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ODEON to relocate office after more than 20 years at Manchester’s Lee House

Cinema operator ODEON will relocate its Manchester-based team to a new office after spending more than 20 years at Lee House.

The firm has agreed to occupy a new Grade A space in the city as it continues to upgrade its cinemas across Europe.

The chain will move to the whole third floor of the 170,000 sq ft No.8 First Street, having signed up for a 26,285 sq ft space.

Moving from its current two-floor base at Lee House, 90 Great Bridgewater Street, the firm will join fellow tenants including Gazprom and WSP at the building, which is due to be completed in the next month.

Natural gas supplier Gazprom is already said to be in occupation on the fifth and sixth floors, and engineering professional services firm WSP is currently fitting out the first and second floors to move 850 staff into the site. The fit-out is due to be completed in October.

Ken Taylor, group property director at ODEON, says: “As we upgrade our cinemas across Europe to give our guests the best experience, our colleagues also need a truly modern and comfortable working environment.

“The generous floor plate at No.8 First Street will allow us to create collaborative space and facilities that support ODEON’s identity and values.”

OBI and DWF represented ODEON in the deal.

GVA, Savills and Metis are joint agents on No.8 First Street on behalf of GMPF and PATRIZIA with Ask Real Estate acting as development manager.