Stantec UK Ltd branches out with new offices at Robert Hitchins’ PS21 in Bristol

Global design and engineering company Stantec UK Ltd has opened a new office in the heart of Bristol at premises recently refurbished by developer Robert Hitchins Ltd.

It has taken a 10-year lease with Robert Hitchins Ltd on 2,333ft2 on the second floor of PS21 in Prince Street.

Stantec (formerly MWH) is a top-tier global design and delivery firm, employing more than 2,000 people in the UK and 22,000 all over the world. Started in 1954 in Canada, Stantec is now a public company with a diverse portfolio of clients and projects. In the UK, some of its major projects have included water treatment and distribution schemes, energy from waste plants, hospitals and academic buildings.

Procurement Manager for Stantec UK, Carol Daniels, said: “PS21 suits us perfectly because of its location in the heart of Bristol. It’s a very good quality space with all the amenities we need and the transport links are ideal. We already have an office in Cardiff, and our new presence in Bristol puts us close to our clients in the South West.”

Senior Development Manager for Robert Hitchins Ltd, Michael Plimmer, welcomed Stantec. “We’re really pleased to secure our sixth letting at PS21 in a short space of time. The prime city centre position close to bars, restaurants and shops has made it a sought-after location for growing businesses keen to attract top talent who favour the city centre working environment,” he said.

PS21 provides light, open office space complete with air conditioning, shower facilities, fitted kitchens, bike store and parking, and close to city amenities and is suitable for a wide range of occupiers.

The offices were the home of the TSB’s 300 finance, communications and HR staff until 2015. They were acquired by Robert Hitchins Ltd and refurbished in 2016.

Other tenants at PS21 are national recruitment agency Blue Arrow, essential business services provider kinex, Rapleys property and planning consultancy, Concert Consulting, and global engineering company Ricardo.

Joint letting agents were Knight Frank and CBRE. Andy Smith from Knight Frank said: “Availability in this size band of the market is low, especially if occupiers are seeking high-end accommodation. We’ve been very pleased with the quality of interest.”