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St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, has welcomed the expansion of three existing businesses at Longbridge, taking the two remaining offices at Seven House and space at Two Devon Way.

Transport planning and urban design consultant Phil Jones Associates has leased an additional 2,700 sq ft of offices at the grade A Seven House, and is joined by mobile content specialist PM Connect, who has relocated from the Innovation Centre where the business was established in 2008.

Meanwhile railway engineering consultancy, AM Rail Group, has chosen to locate its UK head office at Two Devon Way, taking a 1,550 sq ft unit on the first floor of the Grade ‘A’ office building.

St. Modwen developed the flexible office suites at Seven House in 2013 as a natural progression for start-up companies expanding out of the Innovation Centre. The 18,000 sq ft building is also currently home to engineering consultancy Rodgers Leask and Partners, USN and Flourish Education.

Mike Murray, development director at St. Modwen, said: “We set out to develop Seven House’s offering as the next step for expanding companies. That’s exactly what we’ve seen with a number of our tenants, who have started out at the Innovation Centre and are now relocating to Seven House.

“Our latest letting to Phil Jones Associates – with whom we have worked closely on a number of our schemes across the UK – and AM Rail Group in Two Devon Way, means Longbridge now boasts major international and national brands across a variety of sectors who have chosen to locate their businesses here.”

Phil Jones, Managing Director of Phil Jones Associates, said: “We launched our Birmingham office at Longbridge’s Innovation Centre in 2009, before moving over to Seven House in 2013 as the business grew. With over 30 staff, we have now expanded our office even further to accommodate the growing needs of the business and to develop our offering.

“Longbridge provides the ideal location and environment for our business, particularly as the regeneration of the area continues to unfold, providing us with the unique opportunity to work with St. Modwen and help to design this vibrant new community.”

With offices in Reading, Exeter, Bristol, London and Birmingham, Phil Jones Associates is the country’s leading independent transport planner. Development planning and the transport assessment process lies at the core of PJA’s work, but the firm has also become widely known for its work on urban design and cycling infrastructure.

St. Modwen has invested £300 million in transforming the former MG Rover site since 2003, equating to £25 million per year. Four hundred family homes have been created along with shops, eateries, offices, the £66m Bournville College, Longbridge Technology Park and the new Austin Park. The developer will also progress plans for the retail and leisure-led Phase 3 of the town centre later this year.