Rapleys property and planning consultancy has moved into offices recently refurbished by developer Robert Hitchins Ltd in the heart of Bristol.

The company has taken a 10-year lease with Robert Hitchins Ltd with a five-year break on 1,798ft2 on the second floor of PS21 in Prince Street, at £26 per square foot.

An expanding team and the introduction of a new service line were the main drivers behind the move. Rapleys now has a dedicated team in the Bristol area focusing on Building Consultancy, has expanded their Town Planning department and last year established a new service, Neighbourly Matters, which is based at the Bristol office.

Partner Simon Harbour said the company decided to migrate its Clifton branch to the city centre to further aid in the expansion of Rapleys’ presence in the South West and benefit from a more modern and comfortable working environment.

“PS21 suits us exceptionally well as it has a great position in the heart of Bristol with good transport links which will make us more accessible for our clients. We actively encourage clients to hotdesk in our offices and this space provides a flexible environment to facilitate this” he said.

Senior Development Manager for Robert Hitchins Ltd, Michael Plimmer, welcomed Rapleys. “This is our fifth letting at PS21 since the refurbishment was completed less than a year ago. There is good demand for these smaller suites and we are delighted that only the top floor suite of 4,069ft2 is now available,” he said.

The letting agents in Bristol are Knight Frank and CBRE.

Andy Smith from Knight Frank said: “It’s great to see the quality of the refurbishment drawing another high-calibre occupier to PS21. With the remainder of the 2nd floor now under offer, only the top floor is left available and we have strong interest in this too.”

PS21 provides light, open office space complete with air conditioning, shower facilities, fitted kitchens, bike store and parking. It is close to city amenities and is suitable for a wide range of occupiers.

The other tenants at PS21 are national recruitment agency Blue Arrow, essential business services provider kinex, global engineering company Ricardo, and Concert Consulting.