Trinity Point offices in Halesowen – Halesowen’s landmark office building – has attracted three new occupiers following a major refurbishment programme, providing 80,000 sq ft of high quality office space in a central location.
Companies moving in will bring with them more than 300 jobs, boosting the local economy in an area which is undergoing extensive regeneration.
Formerly known as Midland House, these Halesowen offices were 80% vacant when it was acquired last year by the clients of leading office agents KWB. It is now 52% occupied, with a range of office space from 500 sq ft to 30,000 sq ft available.
The seven-storey commercial property in Halesowen has been given a new identity and hundreds of thousands of pounds invested in improvements throughout the office building. Specifications include new raised access floors, suspended ceilings and an efficient and economic M&E system, new air conditioning, an impressive entrance foyer with full-time commissionaire and excellent on-site office car parking.
Malcolm Jones, senior surveyor at Birmingham-based commercial property agents KWB, said the remarkable transformation has attracted three new tenants recently and there is a healthy level of enquiries from potential office occupiers.
KWB is synonymous with office space in Birmingham and throughout the West Midlands and acts for pension fund institutions, commercial property companies and private individuals, and currently has three million sq ft of office space.
Lodge Cottrell – a leading designer, supplier and installer of large scale industrial air pollution control equipment – has taken a 10-year lease on 6,800 sq ft of office space in Trinity Point Halesowen’s east wing. The long-established company moved from its former George Street offices in Birmingham city centre.
IT manager John Westbury said the officemove was necessary because its landlords wanted to redevelop the George Street commercial property. It is the best thing we have done in years,” he said. “We should have moved earlier.
“The main benefits are associated with a clean and modern office environment provided by the refurbished office space in Halesowen. This provides a more pleasant working environment which has improved employee morale.
“During the move we took the opportunity to install more modern communication systems which have already shown cost savings and improved the business operation.”
John added: “Trinity Point offices in Halesowen were chosen because of their proximity of the motorway network. From the choices available, they provided the best office location and caused the least transport disruption for the majority of our employees. They provided a good investment which will save a considerable amount of money on rent and rates over the 10-year lease period compared with offices in Birmingham city centre.”
Ambitious commercial insurance company, Johnston Park McAndrew, is a local success story. The company needed to move but wanted to stay in offices in Halesowen.
Managing Director, David Johnston, said the firm – a leading independent Insurance broker established in 1995 – has plans to grow rapidly after developing a range of products and services that have attracted a large number of clients.
He said: “We have been successful due to our commitment to delivering value and a first class service to our clients. We work closely with clients to understand their business and provide a hands-on, personal approach to service.”
The company, which employs a team of 30 staff, has taken a 10-year lease on 6,800 sq ft of office space on the fifth floor of the east wing of Trinity Point.
David said: “We moved to Trinity Point to be in larger, open plan, modern offices and a desire to stay in Halesowen. We are looking to double the size of our workforce over the next three years.
“The open plan element is a key ingredient to how we work as integrated teams which help each other. This move has liberated the potential of the business and we shall be able to realize our plans for further growth.”
Malcolm Jones, of KWB, said: “Charlton, part of Schreiber Holdings, acquired the offices in Hallesowen in January 2011 and immediately invested substantially in a comprehensive refurbishment throughout. This has resulted in office lettings of 36,500 sq ft in 12 months out of a total of 80,000 sq ft, and there are further lettings in the pipeline.
“To put this in context, when it was acquired Trinity Point offices in Halesowen were 80% vacant, making this a major success story.”
KWB’s Malcolm Jones added: “From what had become something of a white elephant, a thriving new centre of business activity and office space in Halesowen have been created, bringing much needed jobs and investment into the area.
“With a central location comes excellent communication links. Situated only two miles from junction three of the M5, the Halesowen offices provide easy access to the Midlands motorway network and are within close proximity of both Birmingham city centre and the Black Country.
“Following a £30 million regeneration programme, the attractive and thriving town centre offers a range of excellent local amenities within a short walk of the Halesowen offices. The redeveloped Cornbow Shopping Centre comprises over 50 shops and cafes, whilst the town’s state-of-the-art bus station, and the Old Hill railway station three miles away, ensures the area is well served by public transport.”