Full house for Knight Frank 25th birthday

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It was a full house as the Sheffield office of property agents Knight Frank celebrated its 25th anniversary.

Representatives of the Chamber of Commerce, the University of Sheffield, the council and companies in the city’s medical, legal, financial, sport, construction, manufacturing and media sectors joined the Knight Frank in the Winter Garden.

Recent deals highlighted included St Paul’s Place in the city centre, the Home Office moving into J1 at Riverside Place and Sky’s move to Ventana House.

The property company could also reflect on the biggest office letting in Sheffield, in 2011, when Plusnet took up more than 53,000 sq ft of Grade A office accommodation at The Balance.

Knight Frank regional office head Stephen Hodgson said: “After years of industrial decline, Sheffield was still very much in the doldrums when Knight Frank launched its operation in 1988.

“The city’s property market went on to witness the highs of the 90s housing boom and the legacy of Sir Bob Kerslake’s development of the public realm at the Heart of the City down to Sheaf Valley.

“It has been a challenging year for the property industry in Sheffield, as elsewhere, but we have managed to put together some important deals in a difficult market and it is important to celebrate these and all the other deals we have been responsible for during the team’s first quarter of a century.”

Working alongside developers, landlords and commercial property occupiers, the Sheffield office advises on commercial and mixed use property assets across South Yorkshire, as well as parts of Derbyshire and the North Midlands.

Stephen added: “The commercial developments and changes in all parts of the Sheffield area, and particularly the city centre, during the last 25 years have been many and varied and it is hardly surprising that Knight Frank’s highly specialised workforce has expanded in accordance with this quite remarkable growth.

“The next 25 years promises to be just as transformational, with more exciting projects set to keep the city growing and developing.”