Founded in 1802, Wake Smith is a long established South Yorkshire firm of solicitors. Its continued growth plans and commitment to the Sheffield City Region, saw the company move to a new city centre office location in January 2016.
The landmark move allowed Wake Smith to take two floors in No.1 Velocity enabling consolidation of the company’s two former offices at Clarkehouse Road and Campo Lane and providing room for future expansion. Clarkehouse Road was an old bay-fronted Victorian office building overlooking Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens The building was made up of old fashioned and restricted cellular office space over multiple floors, without a lift, DDA difficulties, with inefficient heating, ventilation, fluorescent lighting, poor storage and sporadic use of inefficient air conditioning. It was single glazed and poorly insulated , leading to high utility bills. It also suffered from poor logistical access to the courts, city and railway station. Wake Smith’s new base at Velocity offers some of the finest Grade A office space in Sheffield, only a minute’s walk from the city’s courts and the legal and financial district, with excellent transport links and close proximity to the motorway networks. Wake Smith took in excess of 12,000 square foot of open plan floor plate with ample and secure undercover parking within the building itself, good access to the offices, with lifts and disabled access. Velocity offered an ideal template with raised access floors, ceilings, air-conditioning and 24-hour access control system already in place. A modern building with glazed elevations all around providing natural light. In addition, there is an on-site café and fully equipped gym.