1. 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.

  2. Manchester business leaders score £40k for Factory Youth Zone

    Manchester’s business community raised £40,000 for the Factory Youth Zone at the second Reds V Blues charity football match as Phil Neville’s Reds beat Dennis Tueart’s Blues 3-2 in a special game held at Altrincham Football Club on Friday 17 November.

    Richard Marsh, chief executive, Factory Youth Zone said: “A huge thank-you to the players, managers, hosts, sponsors and supporters, raising £40k is an amazing achievement and it will undoubtedly make a difference to the young people we work with.

    “We aim to encourage these young people to have dreams and aspirations, and to challenge themselves, and us, to achieve their goals. The support of Manchester’s business community, of which I am consistently overwhelmed by, continues to be vital.”

    The game was organised by Will Lewis, OBI Property and Chris Davis, chief executive, MoneyPlus Group. Will Lewis said:  “Factory Youth Zone is a fantastic organisation and I am proud we are able to support them.  I’d like to thank DWF, Carfinance 247, MoneyPlus Group and Russells Construction for their support this year and all the volunteer players.

    The match, which is now an annual fixture, brought together some of the Manchester’s best known names in business including:

    • Reg and Louis Rix, founders, CarFinance 24/7
    • Steve Oliver, co-founder and group CEO, Music Magpie
    • Rob Cotton and son Jack
    • Nathan Cornish, group board director, Urban Splash
    • Andrew Cowell, OBI Property
    • Matthew Morten, Bruntwood

    Goal scorers for Manchester United were: fireman Tony Carroll; Kabir Breathen and Ricardo Fuller (yes, the, Ricardo Fuller) and for Manchester City: Chris Lloyd from William Hare Group and Matthew Morten.

    Manchester City legend Dennis Tueart, as last year, was assisted by Gary Tipper, managing partner, Palatine Private Equity with Chris Davis returning to support new manager Phil Neville for the Reds.

    The Factory Youth Zone, is a charity which provides support for disadvantaged young people from Manchester.  Working with children and young people aged 8-19 (up to 25 with additional needs), The Factory Youth Zone offers a wide range of activities including sports, arts, youth work sessions and specialist workshops with the aim of improving the lives of local young people in one of the most deprived areas of the UK.

    With over 1,000 young people attending each week, its iconic building provides a base for exciting and stimulating learning which introduces new experiences, develops self-confidence, builds healthy relationships, raises aspirations and prepares young people for work and independence.

    This news was published by BusinessCloud Media.

  3. Clarke Willmott sign for 55 Spring Gardens

    OBI Property has announced national law firm Clarke Wilmott LLP has taken 5,793 sq ft on the seventh floor of 55 Spring Gardens, Manchester, M2 2BY on a ten year lease.

    OBI Property acted on behalf of Clarke Willmott, currently located at 19 Spring Gardens, in the move to larger space at 55 Spring Gardens to help facilitate the growth of the business.

    The deal to Clarke Willmott follows the purchase of the building by Aviva Investors in August 2017.

    Roy Crozier, Head of Clarke Willmott’s Manchester office said: “The move to larger offices demonstrates our commitment to servicing our clients in Manchester and the North West and our growing success in winning work across all sectors.”

    Christian Anderton, Aviva Investors said: “The deal represents the first since our recent acquisition and sets a new benchmark in terms of perceived market rent for that space. As we look to move the asset forward, we remain encouraged by the depth of occupational interest, particularly amongst the tech and wider start-up community, with whom we are excited to continue building new relationships. These will shortly be further supported by the launch of market leading resident amenity and activation programme”.

    Richard Lace transactions and asset management, OBI Property said: “Clarke Wilmott gave us a very specific brief of identifying a building and workspace that would differentiate them from the more traditional professional services firms in the city. 55 Spring Gardens fulfilled that brief and we were delighted to act their behalf.”

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

  4. Canada House lettings keep racking up

    OBI Property has announced it has signed four new occupiers at Canada House, Chepstow Street, meaning the bulk of the first floor is fully let with suites from 250 sq ft to 9,200 sq ft remaining on the second, third and fourth floors.

    Andrew Cowell, transactions and asset management, OBI Property said: “These latest deals at Canada House, might not be the largest in size but they reaffirm the growing significance and popularity of the building as a hub for growing businesses who are attracted not only to its wonderful architecture but can see the community taking shape here and can see the benefit to being a part of it.”

    The four new occupiers have taken office suites on the first floor. They are:

    • Heritage Architecture which specialises in historic building planning and design (550 sq ft)
    • Business consultancy Prospect PS has taken two suites (525 sq ft)
    • Jepson Holt, a legal recruitment agency is taking a 485 sq ft. suite
    • Commercial property investment advisor Carrick Real Estate has taken 250 sq ft suite.

    George Haddo, LJ Partnership said: “I am thrilled to welcome all our new tenants who appreciate a workplace with diverse yet modern settings. We are delighted Canada House can be a part of their journey to success.”

    OBI Property is sole leasing agent on Canada House and is providing project management on the £3 million transformation of the building which is due to complete by the end of the year.

    This news was published by Insider.

  5. One Marsden Street fully let

    OBI Property has announced One Marsden Street, Manchester is fully let following the deal with industrial investment company A2E to take 2,600 sq ft on the second floor of the twelve storey building. A2E has taken a ten-year lease with a break at year five.

    OBI Property acted on behalf of building owner, the Standard Life Investments UK Real Estate Fund and the deal follows on the back of bank ABN AMRO taking 2,500 sq ft last month, and recent lease renewals by Gerald Eve, Cushman Wakefield and several other occupiers.

    Andrew Cowell, transactions and asset management, OBI Property said: “It has been a busy few months at One Marsden Street and it is great to announce the building is fully let. The recent lettings and lease renewals demonstrate that One Marsden Street is one of Manchester’s best buildings and underlines the continuing strength of the market for high quality Grade A workspace.”

    Amin Amiri, Founder and CEO of A2E said: “Our workspace is very important to us and One Marsden Street is at superb central location and it’s very popular with our team and clients alike.”

    This news was published by Insider.