Interserve Press Office | Feb 12, 2016
New regional headquarters for Interserve will be at heart of major regional regeneration programme
A planned multi-million pound regional headquarters for the leading international support services and construction group, Interserve, has been described as a ‘flagship’ development for the West Midlands, and a vote of confidence in the region’s future prosperity.
A milestone in the development of the new building - currently under construction next to Birmingham International Airport - was reached today, as the company held an official naming ceremony, attended by local dignitaries and senior management from the FTSE-listed company.
Due to open in early 2018, the new ‘Ingenuity House’ will allow Interserve to consolidate its operations throughout the West Midlands into one ‘hub’, bringing together 1,200 people currently spread across four offices in the region. Employees will benefit from excellent transport links, including the new HS-2 link, and will work in a highly-sustainable, energy efficient building, showcasing the very best of Interserve’s construction expertise. The 12,000 sq m, five-storey building will replace a recently demolished unoccupied four-storey office block which formerly occupied the site.
Interserve Chief Executive Officer, Adrian Ringrose, said:
“Interserve has been a feature of the region’s economic landscape for many years and we will continue to invest in its future. Ingenuity House reaffirms that commitment, and will also realise our ambition to create a modern, sustainable and inspirational environment for our people.
“The new building is an opportunity to bring all our business divisions together in one place. It showcases how different parts of the business have come together to make this happen, including consulting, developments, construction and finance. Ingenuity House also illustrates our start to finish capabilities on a large-scale project in order to source a site, provide funding, build on it and fit it out.”
The ceremony was attended by the Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Glenis Slater, who said:
“I welcome Interserve to Solihull and commend them on their choice of borough in which to site their headquarters. We have a number of world beaters in Solihull and I am proud to see another one join the Solihull family.”
Councillor Ian Courts, Cabinet Member for Managed Growth and Deputy Leader of Solihull Council, commented:
“This flagship development is a significant milestone for the Council’s vision for ‘UK Central’. Interserve’s investment sends out a clear message about the quality of development we want to see in Solihull.
“I understand Interserve is a world leader in design, construction and support services. They will be joining a strong sustainable building sector within Solihull and I’m sure Solihull has all the necessary ingredients to enable the company to prosper and grow in our borough.”
The name ‘Ingenuity House’ was selected from a competition for Interserve staff, the winners of which buried a time capsule at the site to mark the occasion.
The building has been designed by architects Sheppard Robson, and will aim to achieve a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM) ‘Excellent’ rating. This mirrors the ambition of Interserve’s ‘SustainAbilities’ plan and the company’s drive to create a collaborative and modern working environment for staff.
The new offices will be more cost effective than the less efficient buildings staff will be vacating and will enable operations and support functions to work better together; the site’s location close to major transport links, will help reduce travel costs and emissions. The office, which will have the capacity to accommodate 1,600 employees, will also include underground and surface level car-parking for 450 vehicles.
The new offices will bring together staff who are currently spread across sites in Erdington, Dudley, Redditch and West Bromwich, as well as RMD Kwikform’s office in Aldridge, signalling the Group’s continued confidence in the region.
L-R: Catherine Ward - Interserve, Mark Dillon - Sheppard Robson, Adrian Ringrose - Interserve, Mayor Cllr Glenis Slater, Tim Haywood - Interserve, Maggie Kendall - Interserve.
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Interserve is one of the world’s foremost support services and construction companies. Our vision is to redefine the future for people and places. Everything we do is shaped by our core values. We are a successful, growing, international business: a leader in innovative and sustainable outcomes for our clients and a great place to work for our people. We offer advice, design, construction, equipment, facilities management and frontline public services. We are headquartered in the UK and listed in the FTSE 250 index. We have gross revenues of £3.3 billion and a workforce of circa 80,000 people worldwide.
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