Professional services firm agrees lease at the Mailbox, bringing 700 jobs to Birmingham

A leading engineering professional services consultancy is bringing 700 jobs to Birmingham after agreeing terms on a 47,000 sq ft office space at one of the city’s most high profile location.

WSP is consolidating several of its regional operations at the Grade A space at the Mailbox, with the new space to serve as its West Midlands headquarters.

The deal mirrors that agreed by software group Advanced, which took 45,000 sq ft of space at the Mailbox in 2015, creating 400 jobs.

WSP, which employs 7,640 people across the UK, provides technical expertise and strategic advice across a broad range of sectors including real estate, infrastructure, transport, healthcare and energy.

In Birmingham, WSP has been involved in some of the most significant redevelopments in the city, including 212 Broad Street, the Radisson Blu hotel, Snowhill 3, Grand Central and the Bullring.

The floorspace at the Mailbox is currently undergoing extensive refurbishment. On completion, the offices will benefit from enhanced sustainability features, exposed services, an abundance of natural light, canal views, a dedicated entrance lobby and direct access to car and bike parking, in addition to access to the broader Mailbox estate.

The WSP pre-let marks a continuation of large commitments to the city and the broader region by major businesses including HSBC, PwC, Deutsche Bank, Jaguar Land Rover, HS2, HMRC and Advanced.

Ashley Hancox, of CBRE, joint office leasing agent for the Mailbox, said: “This pre-let to WSP marks another significant achievement for Birmingham, which has enjoyed a record 2017, seeing take-up exceed 1 million sq ft. 

“Together with its central location, landmark status, range of uses and 24/7 environment, the Mailbox is perfectly positioned to help market-leading occupiers attract and retain the best talent and improve productivity and well being amongst staff. It is this combination of key factors that explains why the office space at the Mailbox is now 100% spoken for by occupiers of the quality of WSP, the BBC, Advanced and Associated Architects.”

WSP is expected to move to the Mailbox later this year.