The refurbished Churchgate House reception by Bluu was opened by Sir Howard Bernstein last year
The refurbished Churchgate House reception by Bluu was opened by Sir Howard Bernstein last year

Helical agrees letting at Churchgate

A charity which provides digital services to the UK education sector has signed for 11,216 sq ft on the sixth floor of Churchgate House in central Manchester's Oxford Street.

On completion of refurbishment works Jisc will relocate from two buildings at the University of Manchester.

Lambert Smith Hampton acted for Jisc while CBRE and OBI represented the landlord, Helical Bar.

Adam Jackson, associate director at LSH, said: "Due to Jisc's work within the education sector it was important that its new accommodation was within the Oxford Road corridor, near the university, with good connectivity and facilities for staff who cycle to work.

"As well as offering the required single, open-plan floorplate, Churchgate House has recently benefited from an upgraded reception with a new coffee hub and business lounge which will provide Jisc's staff and visitors a unique sense of arrival."

Jackson added: "The supply of high quality stock will be boosted by ongoing development in the nearby St Peter's Square area but there is undoubtedly a scarcity of good quality refurbished stock at the mid-teens rent level."

Kirsty Littleford, associate director of office agency at CBRE's Manchester office, added: "Since the refurbishment of Churchgate, existing occupiers Countrywide and Economic Solutions committed to the building for seven and 10 years respectively and most recently Co-operative Travel Management took a 10-year lease on a 10,000 sq ft suite. This flurry of lettings signifies the building's strong appeal and we are confident of more deals to follow."

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