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Caterpillar Hails Bham Relocation Firm


17 July 2017




A Birmingham office relocation company has been praised for its unique integrated service on a six figure turnkey project for Caterpillar Financial Services (Cat Financial).


KWB Workplace, part of Birmingham independent commercial property agency KWB, was hailed for its flawless relocation of Cat Financial’s UK headquarters offices to new accommodation in Solihull, by Cat Financial Finance Director Russell Arnott. 


Part of the worldwide Caterpillar Inc., Cat Financial offers finance solutions to the company’s customers and dealers for Caterpillar machinery and engines, Solar gas turbines, and other equipment and marine vessels.  It is a global operation with its UK headquarters in Solihull.


KWB Workplace acquired 13,800 sq ft of new office space at Friars Gate, Solihull, designed the office space, oversaw the fit out and managed the moving process for Cat Financial, as it re-located from The Phoenix Building, Blythe Valley Park.


Mr Arnott says: “The whole process was smooth and flawless.  We approached KWB Workplace initially when we knew we needed bigger premises to cope with our business growth.  We had worked with them before when they acquired our Blythe Valley Park offices and they managed the design, fit out and move, so we were confident that we would receive outstanding service.


“We discussed our office needs for the next 10 years and KWB Workplace identified accommodation in and around Solihull which would best meet our requirements.  When we were content with their proposal, they negotiated for and acquired the space at Friars Gate and then managed every element of moving our business until we were settled and happy in our new offices.  It’s a unique and very beneficial service.”


Adrian Southall, Director of KWB Workplace, says: “Because we are involved in managing an entire project from initial consultation to post-move snagging, we consider how all the elements will work together to reduce the costs, minimise business disruption and speed up the move for our clients.


“We do not just look at the acquisition and agree the optimum lease terms like an agent, but think how else we can reduce budget.  For Cat Financial we ensured that the landlord’s refurbishment works were completed to our client’s specifications and we negotiated an early end to Cat Financial’s lease at Blythe Valley Park, reducing their liability for dilapidations, both of which generated significant savings.


“As a project manager, rather than an office supply company, we could also propose that Cat Financial’s existing office furniture could be re-assembled in the new offices, rather than buying new, again saving money.”


Cat Financial has moved into its new offices in Solihull, but KWB Workplace will continue to work with the company for more than a year after the re-location.


Mr Southall says: “As Cat Financial settles into its new offices, we are now on hand to oversee the rectification of any potential latent defects that may occur within the first 12 months, before signing off final completion and releasing retention of monies to contractors.”


Further details about KWB Workplace’s work for Cat Financial can be found at:


KWB Workplace offers a uniquely comprehensive office relocation service made up of the following elements: Workspace review and space planning; Restructuring office space; Office relocation; Office interior design – for space design, office fit out and office refurbishment; Best value procurement – for fit out contractors and business furniture; Move management – for office moves and office removals; Office disposal and subletting. 


Further information on all aspects of KWB Workplace’s service is available from Adrian Southall on tel. 0121 212 5985 or email. or via


Picture caption: Interior of Cat Financial’s new offices at Friars Gate, Solihull.