Highways England has taken the three-storey, 20,600 sq ft Atlantic House in Warrington with plans in place to develop a 240-strong team in the building by April next year.
The building at Birchwood Park has recently undergone a fit-out by landlord CEG and interior designer Spaceinvader, and Highways England will now look to hire additional staff after taking a 10-year lease.
Avison Young acted for CEG, while Savills acted for Highways England.
CEG purchased Atlantic House, which had been empty for around 18 months, as part of a two-office purchase in Warrington from Aviva Investors in November 2016. It also purchased the nearby Appleton House, which includes nearly 30,700 sq ft of offices.
Rupert Barron, director at Avison Young, said: “This deal illustrates the lack of good quality stock in the area and the requirement from occupiers for modern, open plan offices in easily accessible locations.”
Richard Lowe, director at Savills added: “Highways England focused on Atlantic House following a comprehensive search for a first class building in an easily accessible motorway location.
“The building provides a fantastic modern working environment in a secure self-contained building and fulfils the initial brief set out by our client following on from previous North West acquisitions in Carlisle and Preston.”