City Tower in Manchester

Bruntwood lets 12,000 sq ft to Amey

Engineering giant Amey has signed a ten-year lease with Bruntwood for 12,000 sq ft across two floors in City Tower, central Manchester.

Amey said its expansion in the region, where it already has offices in Harpurhey, Manchester and Speke, Liverpool could see over 50 new jobs created in the new office in the next 12 months.

Amey works for Manchester City Council to look after street-lighting across the city, as well as managing rail engineering contracts for Network Rail.

Mel Ewell, chief executive of Amey, said: "This move shows Amey's long term commitment to the North West region, where we'll be looking to draw from the labour market rich in expertise, in line with our expansion plans. We already have a presence in Manchester city centre where we work in the heart of the community looking after tens of thousands of street-lights. Manchester is a vibrant, dynamic city with excellent transport links and we believe it's the ideal place for our North West Hub."

Graduate and apprenticeship opportunities will also be developed to benefit local engineers living or studying in the city. Nationally, Amey currently employs 120 apprentices and aims to increase this to just over 200 by the end of the year. Amey will also be helping to address the UK's shortage of engineering graduates by working closely with universities across the North West. It's estimated that the UK needs 31,100 new graduate engineers every year for the next five years to meet industry demand in 2017.

One floor at City Tower will house Amey's technology solutions centre, which provides information management, security and control services. The other will house Amey's rail asset management team, inspecting the region's stations, bridges and tunnels as part of a £250m nationwide contract with Network Rail.

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