Two in at Peel’s Digital World Centre

Peel Digital has agreed 12,500 sq ft of office lettings with two new tenants at the Digital World Centre at MediaCityUK, Salford.

Manchester property agent Canning O’Neill acted on behalf of Peel to let 8,500 sq ft to financial services firm CWM on a 10-year lease.

Construction recruitment firm Building Careers UK, which has offices in Lancashire and Liverpool, has taken part of the first floor measuring 3,000 sq ft on a five-year lease, to support the company’s expansion.

The Digital World Centre is a mixed-use building located next to the Lowry Outlet at MediaCityUK. The building provides 72,406 sq ft of offices as well as on-site car parking.

Peel acquired the centre for an undisclosed sum last September from Charterhouse Property Group and The Lowry Development Company. Long-term tenants include Telegraph Media Group, Regus, Eagle Eye Solutions and Fast Web Media.

James Dickinson, director at Canning O’Neill, said: “Canning O’Neill has been involved with the Digital World Centre since it was built 12 years ago and it’s extremely encouraging to see the impact the so-called ‘BBC effect’ has had in terms of improving general demand for office space in the MediaCityUK area.

“These deals demonstrate the strengthening occupational market at MediaCityUK with a number of high-profile occupiers committing to the Salford Quays area over recent months. As rental levels push upwards in other areas notably the city centre and south Manchester, MediaCityUK is again looking very attractive in terms of its overall ‘offer’ in terms of value for money, amenities, public transport and car parking.”

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Peel must continue to push ahead with Liverpool Waters too as there is a lot of latent potential here. Liverpool Combined Authority and Merseytravel should seriously consider a long-term plan to plug Liverpool Waters into the Liverpool underground system via the disused Waterloo tunnel in order to enable the area to properly compete with Salford.

By Paul Blackburn