The new headquarters for Ipswich-based law firm Birketts has today reached practical completion and it should be occupied by the company’s staff by the middle of 2018.

The new home for the company, in Princes Street, will be named Providence House to mark the fact that the company started in the front room of Benjamin Birkett’s home in Providence Street in Ipswich back in 1863.The shell of the building is now complete approximately a year after construction work started, and it will then take several months to fit out the technology within the offices.

Staff are expected to move in during May 2018 and by mid-summer 275 people should be working there. Eventually it could provide accommodation for 350 employees.

Mr Agar said it was important for the company to have a high-profile office in the heart of the town’s commercial district.

He said:

“We are the region’s main law firm based right here in Ipswich town centre and it is important that we have a presence here. “It is a high-quality building that we hope our clients will like – but it is not too over-the-top.”

Stephen Clark, from Churchmanor estates, said the building was the latest that the company had developed in the town – and it has worked closely with Birketts and the council to ensure it meets the needs of the company and its landlord. He said: “We have been developing sites here in Ipswich for more than 30 years and Princes Street is now becoming a significant business area for the town.”