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Jaguar takes last two floors at Bruntwood’s Neo

Jaguar Land Rover will open a software, IT, and engineering centre at Bruntwood’s 12-storey Neo building in Manchester, after it agreed to take 9,500 sq ft over two floors.

JLR has signed for the tenth and 11th floors, with the tenth housing the car manufacturer’s engineering team and the IT department taking the 11th.

The deal means the building on the corner of Portland Street and Charlotte Street, already home to other occupiers including Hilson Moran and Microsoft, is now fully let.

Microsoft has around 100 staff based over 4,500 sq ft on the seventh floor, and moved into Neo last summer.

The 52,000 sq ft building was launched in March 2017 following an £8m of the building, formerly named Bank House, by the developer.

Bruntwood’s Bradley Topps said: “We are thrilled to welcome Jaguar Land Rover to Neo. As an innovative technology business with high aspirations for growth they are perfectly suited to a place, purposely-designed to inspire creative thinking and collaborative working.”

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This is great news! How come here and not Brum, their homeland. Great news for Manchester.

By Dudley

Disappointing that Jaguar didn’t decide to build upon their existing presence in the LCR. Almost feels like being cheated on by your girlfriend and forced to watch as she slinks off with a new beau.

By Deebee

But that’s what happens when you have no grade A office space, let alone any in a complex designed for technology innovation. This is the kind of thing that Liverpool is missing out on. That an company with its operations in Liverpool chooses Manchester for this kind of thing should be a matter on the local political agenda. But you won’t hear it even talked about, let alone resigned over.

By Mike

Incidentally, this is a refurbished building very much like some others that Liverpool has had taken away from it in recent years.

By Mike

While building more offices should be THE priority, there’s enough appropriate space in LCR for a requirement this size; Paddington Village, various science buildings near hospital, waterfront. Even Daresbury tho you get the impression they wanted city centre. That Manchester already has such a huge pool of staff is probably the biggest draw, unfortunately. Worth noting they didn’t choose Birmingham Or Cov either despite their huge presence in the Midlands. They’ve also opened tech centres in US and Ireland so getting about. Nevertheless the LCR leadership should take note. An absolute priority should be more workspace. Even if big office complexs are hard to fund they should be backing medium sized conversions in Baltic right now and stopping any more speculative flats round there. Liverpool missed out hugely not building on the games industry in the 80s and 90s due to poor leadership then. Similarly the film studios is great but should have been opened 10 years ago frankly.

By Anonymous

Thank you “anonymous”, however Liverpool is also the centre of a “huge” pool of talent, including being a leader in technology innovation. I can understand if this is yet another victim of miscounting with regard to the comparative numbers of people employed in each area, however common sense would indicate that it is simply there was nowhere comparable in Liverpool to base, which itself is as a result of that the economy has not been looked after. Hence what can be effectively described as “job losses” from Liverpool’s perspective.

By Mike