Pictured above: (foreground) Andrew McFarlane Holt and Trevor Wells with the Wells McFarlane team outside their new HQ, the Grade II listed building designed by Joseph Hansom – the famous architect who also created the Hansom cab
Wells McFarlane, a leading firm of East Midlands Chartered Surveyors, has relocated to one of the most iconic buildings in their home town of Lutterworth, Leicestershire. The firm, which was established seven years ago, has acquired The Old Bank at 14 Bank Street.
This Grade II listed property built in 1834 was designed by the renowned architect Joseph Hansom, who famously created Birmingham Town Hall and also the Hansom cab, the well known mode of transport in Victorian times which bears his name.
The Old Bank was originally built as a private bank for the Goodacre family, well known industrialists and land owners in the area at the time. Wells McFarlane took the decision to move from the outskirts to the centre of town when this unusual property came to the market, believing that this very special building reflects the ethos of their very special practise.
The move represents a significant milestone for the business, which has grown from a standing start to a team of eight, including founding Directors Trevor Wells and Andrew McFarlane Holt.
Trevor Wells takes up the story: “It was an excellent opportunity for us to invest in the building as we felt it gave us a central location in the town and room for further expansion. The business has grown year on year, despite the economic climate and it clearly demonstrates that in tough times hard work, expertise and a hands on personal service really does make a difference.”
The team, who between them have over 30 years experience in property and land management, offers dedicated and bespoke professional advice to property and land owners in the East Midlands and has a growing reputation in the management of commercial businesses and farm diversification enterprises, alongside its valuation, planning and development and sales departments.
Andrew McFarlane Holt commented: “Although we operate throughout the East Midlands and very much on the periphery of Leicester itself, we felt it was important to invest in our home town. We have strong links with the area and want to attract and keep professional talent developing within the practise and in Lutterworth as we believe it is a key town in the continuing growth and development of the East Midlands.”