Govt signs for 130,000 sq ft civil service hub in Manchester
The Government Property Agency has signed a lease at Ask Real Estate’s First Street, where it plans to relocate 2,500 staff from Piccadilly Gate and Whitehall.
Piccadilly Gate is to be demolished to make way for Manchester Piccadilly’s HS2 station. Subsequently, staff from government departments including National Highways will relocate to the new 130,000 sq ft First Street office.
Around 700 of the staff that will work from the new Manchester office will be relocations from London. This forms part of the government’s Places for Growth programme, which aims to move 22,000 civil service roles out of the capital into the regions.
As part of the same strategy the Department for Culture, Media & Sport took on 12,000 sq ft at Bruntwood Works’ Bloc off Marble Street in Manchester earlier this year.
In total, the government plans to move 2,500 London-based staff to Manchester.
“The First Street development reaffirms Her Majesty’s Government’s long-term commitment to Manchester,” said Jacob Rees-Mogg, minister for Brexit opportunities and government efficiency.
“This new site will provide a home for civil servants from at least four different government departments, making it one of the largest hubs for cross-government collaboration and operation outside London.”
John Hughes, managing director at Ask Real Estate said: “Attracting the GPA to the estate further establishes First Street as one of the most sought-after business destinations in the region.
“We felt our next building on the estate, in particular the scheme’s green credentials, would be the perfect fit for the GPA with the Government’s sustainability drive, and we’re looking forward to welcoming them to the First Street estate.”
Plans for the First Street building, designed by Jon Matthews Architects, were approved in May. The building is due to open in 2025.
The building aims to be the first in Manchester capable of achieving a minimum NABERS rating of 5.5* or above.