The Ministry of Defence has started moving into its prelet 70,000 sq ft offices at Walker House, Exchange Flags, in Liverpool city centre.
The fit-out for developers UK Land & Property and Pochin has now been completed by the contracting arm of Pochin and the MoD plans to take full occupation by the end of the year. The MoD procurement department's 600 staff will occupy a third of the building and have its own entrance.
Walker House is undergoing a £15m refurbishment, following on from the successful renovation of the Horton House wing on the opposite side of the square. Horton is nearly full and occupied by Brabners Chaffe Street, Deloitte, Regus, Knight Frank and Ryder Architecture. In total the combined scheme brings 450,000 sq ft of office space to market.
Paul Johnson, director at UK Land & Property, commented: "By carrying out the comprehensive refurbishment on behalf of the MoD, we created a turn-key package specific to its requirements. Having now completed this phase to programme, we are now working towards the completion of the remaining 140,000 sq ft, which will be ready for occupation by January 2009."
Knight Frank, King Sturge and Keppie Massie are joint office agents for the scheme.