Physical banks on the High Street are having to change to meet demands of new technology, says Tony Lenehan
Physical banks on the High Street are having to change to meet demands of new technology, says Tony Lenehan

Office refurb market healthy, says Styles & Wood

Fit-out firm Styles & Wood told the stock market this morning that it has secured £16m of new office refurbishment projects across Manchester and London since the start of the year.

The group's Styles & Wood Projects division has been appointed by Hermes to carry out the full strip-out and refurbishment of the eight-storey Citygate Court, a 50,000 sq ft building in Manchester city centre.

The seven-month project includes re-configuring a Barclay's branch on the ground floor of the building, relocating the entrance and creating a two-storey atrium.

Styles & Wood has also been selected by one of the UK's largest insurance services providers to design and carry-out the refurbishment of more than 150,000 sq ft of office and retail space in Manchester city centre.

Tony Lenehan, chief executive of Styles & Wood, said: "Following on from some significant success in the banking sector at the end of 2014, these new contracts demonstrate a strong start to the year and the ongoing impact of our diversification strategy."

The firm was historically known as a retail specialist before broadening its target across the commercial market.

Lenehan added: "We're confident of future opportunities in Manchester, with demand for quality office space driving refurbishment projects in the immediate future and a surge in new developments expected to come forward in the coming months. In London our team has a growing reputation in the commercial market and our integrated approach provides a key point of differentiation."

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