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Investment in new office pays dividends for wealth management firm St James’s Place

A firm tipped to be riding high in the forthcoming Top 100 Businesses in Gloucestershire magazine has been recognised as one of the best workplaces in the South of England and South Wales.

Investment generally pays dividends for super-successful wealth management firm St James’s Place and new office space at its Cirencester headquarters has done just that.

The firm’s St James’s Place Phase II (SJP II) was recognised at the annual British Council for Offices (BCO) regional property sector awards.

The prestigious BCO awards programme recognises the highest quality developments and sets the standard for excellence in the regional and national office sector.

SJP II was named as winner of the Best Corporate Workplace at a ceremony held last week in the At-Bristol Science Centre.

Richard Kauntze, chief executive of the BCO, said: “St. James’s Place Wealth Management has worked closely with developer Citygrove to design an elegant and efficient office that compliments their existing office on the site, creating an attractive campus environment. Alongside the other buildings recognised at this year’s awards, SJP II sets a standard of quality for future projects in the region and around the UK.”

John Wright of Stride Treglown, and judging chairman for the awards, said: “The judging panel was incredibly impressed by all of this year’s projects, and choosing between them was not an easy task.

“Entries were judged on a range of different criteria including occupant wellbeing, sustainability, flexibility, architectural skill and flair, and above all their effectiveness as a workplace. It is evident how the role of the office plays a key part in regeneration, and ensures the continued attraction and retention of the best talent in the area.”

SJP II was designed as an extension to the existing office to meet the expansion requirements of St James’s Place Wealth Management who required new accommodation for an additional 450 employees.

The BCO judging panel praised the development team at Citygrove for creating a modern, contemporary building in SJP II that fits comfortably into the traditional streetscape of this Cotswold town.

The design has maximised development on this constrained site by incorporating the plant within the main building volume, the judges said, maintaining key views across town and exploiting the level change across the site to incorporate two levels of car parking with a wing of the building.

The judges added that the feeling of quality created with the building’s exterior carries on to the inside, with natural light flooding into the office space that has been fitted out using natural materials to create a calm atmosphere. 

The Top 100 Businesses in Gloucestershire magazine is due out on Wednesday, June 28, and available free in the Gloucester Citizen and Gloucestershire Echo newspapers.