Stepnell hands over state-of-the-art office building heralding new era for law firm Brethertons


Stepnell has finished work on the new Rugby home for leading regional law firm Brethertons LLP.

All under one roof

A handover of the keys by Stepnell Group development director Peter Wakeford to Brethertons partner Trevor Dyer marked the completion of the new Montague House office in Clifton Road and the start of a fresh era for Brethertons, which was originally founded in Rugby over 200 years ago.

The new three-storey building has enabled the firm, one of Warwickshire and Oxfordshire’s largest firms of solicitors, to bring together its entire Rugby team – over 100 people which were based in three offices - under one roof. Brethertons staff have just moved in.

Low-energy design

Designed by Rugby-based HB Architects, the 1,616 sq m building is sympathetic to the local Rugby School Conservation Area. It features an open-plan flexible design with break-out rooms and individual client meeting rooms. The building is formed around a reinforced concrete frame, with concrete floors and a concrete roof, including pitched roof sections and concrete walls along with masonry walls, which incorporate elements of structural glazing with low emissive glass.

As part of the low-energy design, the building’s exposed concrete elements absorb heat during the day with temperature-controlled motorised louvres dissipating the warm air at night. Brise soleil sunscreens are installed to ground- and first-floor south-facing windows. The roof is fitted with photovoltaic panels. A high ‘B’ EPC Rating has been achieved, which meets the shared objective for the energy standard of the new building.

The existing vehicle access in Clifton Road has been closed and a new vehicle access created in Moultrie Road to facilitate on-site parking for 25 cars.

Significant investment

Stepnell Group development director Peter Wakeford says: “It has been highly rewarding to help create this state-of-the-art low-energy office building which will enable this progressive law firm to operate in a much improved working environment for clients and staff. The site includes provision for further expansion when needed. Stepnell have welcomed the opportunity to bring forward this prestigious new building to enable Brethertons to continue with the development of their business.”

Brethertons senior partner Richard Pell says: “It was the right time to make this significant investment into the long-term future of the firm. The decision to move has been made for the benefit of staff, colleagues and above all else, for the benefit of our clients and our local community. The new offices allow us to accommodate more staff, including specialist Commercial and Private Client departments, but still keep us at the heart of the Rugby community. We are very excited to be progressing into this new era and look forward to welcoming new and existing clients to our new home. Our focus continues to be the delivery of an excellent level of service to each of our clients and our new home allows us to do that by offering an accessible and friendly location right in the heart of the town.”

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