Building work has begun on a 10,000 square foot office development for two local employers.
Representatives of both companies, as well as design and build partner, Stirlin Developments have visited the construction site at Fairfield Industrial Estate for the official ground-breaking ceremony.
Built with hybrid working in mind, the offices will provide an ideal working environment for team members who live locally or support businesses and individuals in the local area.
Managing director of Duncan & Toplis, Adrian Reynolds, said the new office will help both companies to expand their offering to businesses in the area, helping them to support the local and regional economy:
“I’m absolutely thrilled that construction is now underway on our new offices in Louth and I’m very pleased that our friends at Wilkin Chapman are joining us in this ambitious project.
“Since we acquired our Louth office in 2007, we’ve supported hundreds of businesses in the area and our team members in the town have supported many more clients across the region and beyond. The number of people we employ in the area has also increased, meaning we’ve reached capacity on our current premises. This new office is a major investment which underlines our dedication to the region and it will also create a far better working environment for our team members, many of whom live in and around the town.”
When completed, the new development will see a contemporary, open-plan office space built over two floors with a 61-space car park. It will stand next door to a facility owned by Lincolnshire firm Micronclean, with easy access to Louth and the wider region via the A16.
The office will be available for use by all Duncan & Toplis team members as part of the company’s hybrid working policy, which enables individuals to work from home as well as locations of their choosing, including offices which are closer to their homes or closer to clients. The new office will replace both companies’ existing premises in Louth and should be completed by the end of the year.
For Wilkin Chapman Solicitors, the office move is part of a bigger, strategic development following the appointment of CEO, Robin Simmonds.
Partner at Wilkin Chapman Solicitors, Flora Bennett said:
“We can’t wait to move into our new offices at Fairfield Industrial Estate alongside Duncan & Toplis so it’s fantastic that construction is now underway. This will provide us with a modern, flexible environment from which we can better support our clients and our colleagues. Our new Louth office will allow for improved collaboration and communication between our colleagues and clients across the Wolds region.”
The office has been designed by Lincolnshire-based contractor Stirlin Developments, which is also leading on its construction.
Managing Director of Stirlin, Tony Lawton, said:
“We are delighted to be starting work on this bespoke new premises for Duncan & Toplis and Wilkin Chapman Solicitors.”
“The design is outstanding, with credit to our clients for the detailed brief and our design and development team for their ability to deliver upon the client’s requirements. While we were hoping to start construction on this a couple of years ago, the pandemic put the project on pause. However, this has given the team a chance to further improve upon the plans to ensure it fully supports a more flexible, hybrid working approach, with improved ventilation and additional parking spaces.”
Proposals for Duncan & Toplis’ Louth development were approved by East Lindsey District Council in 2019 and although it was hoped that construction could begin the same year, the plans were delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, the company has re-evaluated plans for how it would use the space to ensure that the project will have long term value for the company and that the development will be sustainable given the rise of remote working.
Duncan & Toplis has 11 offices across Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire. The company has more than 400 team members, specialising in a wide range of services including accountancy, tax and business advice, audit, assurance services, HR, payroll, wealth management, IT services, international business services and business turnaround support. The company has also recently launched new marketing services and corporate finance services for business clients.
To find out more about Duncan & Toplis, please visit www.duncantoplis.co.uk.
For more information on Wilkin Chapman Solicitors, visit www.wilkinchapman.co.uk.