Cripps Harries Hall, one of the town’s largest employers, is to become the anchor tenant at Royal Wells Park, which is being built on the site of the former Kent and Sussex Hospital.
When the expanding legal practice moves from its current Mount Ephraim Road base in 2016, the firm will move into a 45,000 sq ft new office building at the site. Royal Wells Park, which will also boast 190 homes and the first developer-led free school in the country, is the largest redevelopment project in the centre of Tunbridge Wells since the opening of Royal Victoria Place more than 20 years ago.
The purpose-built offices will be able to accommodate 350 staff on four floors, giving the firm space to continue its expansion while also providing a better, state-of-the-art working environment.
As well as being designed to meet the needs of a modern legal practice, the offices will incorporate energy-efficient features and are being built to international environmental standards (BREEAM).
Building work at Royal Wells Park began last year. Cripps will start moving into the new premises in the second half of 2016. Cripps’ existing offices in Kings Hill, Sandwich and London will continue as before.