A spate of NHS office relocations is helping prop up the Liverpool office market, with three live requirements being progressed and more expected.
The North Mersey Health Informatics Service, part of Sefton Primary Care Trust, is seeking 10,000 sq ft in either city centre or our of town locations. Sefton PCT is handling the search directly.
Knight Frank is retained by the Health Protection Agency to find an office of up to 9,000 sq ft for occupation by the end of the year.
A third, as yet unnamed, NHS agency, is also eyeing Liverpool for a similar size office.
In August, Liverpool Primary Care Trust took 4,555 sq ft at the Tea Factory, one of Urban Splash's buildings in Ropewalks, Liverpool city centre.
Further PCT searches are expected to arise in the coming months. With Liverpool's take-up in the first half of 2008 only 160,000 sq ft, compared to a five-year average of over 200,000 sq ft, the market will welcome this public sector fuelled demand.