Be At One is to open its first site in Essex after securing a site in Chelmsford.

The group will open on the site of the former Escedra late-night venue in July after a £500,000 refurbishment.

Managing director, Andrew Stones, said: “We’re delighted to bring Be At One to Essex for the first time and believe that our bar will deliver something new and exciting to the bar scene in Chelmsford city centre. There is currently a gap for a specialist cocktail bar operator in the city and we believe that our new guests will enjoy the unique Be At One experience.

“We continue to be driven by our ethos of growing one bar and one guest at a time. We aim to be the best bar by being the best hosts and know our combination of quality service, great cocktails and party atmosphere is why our guests value the Be At One experience so highly.”

Further to this new location, the group is currently expanding its current site in Leeds Boar Lane, adding a new basement bar with additional seating which will grow capacity by around 200 people. Work is due to be completed at the venue by the end of June.

Be At One plans to grow its current portfolio of bars – 17 of which are based in London – to over 70 in the next five years.

Stones added: “We continue to actively seek new bars in locations that culturally match our offering, something that is incredibly important to us as a business and continue to have a strong pipeline.”

Be At One was founded in 1998 by Steve Locke, Leigh Miller and Rhys Oldfield.