Optegra UK moves into One Didsbury Point

Michael Hunt

Optegra UK has taken a 13,450 sq ft office on the ground floor of Countryside Properties and Liberty Property Trust's One Didsbury Point in south Manchester.

Optegra UK, which specialises in eye care and is in the process of rolling out a nationwide network of treatment centres, agreed on a 15 year lease at £18/sq ft. One Didsbury Point is the company's first northern office with its other two based in the south.

This latest letting follows on from design and build contractor ETDE's decision to take the 14,130 sq ft top floor of the four-storey building on a ten year lease in October last year. ETDE was the first tenant to occupy the building.

Andrew Carrington, director at Countryside Properties, said: "We have worked hand-in-hand with Optegra to ensure the space met their specific requirements and are now focused on working pro-actively with other potential occupiers to successfully secure further lettings."

In addition, the developer has also appointed Andrew Purdon, who has previously worked for UK Land & Property and GVA Grimley, as a marketing consultant for the development and will be based in One Didsbury Point.

Paul Rubincam, director of Liberty Property Trust, added: "Andrew brings with him a wealth of property development and marketing experience which we believe will be invaluable as we look to secure occupiers for the remainder of the building."

One Didsbury Point was originally named ico1 and the first phase of the building comprises approximately 55,130 sq ft across four floors, which was completed and launched in mid-summer 2007.

The building had been completely vacant until the end of last year despite a number of near missus.

Jones Lang LaSalle and Edwards & Co were previously instructed on the building.

The first and second floors remain available at One Didsbury Point, offering space between 4,000 and 27,000 sq ft.

Knight Frank and P3 Property Consultants acted on behalf of Countryside Properties and Liberty Property Trust in this latest deal and Hurst Warne represented Optegra UK.

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