Banking group Santander has selected Osborne + Co as development partner and Jack Carter Architects to deliver its replacement contact centre and operations hub in Bootle, targeting a 2019 start on site.
The overall size of the £75m development has not been confirmed, but it is to house 2,500 employees and is expected to be operational in 2021. The site has been in use by the Spanish business’s forebears since 1968, being well known as the Alliance & Leicester office until A&L was merfged into Santander in 2013.
In September, London-headquartered property company Osborne + Co was chosen as Santander’s development partner for its £150m UK technology headquarters in Milton Keynes. The company said that the office space in Bootle will be designed with an emphasis on encouraging collaboration amongst staff and promoting wellbeing.
Conor Osborne, director, said: “We are looking forward to working with Santander to build a campus and community asset the local area will be proud of. We will construct an office tailored exactly to the wants and needs of Santander – and its employees – setting a benchmark for large-scale developments in the UK.
“There is increasing appetite for our build-to-suit product around the world, cementing our position as the real estate partner of choice to global corporations, cities and landowners.”
Santander chair Shriti Vadera said: “I’m delighted that we are celebrating 50 years in Bootle with this long-term commitment to our people and the area. Bootle has been a significant part of Santander’s story and we see it as a crucial part of its future.”