1. Online sports betting specialist moves to Queens House

    OBI Property has announced Moneta Communications is taking the second floor of Queens House (3,226 sq ft) on a five year lease at £20 per sq ft.

    Moneta Communications is one of the UK’s leading sports betting affiliates operating specialist websites across a number of sports. The relocation from Steam Packet House is to provide additional space allowing them to deliver their growth plans.

    Danny Campbell, Managing Director of Moneta Communications said: “The move to Queens House provides us with much needed space for our growing team and to continue the development of The Sportsman. It was important to us to find a characterful space and stay in the heart of the city centre close to all the amenities and transport links. Queens House fits that bill completely and we’re looking taking the business forward here.”

    Andrew Cowell, transactions and asset management, OBI Property said: “Moneta Communications will be a great occupier sitting alongside the other digital and creative businesses that have relocated to the building. There is only one floor remaining and we are looking forward to getting the building fully let.”

    This news was published by Insider Media and Manchester Evening News.

  2. Ticket event search firm TickX grow into Tower 12

    OBI Property has announced event ticket search business TickX will be moving its HQ into 3,027 sq ft in Tower 12, Spinningfields, Manchester.

    The company, which just over twelve months ago famously turned down offers of investment from three of the Dragons on BBC TV programme Dragons Den has just announced a Series A funding round of £3 million, led by BGF Ventures. They will be moving into the larger premises from its current location at the Hive on Lever Street due to its planned growth.

    Founded in 2015 by Steve Pearce and Sam Coley, TickX brings together events from 50+ ticket sellers, including Ticketmaster, Headout and Skiddle, into one place, so users can compare prices and get the best deal for their night out. The company recently launched its service in Spain and Ireland and has plans to further grow internationally, as well as expanding its UK HQ and operation.

    Steve Pearce, founder, TickX said: “We’ve enjoyed our time in the Northern Quarter and the space has worked brilliantly for us but because TickX is expanding so quickly we decided to move into workspace where we can start to create our own environment.  Tower 12 fits the bill perfectly as we continue to grow and become the one-stop global destination for entertainment-lovers across the world looking for the best tickets. It was a great experience working with OBI Property, helping to save us both time and money.”

    Andrew Cowell, transactions and asset management, OBI Property said: “TickX is a fantastic success story and shows how home grown tech based businesses, operating internationally are thriving and growing in Manchester and importantly we have the quality workspace to offer them.”

    This news was published by The Business Desk, Insider Media and Manchester Evening News.

  3. Fast-growing big data solution provider Hello Soda expand with new HQ at 55 Princess Street, Manchester

    OBI Property has announced Manchester based data analytics company, Hello Soda has taken the entire 6,202 sq ft space on the top floor of 55 Princess St, Manchester M2 4EW. The firm has taken a 9 year lease.

    Founded in 2013, Hello Soda has experienced rapid year-on-year growth, now providing data analytics software solutions to clients in six continents. A key player in the Manchester technology circle, Hello Soda has moved its headquarters from City Tower to 55 Princess Street to accommodate the current and anticipated headcount growth of its valued team.

    Hello Soda officially celebrated the launch of the new office last night with more than one hundred guests from local businesses and clients turning out to support the business’ growth.

    Rhian Hughes, Chief Operating Officer, Hello Soda said: “While international expansion is a key priority for us, it is vital that we have a positive environment for each of our global offices including our HQ in Manchester. The move will not only facilitate our future growth plans, but the varied breakout and collaborative spaces that we have designed will help to nurture innovation and creativity within our teams. Remaining in Central Manchester has been an important element for us as a member of the Northern Powerhouse, and the incredible views of the Town Hall from the office don’t hurt!’”.

    Andrew Cowell, Transactions & Asset Management, OBI Property said: “It has been great to work with a dynamic business such as Hello Soda and they have a fantastic new office at 55 Princess Street with a great fit out. The buoyant digital tech sector is playing a big role in creating jobs and boosting the economy in Manchester and is great to see Hello Soda’s business accelerating on a global scale.”

    This news was published by Manchester Evening News, BusinessCloud, Insider Media and The Business Desk.

  4. Applications submitted to transform 79 Mosley Street, Manchester

    Planning and Listed building consent applications have been made for the transformation of the Grade II Listed 77-79 Mosley Street and 14-16 Princess Street, to be known as 79 Mosley Street, into 26,890 sq ft of new office space and ground floor and basement retail and leisure space.

    Boultbee Brooks Real Estate (BBRE), the UK based real estate investor/developer, bought the building in 2015 and has spent two years working with architects PRP, OBI Property and Zerum and liaising with Manchester City Council and Historic England to determine a viable proposal for the building’s future.

    The plans submitted to Manchester City Council propose to retain and fully restore the facades onto Mosley Street, Princess Street and Back George Street but completely rebuild the internal floors from the basement up to a new zinc clad mansard roof extension.

    The completed 79 Mosley Street will comprise 19,021 sq ft of new office space over four floors; a 5049 sq ft retail and leisure opportunity on the ground floor and part basement; a 2820 sq ft retail/leisure unit in the basement with bike storage including showers and lockers.  The building will accommodate approx. 220 people in offices and potentially create up 81 jobs in the retail/leisure units.

    Roger James, development director at BBRE said: “Our proposals to transform 79 Mosley Street will provide flexible floor space required for modern occupiers while retaining the external aesthetics of the original building. We aim to bring this long vacant and inactive, yet significant building back to life and to complete the jigsaw of the transformation of St Peter’s Square.”

    Alistair Weir of architects PRP said:  “The decision to completely rebuild the internal floors was not taken lightly but due to years of alterations and the limitations of the original floor plates, it is the only feasible option. We are thrilled to be restoring the original facades – 79 Mosley Street marks the transition between the large modern commercial developments and civic buildings of St Peters Square, with the smaller scale, ornate Victorian warehouse buildings of Princess Street.”

    79 Mosley Street was built circa 1870 as a speculative office, warehouse and retail building. It has been vacant for nine years and previous owners have failed to bring any schemes to fruition.  OBI Property is providing project management and cost consultancy to BBRE.

    Martin Gizzie, building consultancy, OBI Property said: “We have been working with BBRE and the team for over two years, in close consultation with the city council and Historic England to find a workable future for 79 Mosley Street.  The proposals submitted, we believe, provide an exciting solution which will see the building facades preserved for the long-term while new, flexible office, retail and leisure space will attract occupiers looking to take advantage of the prestigious and busy location of St Peter’s Square.”

    Diane Ellis, Associate Planner, Zerum said: “No one takes the decision for such significant alteration of a listed building lightly, but BBRE and the team have exhausted all alternative options including different configurations and uses. We genuinely believe the building is in the best hands with BBRE, who are extremely dedicated to delivering what is best in the long term interests of the building.”

    This news was published by The BusinessDesk, Place North West and Insider Media.

  5. DAY Architectural move to Lancaster Buildings, Manchester

    OBI Property has announced architect firm DAY Architectural has taken 2,537 sq ft on the second floor at Lancaster Buildings, 77 Deansgate, Manchester on a five year lease.

    Gary Lynas, Board Director, DAY Architectural said: “Lancaster Buildings provides us with a very contemporary work space right in the prime location on Deansgate right in the heart of the city centre.  We are looking forward to growing our practice here.”

    The deal with DAY Architectural follows the recent completion of the refurbishment of the first floor. OBI Property carried out the design and project management of the refurbishment on behalf of building owners BCL Legal. The first floor suite now provides 3,936 sq ft of work space. The specification includes air-conditioning, pendant lighting and exposed brickwork.

    James Batt, managing director, BCL Legal said:  “It is a pleasure to welcome DAY Architectural to the building. We’ve been working with the whole team at OBI Property on Lancaster Buildings for a number of years now. OBI has tailored the building design according to our vision and I am very impressed with the high quality of the work they have delivered for us.”

    Debbie Meredith, Transactions and Asset Management, OBI Property said: “The part second floor suite is ideal for DAY Architectural and it is fantastic to welcome another occupier into the building. We have retained as many original features as possible within the newly refurbished first floor suite to compliment the character of the building. With the building being in a prime location on Deansgate and continuing to attract a diverse range of occupiers I am sure it won’t be long before the whole building is fully occupied”.

    This news was published by Insider Media and Place North West.