A firm of chartered surveyors is aiming to bolster its client base across south Cumbria and north Lancashire after acquiring a new office in the heart of Kendal town centre.

Edwin Thompson will make 97 Stricklandgate its seventh office once a full refurbishment of the premises has been completed, in-Cumbria can exclusively reveal.

The office – which the firm says will boast a striking new facia – will open later this year and offer a range of commercial, rural and woodland services to existing and new clients.

Edwin Thompson is the largest firm of surveyors in Cumbria and already has offices in Windermere, Keswick and Carlisle.

The opening of a fourth office in the county will support the firm’s ambitious growth plans. 

The move will help serve an expanding client base across the region, according Edwin Thompson’s partner of Commercial Property, John Haley.

“This is a huge opportunity to continue our expansion,” he said.

“Having recently recruited several qualified chartered surveyors in the South Lakes area, we are ideally placed to continue to provide a high level of service to existing clients and look forward to working with new contacts too.”

John Raven, managing partner at Edwin Thompson added: “The opening of a Kendal office demonstrates our commitment to growth and the Cumbria region, where we now have in excess of 50 staff providing high quality services and advice covering all matters of land and property.”

Established over 100 years ago, Edwin Thompson is a multi-discipline firm of chartered surveyors offering partner-led advice spanning rural services, valuations, property management, commercial, building surveys and architectural work.

It continues to be involved in a number of high-profile projects across the region, including the sale of the former Stobart Group headquarters in Carlisle following its move to the city’s airport and drafting plans for industrial units at the Old London Road depot site in Penrith.

Closer to its new home, it is marketing one of Kendal’s oldest buildings, The Woolpack Inn on Stricklandgate.

A restaurant or coffee shop are most likely to occupy the building that had been home to fast food chain KFC for 20 years before it decided to leave in pursuit of an out-of-town premises.