Puma pounces on expansion at Canada House

Canada House

Sportswear giant Puma is to increase its work space at Canada House on Chepstow Street in central Manchester.

The company, which originally moved into the building in 2007, will now occupy both fifth and sixth floors, totalling 15,100sq ft on a nine-year lease, following agreement with OBI Property.

Puma’s commitment to Canada House comes just a few weeks after work started on the £3m transformation of the building by owners LJ Partnership.

George Haddo, LJ Partnership said: “I am thrilled Puma will be taking over the whole of the fifth and sixth floors in Canada House. We’ve discussed the refurbishment project with them at length and they are as excited about it as we are.”

Simon Venediger, finance director, Puma said: “We’ve enjoyed being in Canada House for the past seven years and we’re delighted about the work LJ Partnership and OBI Property are doing to transform the building. Once we’d seen the plans, we knew we wanted to stay and take the opportunity to expand our space.”

Andrew Cowell, transactions and asset management, OBI Property said: “To have a leading global sports brand such as Puma reaffirm its commitment and expansion in Canada House is fantastic news. Puma provides an amazing working environment for both its staff and clients and they are a great occupier to have within the building.

While Puma occupies the fifth and sixth floors, Bannatyne’s gym and swimming pool operates from the basement and Historic England are amongst the existing tenants.

OBI Property is sole leasing agent on Canada House as well as providing project management for the transformation. Workspace are main contractors and Zerum provided planning advice.

The work at Canada House will complete in two phases, with a range of office suites to be completed by the end of the summer and the full project completed by the end of the year.

The building’s infrastructure is being upgraded while a new cycle park will be installed in the basement, with a café, meeting space and screening room added to the ground floor. The available office suites ranging from 250sq ft to 9,200sq ft on the first. second, third and fourth floors will be fully refurbished.