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Dec 17

Today OBI Property announced it has advised white goods retailer DRL Holdings on its relocation to 8,600 sq ft into Bruntwood’s City Tower at Piccadilly Manchester.

DRL has relocated from Riverside, Salford to accommodate the rapid expansion of its Manchester operation, the firm is looking to grow numbers up to 160 employees at its Manchester office.

The business is headquartered in Bolton and generated sales of £205m in the 12 months to 31st March 2012 and expects to increase turnover again this year. It aims to reach £1bn by 2017.

Steve Caunce, Chief Operating Officer, DRL said: “We are delighted to have opened the new office in City Tower. It will provide a great base for us to continue with our rapid growth. We always wanted to keep our team on a single floor plate and our new office has enabled us to do this and also produce a fantastic place for our team to work.”

OBI Property negotiated the surrender of the Riverside lease and agreed the new terms at City Tower for DRL. Will Lewis, Office Partner, OBI Property said: “The existing relationship between DRL and Bruntwood made the transaction achievable as there was a lot to agree in a very short period of time. DRL wants to create a great working environment for their team and the new office looks very impressive.”

OBI Property also project managed the landlord and tenant fit out works and undertook the role of interior designer for the new office.

Andrew Cowell, Head of Sales, Bruntwood said: “This is exactly what Bruntwood does. We work closely with our customers and ensure we help them fulfil their business objectives.”

DRL sells appliances such as fridges, freezers, washing machines and dishwashers via www.appliancesonline.co.uk, and directly supplies customers of high street chains. DRL will soon employ more than 800 staff.

OBI Property was set up in 2010 by Will Lewis, Gary Scorah and Dominic Horridge. It is a real estate company which provides advice and consultancy to its clients which range from building owners and landlords to investment funds. In addition OBI Property provides project management on refurbishment and building projects which includes working with tenants to help them fit out their work space.

www.obiproperty.co.uk

Twitter: @OBIProperty

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Lisa Ashurst, Ashurst Communications on 07973 401123 or lisa@ashurstcomms.co.uk

 

Nov 30

Yesterday Altrincham based Planit-IE won its first Landscape Institute Award for its Brockhole Jetty project in the Lake District.

Situated within the grounds of the Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole, on the banks of Windermere, the deck, canopy and ticket booth are ‘found ‘elements – there are no prompts to their existence from afar, as they sit nestled within the woodland edge of the lake.

Pete Swift, Director Planit-IE is thrilled the project has received the award, he said: “The Landscape Institute Award validates the decision of our client – the Lake District National Park Authority – to choose a landscape architect for the commission, while also sending out a message that strong, contextual, contemporary design is welcomed by the Authority. This project would not have been realised were it not for the combination of the three key ingredients – a great client in Adam Thomas, a great craftsman in Chris Brammall and of course great landscape by Thomas Mawson and Mother Nature!

“In a year when the Olympic Park quite rightly swept the boards and helped changed the general public’s perception of the value of landscape architects, we feel we have done our bit too.”

The judges of the award said: “The materiality of this project is exceptional and grounds the project in the sensitive environment. It is a progressive project for the profession in terms of concept and quality.”

Planit-IE is working on the 20 year masterplan proposals for Brockhole for the Lake District National Park Authority Executive Board and will be revealing the plans later this year. Planit-IE is working alongside Stockley Engineers, Arca Architects, Ecologists PCA and Groundbreaking to map out a sustainable vision for the future of the estate.

Planit-IE was established in 1998 and is run by Peter Swift and Edward Lister with studios in Altrincham, London and Liverpool.

www.plant-ie.com

Twitter: @PlanitIE

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Lisa Ashurst, Ashurst Communications Ltd on 07973 401123 or lisa@ashurstcomms.co.uk

 

 

Nov 20

Today OBI Property confirmed it represented Benmore Group on the sale of Theatre Royal, Peter Street, Manchester to Edwardian London, the owners of the Radisson Blu Edwardian Free Trade Hall Hotel next door to the building, for an undisclosed sum.

Gary Scorah, Investment Partner at OBI Property said:  “A number of parties have worked on the Theatre Royal for the past six years to deliver schemes which were never fully viable.  Edwardian London offered themselves as realistic purchasers and will deliver an attractive scheme in an important area of Manchester City Centre.”

The deal was announced on Monday 19 November and it is understood the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel will expand into the Theatre Royal space.  The new owners will work closely with Manchester City Council and English Heritage to develop their plans for the site.

Christopher Dee acted on behalf of Edwardian London.

OBI Property was set up in 2010 by Will Lewis, Gary Scorah and Dominic Horridge.  It is a real estate company which provides advice and consultancy to its clients which range from building owners and landlords to investment funds.  In addition OBI Property provides project management on refurbishment and building projects which includes working with tenants to help them fit out their work space.

www.obiproperty.co.uk

Twitter: @OBIProperty

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Lisa Ashurst, Ashurst Communications on 07973 401123 or lisa@ashurstcomms.co.uk

 

Nov 19

OBI Property has announced the sale of Wetherby House, Cobra Point, Trafford Park, Manchester on behalf of Wilton Developments to a private investor for £799,500.

The 6,040 sq ft building is wholly let to MAC Clinical Research Limited with 2.5 years to a tenant break option. The annual rent is £90,000 reflecting a rent of £14.90 per sq ft. The sale price of the property reflects a net initial yield of 10.6%.

Gary Scorah, Investment Partner at OBI Property said: “The sale of Wetherby House is an example of the increased level of private investors who are now back in the market to acquire properties with strong property fundamentals at attractive returns. Within the past 12 months, there have been a number of disposals within Cobra Park, demonstrating the popularity of the estate.”

OBI Property was set up in 2010 by Will Lewis, Gary Scorah and Dominic Horridge. It is a real estate company which provides advice and consultancy to its clients which range from building owners and landlords to investment funds. In addition OBI Property provides project management on refurbishment and building projects which includes working with tenants to help them fit out their work space.

www.obiproperty.co.uk

Twitter: @OBIProperty

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Lisa Ashurst, Ashurst Communications on 07973 401123 or lisa@ashurstcomms.co.uk

 

Nov 08

Manchester based OBI Property and Savills have announced today they have agreed the sale 67-73 and 75 Mosley Street, Manchester city centre. The sale has been made to a syndicate of private individuals and the total price for both buildings combined is £4 million.

Sold on behalf of Belfast based Benmore Group, the properties are part let producing an annual rent of £380,000. Comprising 52,500 sq ft in total, the buildings tenants include Bank of China, China Visa Services, Remploy and Scanlans Surveyors.

Gary Scorah, Investment Partner, at OBI Property said: “After of period of inactivity in the market for properties similar to Mosley Street, a number of buyers are now finding potential value going forward through various asset management angles and longer term holds. Financing such deals will continue to prove difficult for the foreseeable future and therefore further syndicated purchases are likely.”

OBI Property was set up in 2010 by Will Lewis, Gary Scorah and Dominic Horridge. It is a real estate company which provides advice and consultancy to its clients which range from building owners and landlords to investment funds. In addition OBI Property provides project management on refurbishment and building projects which includes working with tenants to help them fit out their work space.

www.obiproperty.co.uk

Twitter: @OBIProperty

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Lisa Ashurst, Ashurst Communications on 07973 401123 or lisa@ashurstcomms.co.uk

 

 

Oct 23

Manchester based OBI Property has announced today that 80 Mosley Street, Manchester is fully let following the signing of G2 Legal which is taking 2,200 sq ft on the 5th floor of the building. G2 Legal, a leading national supplier of legal personnel, has agreed to a three year lease at £17.50 per sq ft.

Emma Powell of OBI Property who advised landlords Bilsdale Properties on the deal said: “We are delighted to have agreed a new deal so quickly after part of the 5th floor came back to us. G2 Legal were impressed with the quality of the natural light and views on offer and the building is now again fully let.”

Stuart Gillespie, director, G2 Legal said: “We wanted to find a new office which provided our team with the best working environment and one that provide the scope to develop our business in line with our plans.”

There has been further leasing activity within the building with both Taylors Solicitors and A2Z recently deciding to renew their leases and commit to the building for the foreseeable future.

Powell added: “80 Mosley Street is one of the best buildings in this location and it is very encouraging that the existing occupiers are keen to extend their leases. The occupiers appreciate the strong management team in place, the quality of the offices and the proposed enhancement of St Peter’s Square is good news for the building.”

Owned by Bilsdale Properties, 80 Mosley Street comprises 35,000 sq ft of office space. It is located on the corner of Mosley Street and Portland Street, at St Peter’s Square, in the heart of Manchester City Centre.

The joint letting agent on the scheme is JLL.

OBI Property was set up in 2010 by Will Lewis, Gary Scorah and Dominic Horridge. It is a real estate company which provides advice and consultancy to its clients which range from building owners and landlords to investment funds. In addition OBI Property provides project management on refurbishment and building projects which includes working with tenants to help them fit out their work space.

www.obiproperty.co.uk

Twitter: @OBIProperty

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Lisa Ashurst, Ashurst Communications on 07973 401123 or lisa@ashurstcomms.co.uk

 

Oct 02

Today landscape architects Planit-IE announced it is hosting an evening with Kim Nielsen and Kasper Jorgensen of Danish architects 3XN to celebrate their joint selection on the new Copenhagen Arena and continuing collaboration together. The evening is being held on Wednesday 10 October at Planit’s studio in Altrincham.

Nielsen and Jorgensen will be sharing their lecture titled “Pushing Sustainable Innovation to the Limit – for Building Design and the People Within it”, which will be given at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore this week.

Kim Nielsen, principal partner at 3XN said: “We are looking forward to our presentation at Planit-IE and meeting many of their clients and peers. We’re enjoying an exciting working relationship together, especially on the work we are doing in Copenhagen for the new arena, and we look forward to building on that and doing more work with them, both in the UK and overseas.”

The presentation looks at the relationship between architecture and landscape, and the contribution both buildings and the space around them make to the urban environment.

After the presentation, Stephen Hodder OBE, President Elect of the Royal Institute of British Architects and Manchester based architect will lead a debate with invited guests around the topics raised.

Pete Swift, director, Planit-IE said: “We are thrilled to be hosting an evening with Kim and Kasper, we are sure it will lead to a lively debate among our guests, and who knows where that could lead to!”

Planit-IE is part of the team, led by 3XN to design the new £120 million, 15,000 seat indoor multi-purpose arena in Ørestad South, Copenhagen, Denmark. The other members of the team are the UK office of HKS Architects, Arup and M&E Engineers (who are the M&E Engineers) who will work together to develop the designs to create a world-class arena set in a vibrant and attractive environment, which will support the daily life of the emerging Ørestad neighbourhood.

Planit-IE is a team of landscape architects and urban designers with a passion to make ‘Place’, spaces in which we work, live, learn and play that are healthy and engaging to all its users. Planit-IE takes an intelligent approach to design to ensure that what we do today will still be thriving for our future generations.

Planit-IE was established in 1998 and is run by Peter Swift and Edward Lister with studios in Altrincham, London and Liverpool.

The event on Wednesday 10 October from 6.30pm – 8.30pm is invitation only, however, if anyone would like to receive an invitation please contact Fiona Brindley at Planit-IE via fb@planit-ie.com to check availability.

www.plant-ie.com

Twitter: @PlanitIE

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For Further Information Please Contact:

Lisa Ashurst, Ashurst Communications Ltd on 07973 401123 or lisa@ashurstcomms.co.uk

 

 

Sep 27

Today OBI Property announced Business Growth Fund (BGF), established to help the UK’s fast growing smaller and medium sized businesses, is the latest firm to relocate to Tower 12, Spinningfields, Manchester. Previously based in serviced office accommodation, BGF required a permanent base in the heart of Manchester and has taken 2000 sq ft of space in Tower 12.

Andy Gregory, BGF Regional Director for the North of England, North Wales and Northern Ireland said: “We initially worked from serviced offices, however as the team has grown and our involvement in the region has increased, we required a permanent base in the city from which will also allow us to expand even further. We are delighted to be moving to a permanent home in Tower 12; the location will allow us to build on the success we have already had in the North of England.”

OBI Property advised BGF on the acquisition of its new premises and also designed and project managed the fit out works on BGF’s behalf. Will Lewis, partner, OBI Property said: “It has been great working with Andy Gregory and his team on this move at such an exciting time for BGF. The office looks stunning and I’m sure BGF will be an excellent asset, not just to Spinningfields, but to the many SME businesses in the region.”

Michael Ingall, chief executive of Allied London Properties Limited said: “We are delighted to be welcoming such an important organisation to Spinningfields and this is further confirmation that our thoughtful design of workspace at Tower 12 is appealing to a wide range of business sectors.

Tower 12 is undoubtedly Manchester’s major success this year, with this recent letting being the seventh transaction converted over the past 6 months.”

BGF began investing in October 2011 and is already one of the most active investors of long-term growth capital in the UK with its investment in fast growing companies totalling nearly £90 million to date.

In April 2012 BGF made its first investment in the Manchester region when it made a £3.25 million investment in award-winning Mexican street food chain, Barburrito. Since then the BGF team has expanded to five and has completed four deals including backing Northern pub chain Wear Inns and Springfield Healthcare, the largest independent provider of domiciliary care in Yorkshire and Humberside.

Formerly known as Manchester House, Tower 12 comprises 75,000 sq ft of floor space which includes 40,000 sq ft of office space over ten floors, all sitting above the ten new retail and leisure units which make up Avenue North.

Located in Spinningfields, Tower 12 is connected to Bridge Street via the pedestrian walkway created by Avenue North. Salford Central train station is just a few minutes walk from Tower 12, while Victoria station, providing access to trams and trains is just five minutes away.

Spinningfields combines world-class architecture and contemporary public space, with a vitality that comes from its exciting mix of offices, retail, restaurants, bars and living space. The award winning scheme hosts some of Manchester’s biggest calendar events, including outdoor summer cinema Screenfields and Manchester’s Christmas ice rink. With a total investment of £1.5bn, Spinningfields comprises 427,450 sq m (4,600,000 sq ft) of mixed-use development in the heart of the city centre.

www.obiproperty.co.uk

Twitter: @OBIProperty

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For Further Information Please Contact

Lisa Ashurst, Ashurst Communications on 07973 401123 or lisa@ashurstcomms.co.uk

 

 

Sep 21

ADG Leisure will launch its first bar, Lock 91 on Tuesday 25 September from 6.30pm-8.30pm by holding a special VIP party in conjunction with the Manchester Food and Drink Festival (MFDF12).

Set up by Andrew Fenlon and Gary Harvey, Lock 91 is the former lock keepers cottage situated at 9 Century Street, opposite Atlas Bar and Deansgate Station. The pair have a created an intimate venue, designed to feel comfortable no matter how busy or quiet it is.

Andrew Fenlon said: “Our main aim is to be a home from home with the cottage style décor and our event schedule. Our drinks and service are geared around our guests and their comfort levels.

The Lock 91 team are all hired on personality and are trained to be hosts first and bar staff second, but service is paramount and so is a smile!”

The interior of Lock 91 has been designed by Manchester based NoChintz and includes a private VIP room complete with Chesterfield sofas, a games room featuring a pool table and darts board, private outdoor terrace and the top floor has been designed to allow for party nights, events and private hire.

Andrew and Gary have been working on Lock 91 for three years and have set up ADG Leisure to build on their shared and extensive experience of working in the industry. Andrew’s eight year career has seen him work with companies such as Living Ventures, PBR Leisure and Mitchell & Butlers; his last post was as general manager of Prohibition in Manchester.

Gary’s career has been solely with independents, working his way through the ranks to his last role which was as general manager of Atlas Bar.

www.lock-91.co.uk

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Lisa Ashurst, Ashurst Communications on 07973 401123 or lisa@ashurstcomms.co.uk

 

 

Aug 22

Today Argent, developer of The Hive, Lever Street and joint venture partner with Manchester City Council has announced it is to sponsor the Manchester Food and Drink Festival (MFDF12) for the tenth year in a row.

MFDF12 is the UK’s largest urban festival of food and this year it celebrates its 15th anniversary, with the event called ‘The Big Fifteen’.

Angela Fielding, project director, Argent said: “Manchester Food and Drink Festival is a great asset to Manchester, and we at Argent are really proud of our long-term relationship with the event and the team behind it. As part of our deal this year, the team is moving into part of the ground floor of our development, The Hive on Lever Street.”

Siobhan Hanley of Manchester Food and Drink Festival, said: “This year is the 15th anniversary for Manchester Food and Drink Festival and in line with this milestone, the Festival is set to be bigger and better than ever. It’s also a fantastic time to begin the next chapter in our new HQ at The Hive and we’re delighted with the continued sponsor relationship we have with Argent, a company integral to Manchester.”

This year MFDF takes place from to September 21 until October 8, running for 18 days, including three weekends, of food and drink events at a variety of venues across the city. The centrepiece will be the Festival Hub on Albert Square, running for the duration the festival and featuring hundreds of events, brews, wines, street food traders, ciders, cocktails, musicians, producers and more!

MFDF was founded in 1998 in order to highlight just what Manchester had to offer in terms of dining, food and drink. Every year the festival takes over as much of the city and surrounding districts of Greater Manchester as possible and endeavours to highlight current issues in the food and drinks industry.

Over the years, the festival has drawn famous names such as Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay and Bill Wyman. The festival hosts events as diverse as childrens’ food workshops, to the popular, glittering gala dinner at The Lowry Hotel.

This year, MFDF has moved office to part of the ground floor of The Hive on Lever Street in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, taking up 1000 sq ft of space.

Other sponsors of the event include Metrolink, Capital FM, BBC Radio Manchester and The Palace Hotel.

The Hive on Lever Street is the only Grade A office building in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Tenants include the Arts Council; The Studio – versatile space for meetings, launch events, conferences, training days and parties; Fatsoma, which helps people find out about events, purchase tickets and share plans with friends, and new brand experience agency Spacemen. It is also home to the Bakerie Tasting Store and The Classroom – which is run by Argent providing members with free space to work from.

The office space at the Hive is flexible to meet all requirements and is available from 1,000 sq ft to 40,000 sq ft. The building also benefits from a natural ventilation system which ensures it is one of the greenest and most cost effective buildings in Manchester.

www.theclassroom-mcr.co.uk

www.thehivemanchester.com

Twitter: @thehivemanc

www.foodanddrinkfestival.com

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Lisa Ashurst, Ashurst Communications on 07973 401123 or lisa@ashurstcomms.co.uk

 

 

Aug 13

Corporate membership organisation Pro∙Manchester has selected Tower 12, Avenue North, Spinningfields as its new home. Pro-Manchester, which represents the financial and professional sector in Greater Manchester has taken a five year lease on part of Level 9 of Manchester’s landmark workplace building.

Mike Ingall, chief executive, Allied London Properties Ltd said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming Pro∙Manchester to Spinningfields. A number of their existing financial and professional services members are based on our estate and we are sure the move will assist in growing their ever expanding membership numbers.”

John Ashcroft, chief executive of Pro∙manchester said: “It’s great that we’re making the move over to Spinningfields and to Tower 12, it will bring us closer to many of our member firms and is a positive step for our organisation at a time of growth and exciting change. We look forward to becoming part of the bustling hub which is the Spinningfields district in just a few weeks time.”

OBI Property represented Allied London on agreeing the new lease and Will Lewis, offices partner said: “We worked very closely with Pro∙manchester in making this transaction happen and their new office will provide a stunning working environment for the organisation.”

Formerly known as Manchester House, Tower 12 comprises 75,000 sq ft of floor space which includes 40,000 sq ft of office space over ten floors, all sitting above the ten new retail and leisure units which make up Avenue North.

Located in Spinningfields, Tower 12 is connected to Bridge Street via the pedestrian walkway created by Avenue North. Salford Central train station is just a few minutes walk from Tower 12, while Victoria station, providing access to trams and trains is just five minutes away.

Spinningfields combines world-class architecture and contemporary public space, with a vitality that comes from its exciting mix of offices, retail, restaurants, bars and living space. The award winning scheme hosts some of Manchester’s biggest calendar events, including outdoor summer cinema Screenfields and Manchester’s Christmas ice rink. With a total investment of £1.5bn, Spinningfields comprises 427,450 sq m (4,600,000 sq ft) of mixed-use development in the heart of the city centre.

www.tower12spinningfields.com

www.obiproperty.co.uk

www.pro-manchester.co.uk

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For Further Information Please Contact

Lisa Ashurst, Ashurst Communications on 07973 401123 or lisa@ashurstcomms.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Aug 09

Manchester based OBI Property has announced today it is to act as property advisors on the entire UK property portfolio for world leading professional services business Bureau Veritas. The portfolio totals 77, 400 sq ft of commercial buildings.

OBI will provide a strategic tenant advisory service focussing on lease renewals, rent reviews, relocations and building surveying matters across Bureau Veritas property portfolio which includes buildings in Manchester, London, Belfast, Glasgow, Birmingham and Aberdeen.

Michael Morgan, partner at OBI Property commented: “OBI is delighted to be appointed by Bureau Veritas, a market leader in their industry. We feel our fresh approach to property matters helped us stand out from the competition and we look forward to working with Bureau Veritas on its future property matters throughout the UK.”

Kyle Veitch, technical, quality and risk director at Bureau Veritas, said: “We are really pleased that OBI Property will act as advisers for our national portfolio. Their reputation is second to none in this area and we look forward to enjoying the benefit of an excellent level of consultancy and expert advice from them.”

Bureau Veritas, established in 1828, offers bespoke solutions to clients in the areas of compliance in quality, health and safety, environment and social accountability. They operate from over 20 locations across the UK, including London, Manchester and Birmingham. The 2011 revenue stood at 3.4 billion Euros for the Bureau Veritas Group.

Bureau Veritas work with numerous wide ranging industries, including oil and gas, transport and infrastructure, food, commodities, marine, power & utilities and consumer products, government services and international trade, and property.

Services offered by Bureau Veritas include, health and safety consulting and training, fire risk assessment, certification, mechanical and electrical inspection, asbestos, indoor air and water quality.

OBI Property was set up in 2010 by Will Lewis, Gary Scorah and Dominic Horridge. It is a real estate company which provides advice and consultancy to its clients which range from building owners and landlords to investment funds. In addition OBI Property provides project management on refurbishment and building projects which includes working with tenants to help them fit out their work space.

www.obiproperty.co.uk

Twitter: @OBIProperty

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For Further Information Please Contact

Lisa Ashurst, Ashurst Communications on 07973 401123 or lisa@ashurstcomms.co.uk

 

 

Aug 07

Lincoln House Chambers is the latest organisation to take workspace at Tower 12, Avenue North, Spinningfields. The Chambers, which specialises in regulatory, criminal and civil law, moved from its former premises on Brazennose Street, Manchester last week.

Head of Chambers at Lincoln House Chambers, Guy Gozem QC, said: “We decided to take space at Tower 12 to accommodate our growing team, which includes 13 Queen’s Counsel and 53 Junior Counsel. The close proximity to the Crown Court and the Civil Justice Centre certainly helped us make our decision; however we were also bowled over by the space with its 360 degree views across the City.”

Michael Ingall, chief executive of Allied London Properties Limited said; “Tower 12 has attracted many high-calibre businesses and I am delighted to see the space being taken by such varied and dynamic organisations. The feedback from the tenants has been excellent and we have created the innovative workspace which we always wanted to achieve.”

Acting on behalf of Allied London, OBI Property is sole leasing consultant and project manager on Tower 12. Will Lewis, offices partner OBI said; ‘Tower 12 is a superb addition to Spinningfields. It is excellent to welcome Lincoln House Chambers and following the recent announcements by Leonard Curtis and Great Fridays, we’ve made an excellent start to the leasing campaign as works will be completed by the end of this month.”

Lincoln House Chambers was advised by Chris Lloyd at DTZ.

In addition to Lincoln House Chambers, the other tenants of Tower 12 announced so far are: Datalex, Barton Willmore, Leonard Curtis and Great Fridays.

Formerly known as Manchester House, Tower 12 comprises 75,000 sq ft of floor space which includes 40,000 sq ft of office space over ten floors, all sitting above the ten new retail and leisure units which make up Avenue North.

Located in Spinningfields, Tower 12 is connected to Bridge Street via the pedestrian walkway created by Avenue North. Salford Central train station is just a few minutes walk from Tower 12, while Victoria station, providing access to trams and trains is just five minutes away.

Spinningfields combines world-class architecture and contemporary public space, with a vitality that comes from its exciting mix of offices, retail, restaurants, bars and living space. The award winning scheme hosts some of Manchester’s biggest calendar events, including outdoor summer cinema Screenfields and Manchester’s Christmas ice rink. With a total investment of £1.5bn, Spinningfields comprises 427,450 sq m (4,600,000 sq ft) of mixed-use development in the heart of the city centre.

www.tower12spinningfields.com

www.obiproperty.co.uk

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Lisa Ashurst, Ashurst Communications Ltd on 07973 401123 or lisa@ashurstcomms.co.uk

 

 

Jul 11

Joint Venture Partners, Argent and Manchester City Council, have today announced the sign up of two new office tenants at the Hive, Lever Street, Manchester. Fatsoma and Spacemen will take a total of 2,000 sq ft between them on the ground and sixth floors.

Angela Fielding, Project Director at Argent said: “We’re delighted to have two new tenants on board. More and more businesses are seeking higher quality offices within the Northern Quarter and The Hive is perfectly placed to meet their requirements.”

Fatsoma, founded in 2006 by Paul Stacey, Ben Taylor and Chris Pearson enables people to find and discover events and purchase tickets, and share plans with friends.

Paul Stacey at Fatsoma said: “Our business is growing fast, we now have over 600,000 online users and so we needed to upgrade to a fitting office space; we love the location of The Hive which is in the centre of the Northern Quarter and the office space is really high quality. We are also keen to employ the best of Manchester’s talent and we’re confident that our new office will offer the perfect working environment for them.”

Spacemen is a new brand experience agency specialising in creating interior, exhibition and event spaces.

The company has been founded by Adrian Taylor and Chris Britton who, after a combined 30 years experience working for leading agencies and global brands have chosen The Hive as their base.

Chris Britton said: “We wanted an office flexible enough so that we could create our own identity within it and we’ve been able to do that here. The location and facilities are excellent, and we are looking forward to settling into the community of The Hive”.

The Hive totals 80,000 square feet of award winning, sustainable office space. It is located in the heart of the Northern Quarter in Manchester and its efficient floorplates allow tenants to take from 1,000 to 40,000 sq ft. The building holds a BREEAM “Excellent” rating and its innovative natural ventilation system makes it one of the greenest and most cost effective office buildings you can find. In 2011, The Hive won the prestigious British Council for Offices ‘Best Commercial Workplace in the North’ award.

http://www.fatsoma.com/

Twitter: @_Spacemen

www.thehivemanchester.com

Twitter: @thehivemanc

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For Further Information Please Contact

Lisa Ashurst, Ashurst Communications on 07973 401123 or lisa@ashurstcomms.co.uk

 

 

Jul 09

MediaCityUk based floral design company Verdure will be exhibiting at this year’s RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park, with an installation entitled ‘Plato’s Atlantis’- it will be a recreation, in flowers, of the legend of the ancient city. The show runs from Wednesday 18 July to Sunday 22 July.

Adi Thomas, co-director of Verdure, said: “Our theme captures the fall of Atlantis, a once great city that stood by the sea “in front of the Pillars of Hercules”. Once a powerful city that conquered many parts of Africa and Europe, it sank into the ocean in “one day and night of misfortune”. We will explore this richly textured legend, recorded by the ancient writer Plato, through a wide assortment of cut flowers and foliage of vibrant and stunning colours and textures.”

While full details of the exhibit are being kept under wraps until the Show, Verdure has revealed ‘Plato’s Atlantis’ will consist of three main structural elements containing a mix of seasonal flowers and foliage. It will combine modern flowers like Vanda orchids with more traditional varieties of roses and hydrangeas in shades of blue, purple, green, brown, yellow and orange.

Kai Leek, co-director of Verdure, said: “We were really proud to win the Silver Gilt Medals at both RHS Tatton Park 2010 and 2011, and we started planning for this year’s show right after last year’s win. We are excited to be displaying our cutting edge knowledge of floristry techniques to such a knowledgeable audience once again.”

Verdure was set up in 2005 by Adi Thomas after he completed a floristry qualification in 2004, and in 2008 partner Kai Leek became co-director. Despite tough recent economic times, in the last three financial years turnover has grown from over £110,000 in 2009 to £280,000 in 2011.

Verdure is proud to be preferred florists of choice to Manchester City Football Club, the National Football Museum, the What Car? Awards and Liverpool Cathedral events. Later this year, Verdure will launch a bridal store, which will cater for weddings of all budgets.

Verdure work in a team of five and provide flowers and floral design services for a wide range of customers including weddings, award ceremonies, product launches, parties, football clubs and concert venues. The business has a very strong retail side and Verdure is able to make deliveries across the UK.

Verdure actively uses Facebook and Twitter, where customers can browse galleries of past events, weddings and parties they have provided flowers for and keep up to date with new products and the latest offers.

http://www.verdure.co.uk/

Twitter: @Verdure_Floral

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Notes for Editors

The RHS Tatton Park Show press day is on Tuesday 17 July. Verdure Floral Design will be in attendance at the press day. If you would like to meet Kai and Adi at the show, please contact Lisa Ashurst before Friday 13 July on the number below.

Press information will be available from the press office.

To organise press entry to the Show please follow this link

For Further Information Please Contact:

Lisa Ashurst, Ashurst Communications on 07973 401123 or lisa@ashurstcomms.co.uk

Zoe Harris, Ashurst Communications on 07585 601056 or zoe@ashurstcomms.co.uk

 

 

 

Jun 07

COPENHAGEN – Following an announcement by Copenhagen Arena CPHX P/S earlier today, Planit-IE is delighted to confirm it is part of the winning team to design the new £120 million multi-purpose arena in Ørestad South, Copenhagen, Denmark. The team is led by Danish architects 3XN, and the UK office of HKS Architects.

The competition to design the arena which includes a 15,000 seat indoor venue has been running since autumn 2011, and attracted entries from across the globe. The final short list was made up of the 3XN and Planit-IE team, Foster + Partners and Grimshaw with CF Møller.

Planit-IE will now work with 3XN, HKS, Arup and ME Engineers to develop the designs to create a world-class arena set in a vibrant and attractive environment, a characterful place which will support the daily life of the emerging Ørestad neighbourhood.

Pete Swift, Director of Planit said: “We are thrilled to be part of this winning team. From a chance introduction to 3XN via HKS, we have landed our first overseas project and beaten the best in the world. We’re looking forward to working with the team and clients, not only to create a stunning arena, but to set it within a diverse and inspiring public park which will operate from day one and grow and mature for years to come.”

Much emphasis has been placed on integrating the newest sustainable technology and materials within the design, to further strengthen Denmark’s world leading position in green architecture. The arena will be operated by American company Live Nation, which operates a number of venues in the UK including the O2 Arena in London. It is expected the arena will be complete by 2015.

Planit IE

Planit-IE is a team of landscape architects and urban designers with a passion to make the places in which we work, live, play and learn be healthy, engaging and wonderful. Planit designs for life; it contemplates the future to make sure that what we do today will still be thriving in a 100 years time.

Planit was set up in 1998 by Pete Swift, Edward Lister and Rich Line and has studios in Altrincham, London and Liverpool.

www.planit-ie.com

Twitter: @planitie

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Link to original announcement by the client – Copenhagen Arena CPHX P/S

http://www.copenhagen-arena.dk/en/news/Pages/New-Copenhagen-Arena-with-a-distinctly-nordic-design.aspx

For further information please contact Lisa Ashurst, Ashurst Communications on 07973 401123 or lisa@ashurstcomms.co.uk

 

 

May 22

One of the UK’s largest debt management companies MoneyPlus Group has agreed to take 21,500 sq ft at Bruntwood’s 140,000 sq ft Riverside scheme on New Bailey Street, Manchester. It is the largest office letting in Manchester city centre so far this year and involves MoneyPlus Group relocating the business from Altrincham into Manchester City Centre.

OBI Property advised MoneyPlus Group on the relocation and Riverside will provide the base for the business to continue its rapid expansion. MoneyPlus Group will move into the £5 million refurbished complex during the summer.

Chris Davis, CEO, MoneyPlus Group said: “The move to Riverside marks a significant step in the growth of MoneyPlus Group. We have exciting plans to further grow the business and working with a property owner such as Bruntwood provides the perfect partner to accommodate our future growth. Riverside provides a stunning base for our staff and we are excited to be moving to such a great scheme.”

Family owned commercial property company Bruntwood with offices in the North and Midlands recently completed the £5 million refurbishment of Riverside which has created two new reception areas, new public realm including a new waterside park and an upgrade on the floor space across the five buildings which make up the complex.

Chris Oglesby, CEO, Bruntwood said: “Attracting such a significant customer as MoneyPlus Group is very positive news for Riverside. We are delighted to provide a property solution that meets the needs of MoneyPlus Group’s future expansion. Although we have yet to complete the refurbishment works, the take up of space has been extremely positive with eight new customers already committed to taking space in the revitalised office scheme”.

We’re well on our way to establishing Riverside as a key city centre location; it’s close to some excellent amenities including the Salford Central train station, Spinningfields and Deansgate.”

Will Lewis, Partner, OBI Property that advised MoneyPlus Group said: “This is a major relocation and it is testament to the quality of Riverside and public transport infrastructure that our clients had the confidence to relocate from South Manchester.”

OBI Property is providing the interior design and project management advice to MoneyPlus Group.

MoneyPlus Group will join occupiers DRL, YFM PE, Brontone, Port 2 Port, Gunnercooke, Edward Symonds and Heath Lambert at Riverside.

www.obiproperty.co.uk

Twitter: @OBIProperty

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More on Riverside

Riverside provides over 1.5 acres of public space and a private courtyard. Careful use of water features, sculptures, planting and new timber-decked seating areas has created a sanctuary within the city, making Riverside an attractive, tranquil and pleasant place to work.

The revamped landscape in urban surroundings means your business will be isolated away from the noise and disruption of the city, yet still retain all the benefits of a city centre office without the premium city centre price tag.

With floor plates of up to 17,800 sq ft, Riverside offers a scale of office space rarely found in the refurbished city centre office market. The size of these floors provide an extensive range of space plan options, resulting in increased spatial efficiency and reduced sq footage costs.

For the smaller occupier there is also a small suite scheme, which is ideal for start up companies offering low overheads and minimal up front costs.

Riverside’s location on the ring road also makes it an ideal location for customers with a combination of city-centre and regionally based clients. The Lowry Hotel and Salford Central train station are directly opposite.

Flexible open plan suites means office space can be taken from 150 sq ft to 60,000 sq ft and the development borders a secure courtyard that is exclusively for customers use. We have invested over £5m in the Riverside complex to transform the buildings, receptions and courtyard area, which now includes extensive planting, water features and seating areas.

For Further Information Please Contact

Lisa Ashurst, Ashurst Communications on 07973 401123 or lisa@ashurstcomms.co.uk

 

May 22

The next Manchester meeting of the Windows Azure User Group will take place on Wednesday 6 June at 6pm for 6.30pm start at Outsourcery, 1, The Avenue, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3AP. It is free to attend.

The group is open to all who work with the cloud platform Windows Azure. Confirmed speakers and the topics are:

• James Akrigg, Microsoft – using Azure storage to build fast, scalable apps

• Ponnu Devarajan, Rekoop – building a mobile application on Azure

Carlos Oliveira, Shaping Cloud who helps to organise the Group said: “The Windows Azure User Group in Manchester is growing and we’re pleased to welcome James and Ponnu to our next meeting. Anyone with an interest in Azure and building apps is welcome to attend.”

Anyone wishing to attend the evening should visit www.ukwaug.net and register interest. Food and drinks will be provided.

www.ukwaug.net

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For further information about the Manchester Windows User Group please contact:

Cathy Hamer, Shaping Cloud on 0161 408 5333 or cathy@shapingcloud.com

For all press enquiries please contact Lisa Ashurst, Ashurst Communications on 07973 401123 or lisa@ashurstcomms.co.uk

 

 

May 15

Allied London today announced experience design agency, Great Fridays which was founded in Manchester, with other offices in London and San Francisco is to move into Tower 12 when the building completes this summer.

Michael Ingall, chief executive, Allied London Properties Limited said: “With Great Fridays signed to move into Tower 12, it shows the space we are creating is exactly what the market is looking for at this time, and I am very pleased the building is filling up well before it is finished.”

“What’s even more exciting for us is that we expect to work with these businesses to help expand theirs, and benefit ours. We are definitely bringing a new and exciting occupier base to Spinningfields; this will inform and fuel future phases, all exciting stuff. ”

Great Fridays is moving from its current base in Manchester into Tower 12 not only because it needs more space to accommodate its growing team, but also because it wanted space that reflects the company’s own vision for its future.

Great Fridays provides experience design, product strategy and visionary thinking for a wide range of clients including Vodafone, Adobe, Thomson Reuters, Gucci, Imagination Technology, Pearson, Orange and Williams Lea.

Matt Farrar, founder, Great Fridays said: “As we are expanding our Manchester team, moving to Tower 12 makes complete sense. The location at Spinningfields is superb, while the office space itself, full of natural light will provide a good working environment and great place to welcome our clients to. It is important to us that our team have the best working environment in Manchester, and we are confident we have found it. Tower 12 aligns perfectly with our London office presence and our new base in San Francisco.”

OBI Property is the sole leasing consultant and project manager acting on behalf of Allied London. Will Lewis, partner, OBI Property said: “It’s great to build on the success of the initial lettings. To have concluded four pre-let transactions on a refurbishment project really does confirm how occupiers understand the type of product we are creating at Tower 12. The building is far more than a conventional office and the mixed use nature of the future retail and leisure operators provides a great mix”.

Formerly known as Manchester House, Tower 12 comprises 75,000 sq ft of floor space which includes 40,000 sq ft of office space over ten floors, all sitting above the ten new retail and leisure units which make up Avenue North.

Located in Spinningfields, Tower 12 is connected to Bridge Street via the pedestrian walkway created by Avenue North. Salford Central train station is just a few minutes walk from Tower 12, while Victoria station, providing access to trams and trains is just five minutes away.

Spinningfields combines world-class architecture and contemporary public space, with a vitality that comes from its exciting mix of offices, retail, restaurants, bars and living space. The award winning scheme hosts some of Manchester’s biggest calendar events, including outdoor summer cinema Screenfields and Manchester’s Christmas ice rink. With a total investment of £1.5bn, Spinningfields comprises 427,450 sq m (4,600,000 sq ft) of mixed-use development in the heart of the city centre.

www.tower12spinningfields.com

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For further information on Tower 12 and OBI Property please contact Lisa Ashurst, Ashurst Communications on 07973 401123 or lisa@ashurstcomms.co.uk

 

May 02

Today Allied London revealed Neighbourhood will be the first new restaurant to open on Avenue North, Spinningfields later this year. The brainchild of James Hitchen, the man who created Southern Eleven, also at Spinningfields, Neighbourhood will be a New York style all-day eatery – a first for Manchester.

Neighbourhood takes its inspiration from iconic New York restaurants and bars including The Standard Grill and STK. And as a new wave of Big Apple cool restaurants open in London, the 200 cover Neighbourhood will be the first to bring the scene straight from the NYC Meatpacking District to Manchester. It is being designed by Cheshire company Innex Design.

James Hitchen said: “Following on the success of Southern Eleven at Spinningfields, I am thrilled to be opening Neighbourhood on Avenue North. It’s my second venture, it will be a totally new dining experience for Manchester and I am looking forward to opening the doors later this year.”

Michael Ingall, chief executive, Allied London Properties Limited said: “I am very pleased James has chosen Avenue North as the location for Neighbourhood, it will be an excellent asset to Spinningfields.”

Formerly known as Manchester House, Tower 12 comprises 75,000 sq ft of floor space which includes 40,000 sq ft of office space over ten floors, all sitting above the ten new retail and leisure units which make up Avenue North. The first two office tenants for Tower 12 were recently announced and more new tenants will be named soon.

Located in Spinningfields, Tower 12 is connected to Bridge Street via the pedestrian walkway created by Avenue North. Salford Central train station is just a few minutes walk from Tower 12, while Victoria station, providing access to trams and trains is just five minutes away.

Spinningfields combines world-class architecture and contemporary public space, with a vitality that comes from its exciting mix of offices, retail, restaurants, bars and living space. The award winning scheme hosts some of Manchester’s biggest calendar events, including outdoor summer cinema Screenfields and Manchester’s Christmas ice rink. With a total investment of £1.5bn, Spinningfields comprises 427,450 sq m (4,600,000 sq ft) of mixed-use development in the heart of the city centre.

www.tower12spinningfields.com

Follow Tower 12 on Twitter: www.twitter.com/tower12mcr

Join Tower 12 on Facebook: www.facebook.com/tower12.spinningfields

Follow Spinningfields on Twitter www.twitter.com/spinningfields

Join Spinningfields Facebook page www.facebook.com/Spinningfields

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For further information on Tower 12 please contact Lisa Ashurst, Ashurst Communications on 07973 401123 or lisa@ashurstcomms.co.uk

For further information on Neighbourhood please contact Karina Jadhav karina@southern11.co.uk