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Liverpool report
03-04-2014

A recent report by property consultant Knight Frank revealed an 82% surge in office take-up in Liverpool during 2013 compared to the same period in 2012. Metropolis figures suggest around 60 firms have found office space in Liverpool this year including the 34,000 sq ft let at Albert Dock by law firm Hampton Hughes and 30,000 sq ft by the local NHS trust. There are around 20 medium to large firms which have a current requirement for offices in the city and overall named requirements total over 250,000 sq ft. Potential movers include BT which has just announced a 20% increase in staffing at its Lancaster House call centre and a clutch of companies approaching 2014 lease expiries. Office projects by Capital & Centric, Merepark and Peel Group promise a new wave of grade A space from mid-2014 onwards, but local agents think more space is required to satisfy all searches, which is likely to increase the number of refurbishments.

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City Tower on the market
15-02-2011

Agents Matthews & Goodman have received instructions to sell the leasehold for City Tower, 48 Old Hall Street, Liverpool, L3. The building has been vacant for years and has 7,246 sq m (78,000 sq ft) of available space. Part of one floor was refurbished to provide a show suite but the rest of space is untouched.

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Scheme close to completion
09-12-2008

UK Land & Property is nearing completion of Walker House which is undergoing a £15m refurbishment to transform the former vacant building into office accommodation with floorplates ranging from 9,332 sq ft to 26,700 sq ft. This is the final phase of the regeneration of Exchange Flags, bringing 450,000 sq ft of space to the market. UK Land & Property is nearing completion of the remaining 140,000 sq ft, which will be ready for occupation by January 2009.

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St Paul's Square final phase
12-11-2007

English Cities Fund's 10,126 sq m (109,000 sq ft) office building in Phase 3 of St Paul's Square, has been granted planning permission. The scheme when completed will provide a total of around 34,373 sq m (370,000 sq ft) of offices. Construction of Phase 3 is expected to start in May 2008 for completion in late 2009.

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Unity nearly complete
05-06-2006

The £60m twin tower Unity office and residential development in Chapel Street is due to complete by August 2006. The 16-storey tower has been developed by Rumford Investments, part of Capitol & Provident, and provides about 13,935 sq m (150,000 sq ft) of office space. The letting agents are Hitchcock Wright & Partners.

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Mann Island plans unveiled
02-06-2006

Neptune Developments and Countryside Properties has unveiled plans for the Mann Island site in Liverpool. The £112m scheme is based around three buildings including 10,126 sq m (109,000 sq ft) of office space, 373 flats and 6,967 sq m (75,000 sq ft) of retail and leisure space.

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ECF acquires site
02-06-2006

The Hilstep owned NCP site has been acquired by English Cities Fund and is to become part of the St Pauls Square development in Old Hall Street. In July 2005 a development brief was issued and a shortlist of developers was drawn up in October 2005. ECF was thought to be competing for the site against Ask Developments and CTP with Development Securities. The 1.8ha (4.3-acre) site is on a long lease to NCP as a car park and may be capable of accommodating around 27,870 sq m (300,000 sq ft) of commercial space. DTZ advised Hilstep.

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First Grace refurbishment
02-06-2006

The Port of Liverpool Building at Pierhead, the first of the Three Graces to be built, is to be refurbished by Downing Developments. The landmark Grade 2 building is to have major internal and external works to restore it to its original glory. The proposals have been designed by award winning conservation architects Donald Insall Associates, also responsible for the restoration of Liverpool Town Hall and Windsor Castle. It is thought that the restoration will be complete in time for 2007, which is the 800th anniversary of Liverpool’s founding charter, and the 100th birthday of the Port of Liverpool Building.

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'Sandcastle' refurbishment
02-06-2006

Downing Developments is planning a refurbishment of about 9,290 sq m (100,000 sq ft) at New Hall Place. The 35,300 sq m (390,000 sq ft) New Hall Place building on Old Hall Street, sometimes known as the 'Sandcastle', which was sold by Royal & Sun Alliance in early 2006 for about £36m to Downing Developments. Royal & Sun Alliance has leased back two-thirds of the building leaving the remainder to be refurbished. The building is being re-launched as the Capital Building on 6th June.

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Liverpool Vision submits plans
15-08-2005

Liverpool Vision, the urban regeneration company, has submitted an outline planning application for the Pall Mall area of Liverpool that envisages future development of over 90,000 sq m (968,760 sq ft) of offices as well as retail space and residential apartments. A masterplan has been prepared by Urban Initiatives and a planning application was submitted in last week to Liverpool City Council. The proposals cover the former Pall Mall goodsyard site and includes the 1.8ha (4.3-acre) site owned by Bishopsgate.

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Pall Mall development planned
02-08-2005

Bishopsgate, the investor, is planning one of the largest developments in the UK on the 6ha (15-acre) site of the former Pall Mall railway station lands. The site is currently in use as an NCP car park. The site could accommodate over 92,902 sq m (1m sq ft) of offices as well as residential apartments. A development brief has been issued seeking a development partner for a 1.8ha (4.3-acre) site owned by Bishopsgate and held on a long lease by NCP.

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Lime Street plans submitted
26-05-2005

English Partnerships and its development partner Illiad have submitted a detailed planning application for the first phase of their £75m redevelopment of the area surrounding Liverpool’s Lime Street station. English Partnerships acquired Concourse House in August 2004 and plans to demolish it to make way for the new development. Phase 1 will comprise a new 28-storey tower with public uses, retail space on the lower floors and the upper floors providing residential apartments and office space. Construction work is expected to start in early 2006 for completion in late 2007.

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Unity to complete in mid 2006
13-05-2005

Rumford Investments is expecting to complete its 14,400 sq m (155,000 sq ft) office scheme at Unity Street in Liverpool's central business district by mid-2006. The developer is reported be about to set the asking rent at £20 psf, a new record for the city. The architect is Alford Hall Monaghan Morris. DTZ and Hitchcock Wright are the letting agents.

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Liverpool tower application
13-05-2005

English Partnerships has submitted an application for the redevelopment of the Gateway site adjacent to Liverpool's Lime Street station. The scheme envisages a a new landmark building close to the site of the existing Concourse House tower. This will be an elliptical structure with the building's lower floors including cafe/bar/restaurant use and upper floors comprising residential accommodation and some grade A office space. The scheme is currently expected to start on site in early 2006 and be completed by the end of 2007.

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Beetham gets go-a-head in Liverpool.
18-04-2005

The Beetham Organisation has obtained planning consent for its 40-storey mixed use residential and office block at the junction of Brook Street and King Edward Street in Liverpool. The tower will have five floors of office space with a further 35 floors of apartments. Carillion have been tipped as main contractor. The architect is Edmund Kirby.

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