Westfield Health Announces Major Property Move
24th March 2015
Westfield Health has today put forward plans to breathe new life into a prominent city centre building as part of its continued business growth.
The Sheffield based health insurer, founded in 1919, is set to relocate its UK headquarters to Milton House on Charter Row after purchasing the premises last year. Westfield Health was advised throughout the purchase of Milton House by a team at solicitors Wake Smith LLP and property professionals Mark Jenkinson and Son. The sale was completed by commercial property agents Knight Frank. The not for profit organisation has now applied to Sheffield City Council for planning permission to reconfigure the main entrance to Milton House, creating a new reception area for the main building, a reception for Westfield Health on the fifth floor and a new customer service function for Westfield Health policyholders. There are also plans to include an outdoor roof terrace, a new office atrium connecting Westfield's occupied areas internally and alterations to the external faÃ§ade including the removal of an old public staircase which provided access over Charter Row. Julie Gill, Executive Director Operations at Westfield Health, said: -With our centenary approaching, our forthcoming move to Milton House signifies a new era for Westfield Health. This is a really exciting time for us we have a bold, standout brand and we're continuing to grow as an organisation, now serving more than 400,000 policyholders across the UK the highest number in our history. -Our decision to upsize and move to larger premises reflects our success and we're thrilled to be a step closer to our relocation with the submission of our plans today. Westfield Health has been based at Westfield House on Division Street since 1973. Now, its staff will occupy the majority of Milton House, with space remaining for existing and new tenants. Julie Gill said: -Sheffield has been our home for almost 100 years, and our roots are firmly embedded here. Our move to Milton House reinforces our commitment to Sheffield, keeping our headquarters accessible for our customers and playing an integral part in the regeneration of the city centre. Westfield Health employees have been involved in the planning stages for the new building, with 'Move Champions' appointed across the company. Julie added: -We're an Investors in People Gold organisation and our brand is built around the ethos of working harder for our customers and our staff. So, by moving to new premises, we're making real changes to ensure we grow our business and continue to provide our customers with the health cover they need and deserve. Once plans have been approved, the extensive refurbishment of Milton House will continue until spring/early summer 2016. Westfield Health has engaged a professional team of advisors to assist with the development and implementation of their exciting plans. They include Lambert Smith Hampton, Hadfield Cawkwell Davidson, Shearstone Mechanical, Eastwood & Partners, Barraclough, English and Wright, Temple Safety and Approved Inspector Services. For more information about Westfield Health's harder working health cover, visit www.westfieldhealth.com