The Chancery Spring Gardens
The deal leaves 6,800 sq ft still available to let

Spanish Consulate takes space in The Chancery

Sarah Townsend

Listed investment firm Topland Group has let 11,000 sq ft at the office building on Manchester’s Spring Gardens on a 25-year lease to the consulate, which will relocate from its temporary home on Deansgate.

Under the deal, the Spanish Consulate will take over the ground and first floors of the recently refurbished 50,000 sq ft building, which Topland bought for around £20m from fund manager Patrizia last August.

The letting follows a letting to insolvency practitioner Duff & Phelps, which has agreed a 10-year lease on the fourth floor at The Chancery in Manchester city centre.

The two lettings leave 6,800 sq ft available on the second floor of the building.

Knight Frank, which brokered the deal, is the joint letting agent for The Chancery with Savills. Knight Frank’s project and building consultancy team is also overseeing a tenant fit-out for Topland that will include a self-contained consular entrance off Brown Street and already has planning approval.

Matt Shufflebottom, associate at Knight Frank, said: “The ground and first floor accommodation provide a perfect solution for the consulate and we are pleased to secure them as an occupier at the building. A combination of perseverance, client engagement and ability to deliver a bespoke fit-out helped secure the deal.

“Our project and building team is working closely with the landlord and incoming tenant on the detail and execution of the fit-out and refurbishment, which is scheduled to complete very soon.

Steve Pope, group director of property and asset management at Topland, added: “We are pleased to announce both these exciting transactions that were agreed before the Covid-19 outbreak but delivered during the lockdown.

“The Kingdom of Spain’s decision to open the new consulate in The Chancery is a major achievement not only for our prime building, but the city of Manchester too.

“To have achieved these lettings within our 1st year of ownership is very pleasing and we look forward to securing another prestigious letting on the remaining second floor.”

Colliers International acted for Duff & Phelps.


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I wonder how many of the Spanish consular officers live in Manchester?

By Liverpool romance

I had business in the old place,, was a bit scruffy. I remember a big print on the wall of the Spanish royal family. Hope it’s an upgrade. With a million Brits out there I imagine that they are very busy so bigger offices makes sense.

By Robert Fuller

Technically, as the consulate is part of Spain, am I required to self isolate for 7 days after visiting?

By Juan Leg

It`s not anything unique. Liverpool`s also got foreign consulates, including Swedish and Italian.

By Liverpool romance

Robert it’s the other way round – the Consulate is for Spaniards living/working in the UK, of which there are many in Manchester!

By Esp

Great deal, well done

By Observer

There`s a noticeable Spanish population in Liverpool. Would it not be better for them to relocate it here for their better being and a healthier air quality?

By Liverpool romantic