Liverpool secures largest letting in three years
Sony-owned video game developer Firesprite will take the entirety of Cert Property’s 50,000 sq ft Duke & Parr, providing a much-needed boost to the city’s office market.
Firesprite is relocating from the Vanilla Factory on Fleet Street to the former Bibby Line headquarters in Liverpool’s Ropewalks district, where the company is understood to have signed a 10-year lease.
Cert purchased the four-building cluster at 91 and 105 Duke Street, which includes Liverpool’s grade two-listed former public library, in December 2019.
The developer then converted the property into modern office space aimed at technology businesses.
Firesprite’s 50,000 sq ft letting at Duke & Parr is the largest in Liverpool since parent company Sony took 65,000 sq ft at Echo Place in 2019.
Office take-up in Liverpool city centre has been low over recent months and years; in the first quarter of 2022, just 8,000 sq ft of space was let in the city centre compared with 72,000 sq ft out of town.
Worthington Owen acted for Firesprite on the deal.