Duchy refurbs 81 Fountain Street

The Duchy of Lancaster is to invest £400,000 upgrading 19,000 sq ft of office space formerly occupied by surveyor GVA at 81 Fountain Street in Manchester city centre.

Beginning next month the Duchy, one of the Queen's property estates, will refurbish four floors of the eight-storey property, stripping out and replacing all existing fittings in preparation for marketing the space to prospective tenants.

GVA relocated to PRUPIM's Norfolk House in the middle of 2013.

Nathan Thompson, chief executive of the Duchy of Lancaster, said: "81 Fountain Street is in a prime city centre location which on completion will offer quality space in the heart of Manchester.

The refurbishment will begin in February on the sixth floor, of 4,700 square feet, and is expected to take five weeks to complete.

81 Fountain Street was purchased by the Duchy of Lancaster in 2008 and let to BUPA until 2012. Four floors of the 40,000 square feet building are let to law firm Hill Dickinson, engineering consultancy Jacobs, and national recruitment agency Blue Arrow.
Founded in the 13th century, the Duchy of Lancaster is a private portfolio of land, property and assets held for the Sovereign.

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