Located in the heart of the city’s business district, the refurbishment led by Area – a commercial design, fit-out and furniture consultancy - saw a complete overhaul spanning six floors of the period building. Incorporating impressive new client suite; breakout areas; fully serviced café and meeting space; sit-stand desks to encourage agile working; cycle parking and shower facilities, the investment aims to support collaboration, innovation and wellbeing across the office’s 250-strong workforce.
Also highlighting the firm’s connection with Birmingham - the second largest Mills & Reeve office in the UK – is a new feature wall in the office’s main foyer, artistically replicating a map of the city’s canal network.
West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street, formally opened the refurbished office in a speech delivered to around 300 guests from the region’s business community at an event last night (27 February).
Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, said:
“Innovation is key to business success now and in the future, and Mills & Reeve is set to continue delivering on its commitment to driving this forward here in the region with this new state-of-the-art office.
“The investment into such a stunning workplace is a real show of intent, one that will no doubt inspire its 250-strong workforce and build on the firm’s reputation as a great legal business. It’s also brilliant to see Mills & Reeve launch its latest Innovation 50 campaign, which since 2017 has celebrated some of the best businesses in the region and helped them to grow.
“The hunt is now on for the region’s top innovative businesses, and I encourage firms to get an entry in for a chance to be featured on the 2019 list.”
The event also marked Mills & Reeve’s launch of its Innovation 50 2019 campaign – a biannual hunt for some of the Midlands’ most forward-thinking firms, culminating in an in-depth report. Businesses featured in the 2017 Innovation 50 include The FA’s St. George’s Park, automotive giant Horiba MIRA, intelligent buildings consultancy Vanti, Miss Macaroon and engineering firm Lontra.
Steve Allen, Head of Mills & Reeve Birmingham, said:
“Mills & Reeve is committed to Birmingham. A city that has been our home since 2005. This significant financial investment into our base here will set the tone for the firm in the years to come, as we pursue better ways to work as a team for the good of our clients.
“We are incredibly proud of our new office and believe it will play an important role in allowing the firm to attract and retain the best legal talent. It was a pleasure to welcome the Midlands business community to our unveiling last night, topped off with the launch of our 2019 Innovation 50 campaign.”
During the refurbishment, furniture from Mills & Reeve’s office was provided to local charity, the Dogs Trust in Kenilworth and redundant IT equipment was donated to IT Schools Africa.