A GLOBAL financial services provider has moved 60 staff into a prime office site in Southampton.

Utmost International, which provides insurance-based products to affluent, internationally-based clients, opened an office at 2 Charlotte Place.

The building was recently refurbished by its owner, Kingsbridge Estates.

The staff moved from the city’s Quilter House after Utmost International bought Quilter International last year from Quilter PLC.

Kingsbridge provided the office space fully-fitted – the first time a “plug and play” deal has been offered for a tenant at 2 Charlotte Place.

Rachel Lacklison, asset manager at Kingsbridge Estates, said: “We warmly welcome Utmost International to 2 Charlotte Place. We have enjoyed working with Utmost to deliver fitted space to meet the tenant’s specific requirements and look forward to working on more deals of this type, which make the process accessible and efficient for the occupier.

“Their decision to join the impressive list of occupiers at the building reflects its position as prime office space in central Southampton, and the quality of the extensive refurbishment works carried out by Kingsbridge Estates.”

Mike Foy, chief executive of Utmost International Isle of Man, said: “2 Charlotte Place is a high-quality, well-located building that has been refurbished to a very high standard with excellent facilities.

“The move represents an exciting phase in our continued growth. The office provides an ideal location from which our Southampton-based colleagues can help us deliver the high standards of service demanded by our clients and their professional advisers.”

Kingsbridge worked with the tenant to understand its requirements appointing Realest as project manager and Vibe Interiors to do ‘Cat B’ fit-out work to meet the tenant’s needs.

Kingsbridge Estates acquired 2 Charlotte Place in November 2019 and invested in major refurbishment to create a double-height, glazed reception area, new business lounge and sustainability features including low energy lighting, electric vehicle charging points, and secure bicycle parking.

Other businesses in the building include infrastructure consultant AECOM, planning and development consultancy Turley and the law firm BLM.

Some space is still available through letting agents Vail Williams and Realest.