, following the sale of their Murlain House Offices.

The 100 strong team will relocate to the new development at Gorse Stacks, where it will occupy 14,000 sq. ft. over 2 floors on a 25-year lease. The development which is currently being fitted out by Watkin Jones Construction, will include ‘enhanced office facilities’ and ease of access for staff and clients alike.

Steve Harvey said: “After a detailed search for the right premises for our growing team, we are now very pleased to have exchanged contracts on Gorse Stacks, which occupies an enviable position in the heart of Chester City Centre. The new office space provides the ideal setting from which to grow and further cement our future development plans. It was imperative to us that we remain in the City Centre, and Gorse Stacks provides us with an eco-friendly open plan space that will enable collaborative working across departments, enhancing our commercial offering to clients.”

Murlain House has been sold and will be redeveloped to become the new home of the University Cathedral Free School, which is set to open its doors in its new location in September.

Mark Watkin Jones, Group MD for developer, Watkin Jones, said: “Gorse Stacks is a comprehensive £40m mixed use scheme that we have developed in the heart of Chester. We have worked through several iterations to deliver an excellent scheme that we are very proud of. It includes a 48,500 square feet, multi-occupied 21st century medical facility, 42 modern city dwellings, a 350 space public under croft car park and the only new grade A office accommodation in Chester. We were aware of the lack of modern office space within Chester and attracting tenants like Hillyer McKeown re-enforces our decision to build the office block speculatively. We are confident that another significant tenant for the City will be announced shortly.”

Steve added: “We are confident that our new location and modern office base will provide an excellent platform from which to further enhance our presence in Chester and extend our profile in the City and across the wider region.”