Blake Morgan announced as first tenant of One Central Square in Cardiff

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One of the UK’s leading Law Firms, Blake Morgan has committed to taking space at Rightacres One Central Square development signalling a major vote of confidence in the developer’s Central Square scheme.

Following the recent merger of Morgan Cole and Blake Lapthorn, a key priority was to find a new home for the combined business which has recently been named Law Firm of the Year in Wales .

Commenting on the agreement, Phil Jardine, Divisional Director, Built Environment at Blake Morgan said “Our decision to relocate to what promises to be a fantastic city centre development underscores our commitment to developing our business in Wales. We hope that our commitment will contribute to the success of the Central Square scheme and to Cardiff’s continued drive to establish itself as a Financial & Professional services centre. We are delighted to be part of this development and look forward to playing a part in this exciting project over the next couple of years”.

Blake Morgan is one of the leading law firms in the UK employing over one thousand people in offices throughout the UK. It is understood that Blake Morgan will lease 30,000 sq. ft. on the top two floors of the nine storey building with an option to take further space if required.

Work on the new building is well underway with practical completion due in December 2015 and Cardiff’s Blake Morgan team, which is currently  230 strong, is scheduled to relocate in January 2016.

Paul McCarthy, Chief Executive of Rightacres added: Blake Morgan has shown great confidence in Central Square and we are absolutely thrilled to welcome them as our first tenant to One Central Square. As a developer, we have always believed in this location’s ability to attract high-calibre occupiers and Blake Morgan’s decision to choose Central Square re-enforces our belief. This project is about providing a sustainable business infrastructure that gives occupiers and the city a real competitive advantage.

City of Cardiff Council Leader Phil Bale said: ‘I am delighted that one of Cardiff’s most successful law firms, Blake Morgan has recognised the potential of Central Square. Attracting such a high profile tenant bodes well for the future of this major new scheme and sends out a clear signal that Central Square is fast emerging as Cardiff’s premiere business location."

Commenting on what this signals for Blake Morgan, Walter Cha, Partner said: ‘This is a hugely positive step for the firm which will bring numerous benefits. The new site will provide a more modern and comfortable environment for our people in Cardiff, allowing for greater integration and collaboration between our staff and partners across the UK. We feel the move reflects the firm’s position as one of the UKs fastest growing law firms and provides room for our continued growth, reflecting our confidence in the future’.

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