The law firm has confirmed its 71,000 sq ft move to English Cities Fund’s Two New Bailey, a deal first revealed by Place North West in September this year.
The company will move from its existing bases at King’s House on King Street West and Alberton House at St Mary’s Parsonage. BLM’s 645 staff will make the move in early 2021.
The 188,500 sq ft office is being delivered by contractor Bowmer + Kirkland for ECF, a joint venture between Muse Developments, Legal & General, and Homes England.
Aviva is forward-funding the building; BLM’s deal will leave around 80,000 sq ft available at Two New Bailey, after fellow law firm Eversheds confirmed a 50,000 sq ft pre-let this year.
JLL and Cushman & Wakefield are the retained agents for New Bailey; JLL acted for BLM.
BLM senior partner, Matthew Harrington, said: “We have been considering our requirements in relation to premises to suit our future needs in Manchester for some time. This is not just about uniting our Manchester based colleagues, it’s also important for the future of our business as we continue to develop our presence in the North, which is further enhanced by having offices in Leeds and Liverpool.
“The new office will be a contemporary space and will be very similar to the open plan environment we have created elsewhere, for example in Plantation Place and most recently in Birmingham. We will also be rolling out our paperless project in Manchester shortly.
“In a drive to increase technology adoption across the business, we’ve invested in technology which will make sharing information easier. Importantly, this technology, along with our existing collaboration software, will empower our Manchester team to work in a more agile way.”