CBRE’s Hana seals Windmill Green leasing

The real estate consultancy’s flexible workspace arm has agreed to take 26,000 sq ft in Fore Partnership’s Manchester city centre building, after the parties were reported to be in talks in December.

Hana has signed to lease half of the ground floor along with the entirety of the first and second floors. The deal marks Hana’s first UK foray outside London.

Hana partners with landlords to develop and operate flexible workspaces, with each unit containing office spaces as part of Hana Team, conference and events space as part of Hana Meet, and general co-working space under Hana Share.

When Hana moves into its Manchester base, due to be by the end of the third quarter this year, it will join technology company Interact Software, which took the 12,750 sq ft sixth floor of Windmill Green in September.

Co-working firm Our.Space had previously agreed to take half of the ground floor and the entire first floor in a letting totalling 13,600 sq ft, which would have been the brand’s Manchester debut. But the deal fell through at the start of the 2019.

The 78,000 sq ft Windmill Green sits on the corner of Mount Street opposite the Midland Hotel. The building has floor plates of 12,750 sq ft from the second to fifth floors, together with 9,750 sq ft on the sixth floor, plus roof terraces and a bar on the seventh. With this deal, the building is nearly half full, with 39,250 sq ft remaining.

Windmill Green was designed by TP Bennett. The interior design was by Sheila Bird Group and construction by Kier.

Aurélien Collignon, investment director at Fore, said: “Hana choosing Windmill Green as its first UK location outside of London is a massive endorsement for the building.

“Completing this key letting in a time of market uncertainty demonstrates that business carries on and is a strong vote of confidence in the Hana brand, the building, and Manchester.”

Paul Nellist, EMEA managing director at Hana, said: “We are looking forward to coming to Manchester and partnering with such a future-focused firm as Fore Partnership, which understands the needs of the modern occupier and the requirement to provide professional, sophisticated amenity space within its buildings.”

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