James & Lister Lea

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James & Lister Lea was an architectural and property consultancy firm active in England between 1846 and 2001.[1] Established by brothers James Lea and Lister Lea, the partnership was initially focused only on architecture. Together, the brothers designed buildings across Birmingham, with a heavy focus on public houses, especially towards the end of the 19th century and early 20th century. Later in the firm's existence, it changed its name to James & Lister Lea and Sons. On 2 January 2001, the property consultancy firm merged with Bruton Knowles to produce a combined workforce of approximately 300 people.[2]

The firm had offices on Bull Street, Birmingham[3] and also in Knowle, West Midlands, although the Knowle office was sold in 1999 to agricultural surveyors Smith-Woolley.[4] In May 2000, James & Lister Lea revealed that they were looking at rebranding the company in the future. In December 2000, Bruton Knowles and James & Lister Lea agreed a merger[5] that would become effective on 2 January 2001. The merger, which did not involve any exchange of money between the two companies, led to the formation of one of the largest property consultancy firms in Birmingham.

As an architectural practice, the firm has been responsible for some of Birmingham's most recognisable public houses, many of which are now listed buildings.

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  1. ^ Duckers, John (5 January 2001). "Parting such sweet sorrow after 154 years of history". The Birmingham Post. Retrieved 18 September 2016 – via HighBeam Research. (subscription required (help)). 
  2. ^ Williams, Philip (4 January 2001). "BK name to survive integration process". The Birmingham Post. Retrieved 18 September 2016 – via HighBeam Research. (subscription required (help)). 
  3. ^ "Strength in independence". The Birmingham Post. 15 January 1999. Retrieved 18 September 2016 – via HighBeam Research. (subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ Baldwin, Anne (16 September 1999). "James & Lister Lea sells rural practice". The Birmingham Post. Retrieved 18 September 2016 – via HighBeam Research. (subscription required (help)). 
  5. ^ "Corporate deals 2000: December" (PDF). Gateley Wareing Solicitors. 2001. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 August 2003. Retrieved 4 January 2017 – via Wayback Machine. 
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  14. ^ "Aston Hippodrome". The Theatres Trust. Retrieved 28 November 2008. 
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