Softcat Limited are to occupy 16,450 sq ft at Ardwick office development, Universal Square.
The IT consultancy has taken a five year lease on the Grade A accommodation and will take up the entire third floor of Building five at the office campus. The business, which has grown from a team of five in 2008 to a staff of 160, previously occupied an 11,613 sq ft unit on the fourth floor.
Bill Kenny, Softcat’s Legal and Admin Director said “We have been based at Universal Square since 2008 and we have undergone significant growth during our time at the scheme. The high quality accommodation has been refurbished in a contemporary style whilst still retaining lots of character. The facilities such as on-site parking, as well as the proximity to the city centre are also very appealing to us. As a business it is important to us that our staff are happy and the feedback we receive about Universal Square’s location and facilities available, including the restaurant and gym, has been great”.
Universal Square is home to over 50 businesses employing over 1,000 employees and other tenants include occupational health provider Express Medicals Ltd, PR agency Mason Williams, and clothing retailer Aspecto.
Chris Mulcahy, office agency director at JLL, said: “The deal highlights the success of Universal Square and the flexibility that it can offer tenants. The development’s location, amenities and well maintained accommodation has helped it attain a high occupier retention rate. Given the growing demand in and around the city centre we’re confident that the development’s blend of on-site amenities and its location at the fringe of the Manchester’s core will continue to prove popular with new occupiers and current tenants.”
Canning O’Neill are joint agents on the scheme alongside JLL.