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Council takes 20,000 sq ft at Manchester’s Bridgewater House

Manchester City Council has taken 20,000 sq ft of office space at Bridgewater House on Whitworth Street.

The Grade II-listed property has recently undergone a £1 million refurbishment which saw the creation of a new business lounge, coffee shop and meeting areas.

Real estate asset and investment manager APAM completed the deal with the council on behalf of its client, Britannia Invest.

The local authority has taken a new five-year lease for the fifth floor of Bridgewater House, which was built in 1912.

Peter Owen, asset manager at APAM, says: “It is fantastic to have secured a letting of this scale, to one of Manchester’s major occupiers.

“Bridgewater House offers prime office space in the city centre and the recent refurbishment works have completely transformed the building’s offer.

“With the new reception and amenities almost complete and this part of Manchester proving attractive, occupier interest in the remaining space is strong.”

Richard Lowe, office agency director at Savills which represented APAM in the deal, adds: “We are pleased that Manchester City Council has chosen to locate a significant part of its operations within Bridgewater House.

“This is an appealing property thanks to its combination of contemporary business space, original features and very well-connected location. The major reception refurbishment and additional amenities have further strengthened its offer.”