It has been confirmed that residential property company JLL is the first occupier to sign up to claim their space at the Landmark development. Landmark is located near St. Peter’s Square in the heart of Manchester’s business district and offers around 180,000 sq ft of high quality office space over 14 floors. The space is designed around visions of efficiency by world-renowned British architecture firm Squire and Partners and aims to create a ‘timeless design that appeals to the modern worker’. The building has been rated as BREEAM Excellent and Wired Score Platinum and will provide the next generation of workspace with advances in design such as an offset core to enable large and efficient floorplates as well as maximum flexibility for the occupiers. The development received huge amounts of support from Manchester City Council and will act as the concluding project in this particular part of the business district which has undergone extensive transformation over the last few years.
JLL describe themselves as ‘a world leader in real estate services’ so it is only fitting that they have decided to relocate to such an impressive building. The property company will be taking over an entire floor, moving 170 of their staff to the 10th floor which amounts to 13,900 sq ft. They will be relocating from their current position in One Piccadilly Gardens towards the end of the year when the Landmark project is completed and the company has signed a 15-year lease showing their dedication to the new building and to the city of Manchester in general. This is a positive sign for the property industry in Manchester and property jobs in Manchester as JLL has made a commitment with its North West division, forming roots and continuing to expand for the next quarter of a century in the heart of Manchester’s city centre.
Lead Director of the North West division of JLL, Stephen Hogg, states that ‘we set our objective to relocate to best in class offices to provide our valued Manchester team and our clients with a dynamic, inspiring workplace.’ He went on to say that when it comes to Landmark, JLL ‘recognise the building’s commercial benefits’ with its ‘first class design credentials and digital and physical connectivity.’ He highlighted how ‘Landmark offers outstanding environmental characteristics that resonate with our corporate sustainability ambitions’ and that JLL Manchester is ‘excited’ to be moving into what they consider to be ‘one of the most prestigious addresses in the city centre’ as well as ‘joining the St Peter’s Square business community.’
Landmark is being developed by Barings with Bowmer + Kirkland acting as the main contractor. The managing director of Barings, Ian Mayhew, states that ‘we have worked incredibly hard to design and deliver much needed offices in Manchester’s premier business district that appeal to forward-thinking organisations like JLL.’ He continued by stating that ‘to secure such a high-profile global occupier as our first pre-letting at Landmark is an excellent result’ and that ‘interest for the remaining space in Landmark is strong’.
Stephen Hogg has said that ‘thinking about technology, wellbeing and diversity moving forward is going to be really important’ and it appears that Landmark will be able to offer its new occupiers all this and more. The new office space is planned to be JLL’s first Well certified office in its entire international portfolio and it will be exciting to see how JLL continue to thrive and contribute to Manchester’s property scene and the rest of the North West from their brand new workspace.
Written by Rachael Gray.
Rachael Gray is a Director at Clifton Gray specialist property recruitment company. Follow Rachael on linkedin or email email@example.com to discuss current Liverpool and Manchester property jobs, or to find out how Clifton Gray can secure the best talent for your property business.