10 May 2022

Construction starts on bespoke new office for Duncan & Toplis

Stirlin has begun work on a 10,000 sq ft office development for accounting and business adviser Duncan & Toplis, which will be shared with Wilkin Chapman Solicitors to support the continued growth of both companies in the area.

Representatives of all companies visited the construction site at Fairfield Industrial Estate this week for the official ground-breaking ceremony.

After reaching full capacity at their current premises in Louth, Duncan & Toplis approached Stirlin to design and build a contemporary office facility with the appropriate visual impact that will better accommodate their team.

Proposals for the development were approved by East Lindsey District Council in 2019 and although it was hoped that construction could begin the same year, the plans were delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since then, plans have been re-evaluated to ensure the project will have long term value for the company and the development will be sustainable given the rise of remote working.

Built with hybrid working in mind, the new offices will provide an ideal working environment for team members who live locally or support businesses and individuals in the local area.

The building is spread across two floors and will include open plan office spaces, meeting rooms, a kitchen and a reception area.

Managing director of Duncan & Toplis, Adrian Reynolds, said the new office will help both companies to expand their offering to local businesses, helping them to support the local and regional economy:

“I’m absolutely thrilled that construction is now underway on our new offices in Louth and I’m very pleased that our friends at Wilkin Chapman are joining us in this ambitious project.

“Since we acquired our Louth office in 2007, we’ve supported hundreds of businesses in the local area and our team members in the town have supported many more clients across the region and beyond. The number of people we employ in the area has also increased, meaning we’ve reached capacity on our current premises. This new office is a major investment which underlines our dedication to the local area and it will also create a far better working environment for our team members, many of whom live in and around the town.”

When completed, the new development will see a contemporary, open-plan office space built over two floors with a 61-space car park. It will stand between a facility owned by Lincolnshire firm Micronclean and a planned McDonald’s restaurant, with easy access to Louth and the wider region via the A16.

For Wilkin Chapman Solicitors, the office move is part of a bigger, strategic development following the appointment of CEO, Robin Simmonds.

Partner at Wilkin Chapman Solicitors, Flora Bennett said:

“We can’t wait to move into our new offices at Fairfield Industrial Estate alongside Duncan & Toplis so it’s fantastic that construction is now underway. This will provide us with a modern, flexible environment from which we can better support our clients and our colleagues. Our new Louth office will allow for improved collaboration and communication between our colleagues and clients across the Wolds region.”

Managing Director of Stirlin, Tony Lawton, said:

“We are delighted to be starting work on this bespoke new premises for Duncan & Toplis and Wilkin Chapman Solicitors.”

 “We’ve worked closely with Duncan & Toplis to identify a site that provides the ideal location and space for their growing teams in Louth. The design is outstanding, with credit to our clients for the detailed brief and our design and development team, for their ability to deliver upon the client’s requirements. While we were hoping to start construction on this a couple of years ago, the pandemic put the project on pause. However, this has given the team a chance to further improve upon the plans to ensure it fully supports a more flexible, hybrid working approach, with improved ventilation and additional parking spaces.”

If you’re a business looking for a bespoke new premises, please get in touch to see how we can bring your vision to life: 01522 682752 or info@stirlin.com.

To find out more about Duncan & Toplis, please visit www.duncantoplis.co.uk.

For more information on Wilkin Chapman Solicitors, visit www.wilkinchapman.co.uk.