Two new lettings have been secured at the historic Ship Canal House in Manchester city centre, totalling 5,531 sq ft.
Vardags, divorce and family law solicitors, have taken additional space within the building increasing their occupancy at Ship Canal House to over 5,000 sq ft.
Planning consultants Lichfields have taken 2,895 sq ft on the sixth floor. This leaves only one suite of 3,300 sq ft available within the iconic building on King Street.
The Ardstone Regional Office Fund, a programmatic venture funded by clients of CBRE Global Investment Partners (CBRE GIP), has recently carried out a comprehensive refurbishment of the reception space at Ship Canal House. Vardags and Lichfields now join an impressive array of occupiers including CLB Coopers, Gateley PLC and Liverpool Victoria.
Rhys Evans, a member of the offices team at GVA’s Manchester office, who acted on behalf of the landlord on both transactions, said: “The location and the quality of the space at Ship Canal House is excellent.
“It is these qualities combined with the grandeur of the building itself that have attracted companies of the standing of Vardags and Lichfields. The landlord has really committed to the building through the refurbishment work they have undertaken and this has clearly paid off.”
Mike Watts, Head of Lichfields Manchester Office and Senior Director, said: “The Lichfields Manchester office opened with four staff in 2002 and we have grown our client base and profile over the last 15 years.
“Our new home will help deliver a higher-quality environment for staff and will allow for an expansion in the number being employed. It is part of Lichfields long term commitment to Manchester and the North West.”
CBRE are joint letting agents and Cushman & Wakefield advised Lichfields.