Birketts announces plans for a new headquarters in Ipswich

Published: 11/06/2014

Birketts, the full service, top 100 UK law firm, has announced that it is the prospective occupier of a new site in Princes Street, Ipswich.

The site is currently owned by Ipswich Borough Council, and its executive is due to discuss the possible sale of the land at its meeting on 17 June. Should the application be approved, the proposed new headquarters will be built by developers Churchmanor Estates.

Jonathan Agar, chief executive officer for Birketts, said: “There is still some way to go but we are delighted to finally secure a new site after a nine-year search for suitable premises. Our roots are very firmly based in Ipswich but after several years of expansion we’ve simply outgrown our existing premises. Securing this site is essential to executing the firm’s long-term growth plans and continuing to provide our clients with a first class service.”

Councillor David Ellesmere, Leader of Ipswich Borough Council, said: "This is a very positive story for Ipswich and could open the door to further redevelopment in Princes Street. The Council and Churchmanor are successfully supporting Birketts to realise its ambitions while developing an area that is in need of regeneration.”

Stephen Clark, managing director of Churchmanor Estates, said: “We are delighted to have identified suitable premises for Birketts. We are working to a two-year schedule. Our immediate focus is to help secure planning consent for the site.”

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