Wilsons to expand after property deal

Thursday, 15th November 2012

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The firm has signed a 15-year lease on the 31,000 sq ft Alexandra House on St Johns Street for rent of £356,500 a year.

Wilsons has relocated 164 staff from four offices across the city to the new premises. It said the move will allow the firm to increase the number of staff in the city to 200.

The property, which was built in the 1950s and had previously housed the Crown Court and Inland Revenue, has undergone a refurbishment costing more than £1m over the last 18 months. Office fit-out specialist business Maris completed the refurbishment.

Hampshire commercial property consultancy Hughes Ellard represented the landlord, Romsey-based property developer Fussell Group in the transaction. Trethowans acted for the landlord and Wilsons represented itself. 

Andrew Roberts, Wilsons’ managing partner, said: “Wilsons has been part of the fabric of Salisbury, and vice-versa, since being founded in 1731 and we very much wanted to remain here while searching for the right premises to accommodate the next chapter in our growth story.

“Staying true to the firm’s roots, as the largest and oldest legal firm in this great city, Alexandra House presented us with the ideal location in which to consolidate our various local offices. Alexandra House gives us the much-needed space to accommodate up to 200 high-quality jobs in the years to come, helping to generate inward investment into Salisbury and the wider area.”

Nik Cox, a director at Hughes Ellard, which has offices in Southampton and near Portsmouth, said: “This is the largest office deal in Salisbury by area size in 25 years and is a significant confidence marker.”

Garry Treagust, head of the commercial property group at Trethowans, added: “This represented the largest office deal in nearly a generation in Salisbury and we are delighted to help the Fussell Group conclude this transaction.”

Wilsons has been located in Salisbury for nearly three hundred years and also has an office in London. The firm earlier this week sold its Bristol office to Michelmores.

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