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Bruntwood To Let A Further 5000 Sq Ft In Leeds City Centre

Bruntwood, the North of England property company, has let a further 5000 square feet in Leeds city centre with two new deals at 14 King Street. These recent lettings are to The Co-operative Bank Plc and Freedom Back Clinics, who are taking 2447 and 2642 sq ft respectively.

Bruntwood’s head of sales and development in Leeds, Craig Burrow, said: “We’re delighted to welcome both The Co-operative Bank and Freedom Back Clinics to 14 King Street. These deals highlight the fact the building continues to go from strength to strength and, since completing in January, we’re now 40% let. As such, we’re confident this success will continue.”

Both companies will join existing customers Charles Stanley Group Plc, Gatenby Sanderson and Venture Finance Plc at the building, leaving 22,000 sq ft of office space still available to let for which there is continued and strong interest.

About Bruntwood
Bruntwood is a privately owned commercial property company with over 30 years experience of providing great offices. Bruntwood owns over 90 office buildings in Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham. They provide office space, serviced offices, virtual offices, from one desk for one month, to entire office buildings for 25 years. Bruntwood also offers retail space and meeting rooms to hire within its buildings. The essential elements of the Bruntwood promise are to provide a wide choice of offices, commercial flexibility, world class customer service and long-term value for money.

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Bruntwood Announced That Recent Improvements To Its Website Have Proved A Success, As Office Space Enquiries See A Significant Boost Over The First Few Weeks Of Going Live

Bruntwood, commercial property company, has announced that recent improvements to its website have proved a success, as office space enquiries see a significant boost over the first few weeks of going live.

The changes to the site were completed following a desire by Bruntwood to improve their existing site in order to make it easier for customers to be able to search for office space, serviced offices, virtual offices and meeting rooms, as well as increasing the sites’ capability to showcase photos of the various office properties more prominently.

The redesign was undertaken by interactive design company magneticNorth (mN) and since its launch on the 30th of April Bruntwood has already seen increased office enquiries by 10% across the initial three weeks.

Simon Scott of Bruntwood said: “The new website is a one-stop shop all of our products. They are showcased in such a way that potential customers can quickly and easily locate an office that meets their exact requirements. With over 90 office buildings in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Birmingham and five different products, it was essential that each region and product had a representation on the site, as well as and easy to use search function.”

Lou Cordwell, managing director, Magnetic North, said: “Bruntwood had a desire to increase the conversion between visitors to the site and follow-up enquires. Our design team facilitated this by creating a simple search functionality which allows customers to easily browse the company’s varied range of office spaces. In addition, the enhanced focus on photography delivers real impact as it demonstrates the variation of premium office space they have within their portfolio.”

About Bruntwood 
Bruntwood is a privately owned commercial property company with over 30 years experience of providing great offices. Bruntwood owns over 90 office buildings in Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham. They provide office space, serviced offices, virtual offices, from one desk for one month, to entire office buildings for 25 years. Bruntwood also offers retail space and meeting rooms to hire within its buildings. The essential elements of the Bruntwood promise are to provide a wide choice of offices, commercial flexibility, world class customer service and long-term value for money.

Each year Bruntwood donates over 10% of its annual profits to arts, civic and charitable causes and takes every opportunity to involve its customers.

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Bruntwood Has Announced The Completion Of Its £2m Development Of 1 Dale Street Offices, A Grade II Listed Office Building In The Heart Of Liverpool’s Traditional Commercial Quarter

Bruntwood, commercial office space provider, has announced the completion of its £2m development of 1 Dale Street offices, a grade II listed office building in the heart of Liverpool’s traditional commercial quarter.

1 Dale Street offices

The newly developed building has been carefully designed to offer a variety of high specification and cost effective Liverpool office space solutions from 950 to 23,750 sq ft, which would suit companies looking for office space right in the city centre for between 9 and 250 people.

The redeveloped Liverpool offices at 1 Dale Street combine contemporary finishes whilst maintaining the building’s original features, including sash windows, vaulted ceilings and iron columns. A new reception and entrance has now been added which opens out directly onto views of the Nelson monument in Exchange Flags, meaning office customers at the building are connected to one of Liverpool’s busiest commercial areas.

The central location means the offices are conveniently located only 15 minutes drive away from the M53 and 20 minutes from Liverpool John Lennon Airport. The location also offers easy access to the rail networks, with Moorfields and Liverpool Central stations both nearby.

Mark Worthington from CBRE, a retained agent at the building said: “1 Dale Street is a prime example of how the heritage of Liverpool’s buildings can be preserved whilst still bringing them up to a high quality standard of office space. 1 Dale Street provides some of the most individual office space in the city centre and because of this, we’ve already had some strong interest in the offices at the building.”

1 Dale St is Bruntwood’s 11th building in Liverpool and takes its portfolio to 870,000 sq ft. Bruntwood sales surveyor, Colin Forshaw said: “Completing the offices at 1 Dale Street means that not only are we bringing a unique office product to Liverpool, but we can also provide our customers with more flexibility to move throughout our portfolio if their business needs change. Last year we helped over 50 customers cost efficiently up or downsize their office space in Liverpool, within the terms of their lease.”

About Bruntwood
Bruntwood commerical property company owns over 90 office buildings in Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester offices Bruntwood provides offices and serviced offices from one desk for one month, to entire office buildings for 25 years. Bruntwood also has retail and commercial space within its buildings and meeting rooms to hire.

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Bruntwood Confirms That It Is Progressing Well With Its £7m Redevelopment Of The McLaren Office Building In Birmingham’s City Centre

Bruntwood, commercial property company, has announced that it is progressing well with its £7m redevelopment of the McLaren office building in Birmingham’s city centre, and confirmed the scheduled October completion date.

McLaren office building in Birmingham's city centre

Since purchasing the 115,000 sq ft Birmingham office property in April 2008, Bruntwood has successfully refurbished seven office floors and delivered a brand new reception area.

Bruntwood sales surveyor Rob Valentine commented, “We’re delighted with progress so far and our customers are pleased with the improvements we’ve made with the office space in Birmingham. The new reception is a complete transformation. It’s light, bright and spacious and by the end of May we will have installed the new bridge link that will connect McLaren’s entrance with Priory Queensway. This is an important milestone for us and makes access to the office building much more user friendly.”

Having delivered the new reception and a selection of refurbished floors, Bruntwood’s work at the office building in Birmingham city centre is now focused on improving its external appearance. The works, scheduled to be complete by October, will include the installation of brand new spandrel panels, window film and signage, as well as complete gable cleaning, which will give the office building the look of a new build property.

This work has contributed to the offices at McLaren being occupied by customers including Birmingham City Council, Scott Wilson and American Express. The remaining office space is available to let f r o m  300 to 60,000 sq ft, which is large enough to accommodate companies wishing to house f r o m 3 to over 600 staff.

Rob Valentine said, “With experience of very similar office schemes in Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds, we’re confident our work will mean McLaren will continue to prove very popular. Not only this, our competitive rents and flexible leases will mean that occupiers looking to relocate in Birmingham will have access to exceptionally high specification, yet cost-effective office space. Because a lease is with Bruntwood and not the building, it also gives customers the ability to up and downsize throughout our 90 building office portfolio, as and when their business needs change, without penalty.”

Bruntwood are now in talks with a variety of parties regarding the remaining office space at the building, with two companies showing significant interest in two of the 5,500 sq ft floors.

About Bruntwood
Bruntwood owns over 90 office buildings in Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester offices. Bruntwood provides offices and serviced offices f r o m one desk for one month, to entire office buildings for 25 years. Bruntwood also has retail and commercial property space within its buildings and meeting rooms to hire.

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Bruntwood’s Leeds Office Development Proves Popular

Bruntwood, North of England commercial property firm, has announced the letting of an 8,300 sq ft office at 14 King Street, in Leeds’ city centre. Having recently benefited from an extensive £2.3m refurbishment, Bruntwood’s 37,000 sq ft, grade A, office space development will become home to Gatenby Sanderson and Charles Stanley & Co, who are taking 6,500 and 1,800 sq ft respectively.

Bruntwood’s head of sales and development for the offices in Leeds, Craig Burrow, said, “These deals are a great start for us at 14 King Street and we’re delighted to welcome these companies to the Bruntwood portfolio. The building’s already proving popular and with high specification, air conditioned and open plan office space for up to 6,700 sq ft available on flexible and competitive terms, we’re expecting the interest to remain strong. The flexibility of the building also allows us to create offices in Leeds from as little as 355 sq ft, meaning we can provide cost effective office space for businesses looking to accommodate anywhere from three to over 300 people.”

Both Gatenby Sanderson and Charles Stanley & Co’s leases will be with Bruntwood and not the building itself, meaning they both have the opportunity to up and down size throughout Bruntwood’s 90 building office portfolio, as their business requirements change. This ability to expand and contract customers is a key part of Bruntwood’s service oriented approach and something 50 Bruntwood customers have taken advantage of in the past 12 months.

Craig Burrow, said, “Every Bruntwood customer benefits from lease flexibility that’s difficult to find elsewhere. When you combine this with the quality of accommodation and levels of customer service on offer, 14 King Street provides exceptional value for money for those businesses wishing to locate their offices in Leeds’ traditional commercial core.”

14 King Street is Bruntwood’s fourth office in Leeds’ city centre which takes the Leeds offices portfolio to 275,000 sq ft. The other 3 buildings are 99% let, with the exception of the serviced office space and meeting room facilities, all of which are available to hire on an on-going basis at its Westone development on Wellington Street.

About Bruntwood
Bruntwood owns over 90 office buildings in Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester offices. Bruntwood provides offices and serviced offices from one desk for one month, to entire office buildings for 25 years. Bruntwood also has retail and commercial space within its buildings and meeting rooms to hire.

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Bruntwood Completes Office Space Development At St Hughs In Bootle

Bruntwood, commercial property firm, has announced the completion of the development of St Hugh’s, the company’s first office development in Bootle, Liverpool. The building has undergone an extensive £3.6m transformation both externally and internally, which includes a new reception and some of the 

highest quality office space in Liverpool. The development at St Hugh’s is a 48,000 sq ft, six storey building located on Stanley Road in Bootle town centre.

Colin Forshaw, Bruntwood’s head of sales in Liverpool said, “The quality of the offices at St Hugh’s rivals many city centre alternatives but also offers greater value for money. The building has been designed to cater for businesses with between 1 and 500 people, so will accommodate a wide variety of office space requirements.”

Bruntwood currently has over 1,000 customers and holds a long term promise to respond to any changes in their property needs. The addition of St Hugh’s presents Bruntwood customers with a greater choice should they wish to up or downsize their requirements for office space in Liverpool at any time in the future.

Colin said, “We are committed to investing in Liverpool as a whole, and not just the city centre, so we have no reservations about investing a total of £4.25m in Bootle.”

Bruntwood sales director, Andrew Butterworth, commented, “Completing St Hugh’s means we can offer our Liverpool customers a greater variety in product and price along with greater flexibility to move around our portfolio as they require. Last year we helped 50 customers to expand and contract seamlessly and cost efficiently within the terms of their lease, showing the dedication we have for our customers’ business prosperity.”

All of Bruntwood’s office buildings have the added benefit of an on-site customer service team, who deliver a level of service more typically associated with a 5 star hotel. Bruntwood believes that the close relationships that its service teams have with the customers is one of the main reasons Bruntwood’s customer retention rate is 3 times higher than the national average.

About Bruntwood 
Bruntwood owns over 90 office buildings in Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester offices. Bruntwood provides offices and serviced offices from one desk for one month, to entire office buildings for 25 years. Bruntwood also has retail and commercial property space within its buildings and meeting rooms to hire.

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Bruntwood, commercial property firm, has announced the completion of its £2m total refurbishment of 1 Dale Street in Liverpool’s city centre

Bruntwood, commercial property firm, has announced the completion of its £2m total refurbishment of 1 Dale Street in Liverpool’s city centre. In doing so, it brings 24,000 sq ft of high specification office space to market, in suites from 970 sq ft. The 50,000 sq ft office building provides small to medium sized businesses with access to high quality offices at very competitive rental levels.

Colin Forshaw, Bruntwood’s head of sales in Liverpool said, “Already, we’re experiencing high levels of demand at 1 Dale Street, with enquires coming from customers looking for high quality, open plan, office suites in a variety of sizes. We’re also finding that there is continued demand for contemporary, flexible, office space in historic buildings with character. With the building complete and existing customers such as The Royal Bank of Scotland and The Alan Johnston Partnership already in occupation, it’s hoped 1 Dale Street will soon be home to a diverse range of office occupiers wishing to capitalise on the great office space and central location the building’s able to offer.”

The newly refurbished Liverpool offices provides additional commercial property choice for SMEs and complements the existing 9 office buildings already owned by Bruntwood across Liverpool’s city centre. These properties enable the Bruntwood portfolio to be able to offer office space which can satisfy most business requirements with 104,736 sq ft available, in sizes from 190 to 46,000 sq ft, in a variety of architectural styles, from the ultra modern, to the very traditional.

Colin Forshaw said, “The choice of offices in Liverpool we’re able to offer SMEs is huge and varied. Much of our space is designed in such a way that small businesses can start work straight away. Not only this, the flexibility we offer with our leases, which are with us, not the building, means our customers are able to expand and contract throughout our Liverpool serviced offices and larger office portfolio. This customer focussed approach is engrained throughout our portfolio and the way we do things, something that is unique within the commercial property sector.”

About Bruntwood
Bruntwood owns over 90 office buildings in Liverpool, Leeds,Manchester offices and Birmingham. The company provides offices and serviced offices from one desk for one month, to entire office buildings for 25 years. Bruntwood also has retail and commercial space within its buildings and meeting rooms to hire.

 

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Bruntwood Attracts Major Customers To Newly Refurbished Office Property

Bruntwood, commercial property company, has announced that it has attracted three new office customers to 61 Oxford Street, one of its recently developed office properties in Manchester city centre. PHD North has taken 3,000 sq ft, with economists Roger Tym & Partners, and Seven Architects, taking 2,500 sq ft and 1,000 sq ft respectively.

Bruntwood sales director, Andrew Butterworth, said, “These deals come only 3 months after our refurbishment and re-branding of the Manchester office building, which we’ve owned for over 10 years. We’ve purposely developed the building so it can accommodate a diverse range of office customers in suites, from 450 to 4,500 sq ft. In doing so, we’re giving small to medium sized businesses access to some of the highest quality office space in the city centre at a highly competitive price, all delivered with a level of service that’s difficult to find outside our commercial property portfolio.”

The former cotton mill, built in 1850, has undergone a complete refurbishment to provide high specification office space in a period environment, over five floors. As well as the open plan offices, the building also includes a brand new reception area, exposed beams, columns and brickwork, as well as fully restored sash windows and wrought iron staircase.

Andrew Timms, partner at the building’s agents Edwards & Co. said, “Since its refurbishment, 61 Oxford Street has received much interest from media, marketing and professional firms, resulting in these three new office occupiers. Above and beyond the quality of the office space, this is down to Bruntwood’s customer service, their ability to offer small suites and the commercial flexibility in terms of space and cost; their scale means they can offer all of this without compromising on the quality finishes and character features. We continue to talk to interested parties regarding the remaining office space at the building.”

The recent deals at 61 Oxford Street are testament to the fact Bruntwood continues to successfully let office space to a range of new customers across its portfolio.

Andrew Butterworth said, “This year we aim to let over 250,000 sq ft of offices in Manchester, and we remain optimistic we will achieve this target. One reason our lettings performance remains positive is our financial security which customers are attracted to this because they can be confident we will continue to maintain and manage their office property and deliver the quality of office product and service they expect.”

About Bruntwood
Bruntwood owns over 90 offices in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Birmingham, providing offices and serviced offices including a range of city central
Manchester serviced offices. Offices are available from one desk for one month, to entire office buildings for 25 years. Bruntwood also has retail and commercial space within its buildings and meeting rooms to hire.

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Bruntwood Reports Manchester City Lets Thriving Despite Credit Crunch

Bruntwood has reported that its Manchester City Centre lets portfolio is still thriving despite the credit crunch.

Bruntwood currently own 12 properties in Piccadilly, totaling 1.2m sq ft. After letting 83,000 sq ft within this portfolio during the last 12 months, only 3.3% currently remains available to occupy. In this time, Bruntwood has attracted 13 new customers to the area, including: The College of Law at 2 New York Street (22,457 sq ft) and The Consulate of Poland at 111 Piccadilly (10,760 sq ft).

Bruntwood sales director, Andrew Butterworth said, “Out of the space we’ve let this year in Piccadilly, 33,000 sq ft are pre-lets at The Exchange and 1 New York Street to new customers Turning Point, The Development Planning Partnership and Faber Maunsell. These clearly highlight occupier confidence in the area, as well as our ability to deliver high quality product. Not only this, investment in Piccadilly from the council and likeminded developers such as Bruntwood, has helped promote its perception as a major business destination and these latest deals prove Offices in Manchester are very much in demand.”

However, it isn’t just recently that Bruntwood has seen lettings thrive,Andrew Butterworth said; “During the past 2 years we’ve attracted occupiers such as Network Rail and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to the area, in deals totaling 155,000 sq ft. We fully let 1 Portland Street within 6 months of it completion and now all of the space at The Exchange, bar 1,000 sq ft, is either let or in solicitors’ hands, only 4 months after practical completion. Going forward, interest at 1 New York Street remains strong and we’re confident the appeal of Piccadilly as an office location will continue.”

All of these deals highlight Bruntwood‘s long-term confidence in Piccadilly, something emphasised by their original purchase of 111 Piccadilly in the nineties and most significantly Piccadilly Plaza in 2003. Now re-branded City Tower, the property company has invested £87m redeveloping the site, as well as letting 151,000 sq ft of office and retail space since its acquisition.

Bruntwood development director Peter Crowther said, “We’ve invested £53m in our Piccadilly portfolio in the last 12 months and this confidence in the market is further demonstrated by our construction of 1 New York Street; a 109,000 sq ft, grade A office scheme, which is on site and scheduled for completion in Autumn 2009. As well as this property spend, our public realm work in places such as New York Street, where we invested £1.3m, has helped further define Piccadilly as a key office location within the city.”

About Bruntwood
Bruntwood owns over 90 office buildings in Liverpool, Leeds and Birmingham, as well as providing offices and serviced offices in Manchester from one desk for one month, to entire buildings for 25 years. Bruntwood also has Manchester conference rooms, retail and commercial space within its buildings and meeting rooms in Manchester to hire.

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