Providence House, Princes Street, Ipswich
A new 55,000sqft office building for the headquarters of Birketts LLP

Birketts LLP, one of the largest office employers in Ipswich Town Centre, had for many years been expanding and were beginning to suffer from being located in range of buildings across the town.

We worked with Birketts to help them understand their property needs and to design an appropriate building for them.

A 1 acre site was identified in a prime location in Princes Street in Ipswich and following detailed design a planning consent was granted. The 5 storey fully air-conditioned office scheme includes a roof garden on the upper floor.

Following completion of the office building Birketts entered into a long term lease with the created investment being sold to Ipswich Borough Assets, a wholly owned entity of Ipswich Borough Council.

We were delighted to be able to help Birketts LLP to achieve their ambition of housing all their staff under one roof. Their headquarters building now provides a major landmark for Ipswich.

Providence House was a finalist at the British Council for Offices Awards 2019 and was awarded Highly Commended for Best Commercial Project at the Local Authority Building Control awards 2019.

Project facts


Birketts LLP and Ipswich Borough Assets Ltd


55,000sqft office building


Birketts LLP



Project value

For many years Birketts has had a longstanding need for new business premises in Ipswich but failed to find any viable options. By entering into a joint venture with Churchmanor we found the perfect partner who had the expertise, skills and qualities that allowed us to develop the proposition that resulted in modern, contemporary office space that is so important for our staff, our clients and our future plans. Top quality office space is an absolutely crucial part of our recruitment, retention and reward programme as we look to further grow the business. The partnership with Churchmanor Estates, supported by Ipswich Borough Council, has delivered a bespoke solution that ensures we are at the forefront of new investment into Ipswich, in a flagship office in the ‘Princes Street corridor.
Jonathan Agar, Chief Executive Officer at Birketts