Mills & Reeve confirms Circle Square move

The law firm has confirmed it will take 15,000 sq ft at Bruntwood SciTech’s No1 Circle Square, a move reported by Place North West in April this year.

Around 100 of the firm’s staff will move from its current home at New York Street to Circle Square once the building completes in September 2020.

The legal practice has seen significant expansion in the past two years, particularly in its real estate offering headed up by Mike Edge and Rachel Pitman, who joined the company last January.

Eight new staff have joined its real estate team in the past year, while the company also hired partner Richard New from Eversheds Sutherland in February.

Mills & Reeve is the second confirmed tenant at Circle Square, following HP which took a 10-year lease on a 20,000 sq ft space in December last year.

Place North West also reported in May this year that marketing firm Dentsu Aegis was eyeing a move for up to 100,000 sq ft at the £750m development, which is set to include 400,000 sq ft of offices in its first phase.

Niall Innes, head of Mills & Reeve’s Manchester office, said: “We looked at various office developments across the city, however, we immediately recognised Bruntwood’s vision for Circle Square which focuses on collaboration with other tenants within a part of the city which will become known for innovation. It was important that we were the right fit.

“Two of our key sector strengths are technology and education and with the universities close by and the Manchester Technology Centre on site plus our collaborative ethos, Circle Square fits neatly with our strategy for the next decade.”

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I notice many a nice picture of people sat in the sun, surrounded by four tall buildings in the centre of a completed circle square.

By L4

@L4 The two buildings in the image above are to the west of the park so the sun will drop behind them in the late afternoon/evening in the summer. For most of the rest of the day the sun will be on this park as there are no tall buildings blocking it to the south.


Saw the new car park in the flesh on Monday and I have to say the brick cladding is very disappointing to the renders shown. It looks cheap, and mismatched in places. The round openings, some of the cladding cuts short so what is meant to look like a bricked up circle is so visually obvious that it is cheap cladding. It’s a carpaprk at the end of the day, but from what the renders shown it could’ve looked a lot better.

By EggManc

One of Manchester’s many missed opportunities.

By Acelius

@JCD thanks for clarifying what happens in terms of sunlight in Manchester’s “summer” – what happens the rest of the year?

By MancLad

It’s great what they’ve done at Circle Square, it’s going to be very popular

By Dan

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