Sopra Steria takes 10,000 sq ft in Exchange Quay

| Helen Hallsworth

The French consulting and IT services company has signed a ten-year lease for the top floor of Building 8 at the Salford office development.

Sopra Steria will be using Building 8 as its northern headquarters when it moves into the space in 2022. The Salford office will bring together staff from three of the company’s former regional offices.

Quoting rent in the 435,000 sq ft Exchange Quay development is £21 psf plus parking. Building 8 recently underwent a series of £3m upgrades, including getting a new reception. The funds for the improvements come from Till Asset Management.

Sopra Steria will be joining RW Invest and Debt Support Services within Building 8.

“We have recently enjoyed multiple lettings within Building 8 and we feel this is reflective of the Exchange Quay’s overall attraction,” said Till Asset Management director Liam MacCarthy.

“Post-pandemic, we are seeing more companies placing greater emphasis on employee wellbeing, and this scheme has it all when it comes to location, flexibility of office space and the wide range of transport options available,” MacCarthy continued. “We have welcomed many high-profile organisations to our tenant mix this year and look forward to Sopra Steria becoming operational later in the new year.”

Exchange Quay consists of seven buildings offering grade A office accommodation.

Sopra Steria operations director Andy Hepworth called Exchange Quay “just the right environment and location for our new North West Hub”.

“It will provide our colleagues and visitors with the means to work more effectively, in a bright new space that fosters the more hybrid and collaborative culture that we are introducing,” he continued.

Canning O’Neill and Colliers acted on behalf of Exchange Quay, while Vail Williams represented Sopra Steria on the deal.

“We are delighted to welcome Sopra Steria to Exchange Quay and feel that this latest letting is testament to the environment the team has worked so hard to create, where employee wellbeing and occupier experience are of utmost importance,” said Canning O’Neill’s James Dickinson.