EY has celebrated moving to its new office in the heart of Southampton, after signing a three-year licence on Grosvenor House late last year.
Following an extensive refurbishment, which included creating vibrant collaborative work spaces, with floor-to-ceiling graphics, featuring traditional Southampton scenes, new meeting rooms and amenity areas, EY’s 140-strong workforce in the city have taken occupation of two floors of the prestigious 30,000 sq ft office building.
The move has increased floor capacity by over 20% from EY’s previous office and will support the business’ ambitions to grow the audit and tax service teams across the South coast corridor. In 2019, the team grew by 40 and with more recruitment planned for the next 12 months, the new office offers an ideal new base to support EY’s strategic growth objectives.
The Southampton office forms part of the wider EY Thames Valley and South region, a 700-plus strong business, which also includes an office in Reading.
EY Southampton Office managing partner Dave Hales said: “Since signing the lease at the end of November, the entire team here in Southampton have been excitedly waiting for the day when we could move into our new office. The move brings to fruition months of planning and hard work. I’d like to thank agents JLL for their support in finding us a new home in the city and BE.Spoke, who undertook the fit-out operations, for an absolutely amazing new office.
From left: Jonathan Weinbrenn of BE.Spoke, Nella Pang of JLL and Dave Hales, office managing partner at EY in Southampton
“Our new environment is a space where we can truly collaborate as a team and welcome existing and new clients. It is ideally located near the city centre, close to amenities and transport links and has ample room to expand in the future.
“Southampton and the South coast have a thriving economy. This move shows we are fully committed to Southampton and to providing the best possible service to our clients and to exploring opportunities across the region.”
Agents JLL advised on the lease agreement.
BE.Spoke signed a 10-year lease on Grosvenor House and provided an outsourced managed solution for EY.