The property consultant is the first occupier to sign up at the 180,000 sq ft Landmark development, taking an entire floor as it looks to relocate from One Piccadilly Gardens.
JLL has signed a 15-year lease to move 170 staff to the 10th floor of Landmark, which is currently being developed by Barings with Bowmer + Kirkland as main contractor.
The consultancy has taken 13,900 sq ft and will move once Landmark completes in the third quarter of this year. The move had been long-rumoured with JLL signalling its intention to relocate last year.
CBRE and Colliers are the retained agents for Landmark.
Ian Mayhew, managing director at Barings, said: “We have worked incredibly hard to design and deliver much needed offices in Manchester’s premier business district that appeal to forward-thinking organisations like JLL. To have secured such a high-profile global occupier as our first pre-letting at Landmark is an excellent result that endorses our strategy. Interest for the remaining space in Landmark is strong and we look forward to announcing further transactions in due course.”
The news coincided with Stephen Hogg formally taking over as lead director for the North West. Speaking to Hogg, he said the office at Landmark would be “fully sensored” to monitor use, in order to provide a more flexible approach than its current office in One Piccadilly Gardens.
“Piccadilly was cutting edge when we moved in 10 years ago, but now we’ve fallen behind. There’s going to be a three month fit-out at Landmark, and we’re hoping to be in by Q1 next year.
“Thinking about technology, wellbeing, and diversity moving forward is going to be really important. There’ll be break out areas, library areas, and we can shape the use with the live data which shows how it’s all being used. we plan for it to be JLL’s first Well certified office in its whole international portfolio.”
Speaking on the wider issue of increasing diversity in the property sector, which is one of Hogg’s key priorities as office head, he said: “Change has been coming for a number of years. The sector has been in a state of suspension, but change is happening everywhere. We’re massively supported on the issue of diversity and sustainability, we’re doing it with a real headwind behind us.”