Norfolk Street offices to become consulate

The Iraqi Consulate has acquired No.1 Norfolk Street, a Grade 2-listed office building of 26,700 sq ft in central Manchester.

The consulate has outgrown its current premises in Oxford Court, reflecting the increase in the number of British Iraqis residing in the UK.

The six-storey No.1 Norfolk Street, previously occupied by Deloitte, changed hands for an undisclosed sum.

Dominic Evans, senior executive at Matthews & Goodman, advised the purchaser. He said: "After an extensive search No.1 Norfolk Street was identified as satisfying the stringent criteria required by the purchaser, notably flexible accommodation in a central location in proximity to good transport links."

The property was acquired with vacant possession following the simultaneous surrender of the occupational lease to the former tenant, Deloitte, who have not occupied the property several years. The property was subject to a successful application for a change of use, secured by Matthews & Goodman's planning team, from office to consular use during the acquisition process.

Henry Godsal at Fineman Ross acted for the vendor, a private investor. Ken Bishop at DTZ acted for the tenant, Deloitte. The solicitors for the vendor were Hilmi & Partners, London and for the purchaser, Cobbetts, Manchester.

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