Six new leases have been signed at Manchester International Office Centre, MIOC, with all taking residence before the end of 2021 with one logistics giant moving its head office to Manchester.
The commercial complex near Manchester Airport has undergone £400,000 in refurbishment investment in recent months with the new tenants finding its location, new ‘hotel’ feel and outside amenity key reasons for relocating. Many logistics businesses choose MIOC due to its exceptional transport links with major motorways, trainlines and Manchester Airport.
WTA Group, the global logistics business, has chosen to relocate its head office from London to Manchester – increasing its office space to over 3,500 sq ft.
Thomas Kuehn, managing director at WTA Group, commented: “We’ve been planning a consolidation of our team for some time, in line with business need, and we selected Manchester International Office Centre as our new head office. We’ve actually closed a unit in Felixstowe and taken several functions out of our London office to create this new hub in Manchester. This has suited our business very well and means we can focus and grow here. The building is unique, within easy reach of the airport but also supports us in reaching our target of C0² neutral by 2025 for several reasons, clearly reducing our office footprint goes a long way, but the building has many electric vehicle charging points that is an additional important amenity for us.”
New tenants, recruiter Matt Burton Associates, logistics firm Toll Global Forwarding, Specialist Recruitment Services, Estate Planning Solutions and Ecus Environmental Services are all on site and have taken over 6,000 sq ft of accommodation in MIOC.
Liam MacCarthy, director at MIOC investment manager Till AM, said: “This last quarter at MIOC we’ve seen a steady flow of enquiries and increase in viewings – especially from global logistics firms. There’s been a lot going on, with the refurbishment and planning approval of a new 24,000 sq ft build pavilion on site – but welcoming these new tenants, with others currently discussing new leases with us, makes me feel increasing positive about the office market in 2022.”
Situated at a prominent position at the junction of Styal Road on the A555 with easy connections to Manchester Airport, the M56, Metrolink and Heald Green train station. The building was designed by Cruickshank and Seaward in 1953 but has undergone a substantial refurbishment programme over recent years and has an abundance of outside space and parking that tenants find indispensable.