Government department picks Bloc for Manchester hub
The Department for Culture Media & Sport has taken around 12,000 sq ft at Bruntwood Works’ Marble Street office.
DCMS’s decision to open a hub in Manchester is part of a wider Whitehall strategy that will see 22,000 civil servants relocated around the country in a push to level up the regions.
Another government department, Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, plans to move 400 jobs to Salford by 2025, while the Competition and Markets Authority is reportedly eyeing space in Manchester.
In addition, government regulator Ofcom has taken 10,000 sq ft at Bruntwood SciTech’s Circle Square.
DCMS will occupy two floors within Bloc, Place North West understands.
The office is one of Bruntwood’s Pioneer Buildings. The Pioneer project has seen Bruntwood invest around £100m to upgrade existing assets.
Bruntwood Works’ other Pioneer buildings include Blackfriars House, 111 Piccadilly, and Alberton House, a scheme first revealed by Place North West last year.
Bruntwood and DCMS were contacted for comment.