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Duncan & Toplis invests in new Louth office

This office is a ‘major’ investment for the firm as the number of people it employs in the area has increased, and it will reportedly create a better working environment for team members, many of whom live in and around the town

Duncan and Toplis has announced that work has begun on its 10,000 square-foot office development in Louth, which will be completed by the end of the year.

The firm will share the new space with Wilkin Chapman Solicitors to support the growth of both firms, and the new office will replace both companies’ existing premises in Louth.

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 next door to a facility owned by Lincolnshire firm Micronclean, with access to Louth and the wider region via the A16.

Additionally, the office will be available for use by all team members as part of Duncan and Toplis’ hybrid working policy, including working from offices that are closer to home or to clients. 

Duncan and Toplis said the new office will help both companies to expand their respective offerings to businesses in the area, helping to support the local and regional economy.

For Wilkin Chapman Solicitors, the office move is part of a “bigger, strategic development” following the appointment of its chief executive officer (CEO), Robin Simmonds.

Proposals for the development were approved in 2019, but plans were delayed by the pandemic. Since then, the company has re-evaluated plans for how the project will have long-term value for the company and that the development will be sustainable.

Adrian Reynolds, managing director of Duncan and Toplis, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled that construction is now underway on our new office 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 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.”

Flora Bennett, partner at Wilkin Chapman Solicitors, said: “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.”

Tony Lawton, managing director of Stirlin, said: “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 the plans to ensure it fully supports a more flexible, hybrid working approach, with improved ventilation and additional parking spaces.”

The office has been designed by Lincolnshire-based contractor Stirlin Developments, which is also leading on its construction.

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