Private healthcare giant Bupa is considering relocating to a bespoke new office building in Manchester city centre or elsewhere in Salford City as it prepares for its lease expiry at the Anchorage and Harbour City.
Bupa is currently going through the process of appointing agents on the 140,000 sq ft requirement. The company is said to favour its own new office building, bringing into strong contention cleared sites at Ask Developments' First Street and Peel Group's Media City UK. Also likely to feature on the list of options is Ask and Network Rail's Greengate Embankment. Allied London's Spinningfields is understood to be out of the price range – early £20s/sq ft – that Bupa is considering.
US engineering giant Jacobs Engineering is also on the look-out, for 60,000 sq ft either in the city centre or out-of-town. The company is currently based in several sites, mainly in South Manchester, and is looking to consolidate. Insurance giant Aviva also requires 60,000 sq ft for a consolidation of several Manchester offices.