A new chapter for the Simmons & Simmons Bristol Office
08 Jan 2018
Twelve year lease signed for Aurora, Finzels Reach
International law firm Simmons & Simmons further demonstrates its commitment to Bristol by taking the top two floors of the Aurora building in Finzels Reach from January 2019.
The firm has agreed a 12-year lease for 27,000 sqft of office space in one of Bristol’s most exciting and sought after locations. This is a new chapter for the Bristol team who, working with their London colleagues as a single integrated UK practice, undertake premium work for premium clients in the firm’s chosen sectors - both in the UK and internationally.
Simmons & Simmons currently holds 16,000 sqft of office space at Linear Park; the move to the newly built Aurora will provide a modern and inspiring work environment to allow the firm to continue to attract and develop the best people in the legal industry the market has to offer.
Bristol office head and financial services partner, Mahrie Webb commented: “We are very excited to be moving to the new Aurora building and the Finzels Reach location. Since opening our Bristol office in 2012, we have attracted some of the brightest and best lawyers the market has to offer - but we see this as just the beginning. If we are to continue to attract and retain high quality people to do premium work for premium clients we will need an office environment and location that is modern, inspiring and suited for the way people wish to work now and in the future. I see this move as good news for our people and, therefore, good news for our clients.”
Aurora is a landmark Grade A, BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ and a LEED Gold standard, headquarter building of 95,531 sqft in Bristol's central business district. It is the only building outside London and one of only six in the UK to achieve the BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ award under the new, toughest rating scheme.
Key green features including rooftop mounted solar panels, intelligent LED lighting, water saving technology and an emphasis on creating a healthy working environment, with fresh air and plenty of natural light from the floor to ceiling glazing. There will be bicycle storage facilities, lockers and showers on site.
Cushman & Wakefield were the advisors for Simmons & Simmons, with Savills advising Cubex, the developer. Funding was provided by Palmer Capital.
Peter Walford, director at Cubex, said: “We are thrilled that Simmons & Simmons will be moving to Aurora and that the building is now 40 per cent pre-let. This represents the second deal we have secured at Aurora, illustrating continued buoyant demand in the city for high calibre office space with outstanding environmental credentials and an important emphasis on staff well-being in the workplace. It is fantastic to see work continuing apace on Aurora and we expect to be announcing more deals in the near future as the building has attracted further serious interest recently.”
Steven Wright, director at Palmer Capital, said: “It is excellent news that Simmons & Simmons will be joining Aurora. This new Grade A office building for Bristol that will provide much-needed office space of the right quality in the right location in a city where there is currently very little supply, whilst setting a new standard in Bristol in terms of its sustainability credentials.”