Green light for firm’s move to city’s outskirts
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We are very pleased that the planning application has been approved This is an exciting moment for us in the delivery of our long-term ambitions. Mark Hews
ONE of Gloucester’s biggest businesses will leave its city centre headquarters for purpose-built offices on the outskirts.
Insurance and financial services firm Ecclesiastical, based in Brunswick Road, will relocate to Gloucester Business Park in Brockworth where a new home will be built for them.
The plan was announced in October and Tewkesbury Borough Council approved plans submitted by the park’s owners Arlington.
The new office will provide the company with a ‘modern and flexible working environment’ with sufficient parking for employees and visitors and will accommodate all of the firm’s Gloucester-based employees.
Ecclesiastical, which has been based in Gloucester since the 1970s, has strong links to the city and is committed to remaining in the Gloucester area, a spokesman said.
The lease on its current offices is due to expire at the end of 2020.
Mark Hews, group chief executive of Ecclesiastical Insurance, said: “We are very pleased that the planning application has been approved.
“This is an exciting moment for us in the delivery of our long-term ambi- tions. The new site will provide modern accommodation for our colleagues, providing them with an environment where they can thrive.
“As one of the county’s biggest employers we want to commit our future to Gloucestershire and we will maintain our strong links to Gloucester through our numerous partnerships and charitable projects.”
Now planning permission has been approved, the insurer expects the building to be completed during 2020 with the move to take place before the end of that year. tom.gob[email protected]plc.com
Ecclesiastical’s offices in Brunswick Square