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    Leading South East law firm Thomson Snell & Passmore LLP advised Designplan Lighting Limited on its relocation of its UK HQ facility within Kimpton Industrial Estate, Sutton.

    The relocation was part of a major company expansion being executed by its Swedish owners, Fagurhult Belysning AB, and the new facility was one of the UK’s first buildings to be awarded a BREEAM Excellent rating.

    Commercial property legal advice was provided by Senior Associate Alex Lewsley, and construction legal advice was provided by Consultant and Head of Construction & Engineering Chris Whittington.

    Senior Associate Alex Lewsley said:-

    “Designplan’s relocation involved exiting an ageing mini-campus facility which had been home for decades and where its industrial and administrative processes where split between different buildings and acquiring off-plan a single 70,000sq ft purpose-built facility. Aside from resulting in a doubling of its working factory space, enabling the streamlining of its business processes, the proximity to its former home enabled Designplan to keep hold of its highly skilled workforce. Indeed, the highly skilled nature of its workforce had meant that the relocation search parameter was limited to no more than a one mile radius!

    Involving a conditional development agreement/agreement for lease, long lease and associated property management and construction contract and warranties documentation package for the new site, and a mixed surrender and limited-term lease extension documentation package for its old site, this high value transaction demonstrates Thomson Snell & Passmore’s breadth of service offering. We are able to offer both specialist property and construction legal advice to clients in the South East in a manner and of a quality often only associated with City firms.

    Thomson Snell & Passmore is very pleased to have played its part in securing this important once-in-a-generation move for our client”.

    About Designplan Lighting - Started in 1963, Designplan Lighting are industry-leaders in robust, weather and vandal resistant products. Pioneers also in LED lighting and energy-efficient solutions involving environmentally friendly or low maintenance fittings, Designplan Lighting now has c.150 employees with sales in more than 20 countries worldwide. Large scale projects include London Bridge, St Pancras and Victoria Underground Stations and the new Canary Wharf Crossrail station. Since 2011, Designplan Lighting has been part of the Fagerhult group, one of the fastest growing lighting groups in Europe.

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