New tenants sign at Universal Square

MCR Property Group has announced 33,250 sq ft of lettings at Universal Square, the 260,000 sq ft office campus in Ardwick.

AWH Legal, Kaplan Financial and Pearson Education have taken space, joining existing occupiers, including Softcat, One Education, OVG, Mason Williams Digital and Regency Residential.

Education provider Kaplan has taken 12,600 sq ft on a 10-year lease to create an office to support its training centres across the UK.

AWH Legal, the Manchester-based multi-disciplinary law firm for private and commercial clients, has relocated from The Point, Cheetham Hill, to take the fifth floor measuring 16,450 sq ft on a 10-year lease.

Finally, Pearson Education, which provides higher education and professional development and learning, is the third letting, and has signed up to 4,200 sq ft on a nine-year lease.

Gerald Eve represented Kaplan. Pearson Education and AWH Legal represented themselves.

John Nash, director at Canning O’Neill, joint agent for the scheme with Edwards & Co and Savills, said: “The recent burst of success at Universal Square is a direct reflection of high demand we’re seeing in the city’s occupational market. There is a dearth or large floor plate space available at the lower end of the rental scale and, by providing additional services such as a shuttle bus to and from Piccadilly, Universal Square has been able to successfully capitalise on this need.”

Quoting rent is £13.50/sq ft.

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