Deal completed for Spanish Consulate to relocate to new city centre site

The Chancery

Topland has confirmed that The Spanish Consulate in Manchester is relocating from its temporary home on Deansgate to dedicated new office space at The Chancery on Spring Gardens.

The move follows the recent announcement that Duff & Phelps has signed a new 10-year lease at the building.

The Spanish Consulate is taking 11,000 sq ft over the ground and first floor of the recently refurbished building on a 25-year lease deal brokered by Knight Frank.

The agency’s project and building consultancy team is also overseeing a tenant fit-out for Topland that will include a self-contained consular entrance off Brown Street, following a successful planning application.

Matt Shufflebottom, associate, Knight Frank, said: “The ground and first floor accommodation provide a perfect solution for the consulate and we are pleased to secure them as an occupier at the building.

“A combination of perseverance, client engagement and ability to deliver a bespoke tenant fit-out helped secure the deal.

“Our project and building team is working closely with the landlord and incoming tenant on the detail and execution of the fit-out and refurbishment which is scheduled to complete very soon.

“We are particularly pleased to announce the deal having recently secured Duff & Phelps’s future at the building leaving only 6,800 sq ft available on the second floor.”

Knight Frank building consultancy partner, Nick Platt, said: “Our workplace consultancy service has ensured the seamless transition of the fit-out for the landlord and consulate in a short space of time and to precise standards.

“With works nearing the final stages, we are very excited to see the finished product and the opening of the consulate.”

Steve Pope, group director of property and asset management from Topland, said: “We are really pleased to announce both these exciting transactions that were agreed before the COVID-19 outbreak, but delivered during the lockdown.

“We have worked closely with both these major occupiers to set up these new facilities and look forward to working with both going forward at The Chancery.

“The Kingdom of Spain’s decision to open the new consulate in The Chancery is a major achievement, not only for our prime building, but the city of Manchester, too.

“To have achieved these lettings within our first year of ownership is very pleasing and we look forward to securing another prestigious letting on the remaining second floor.”

Topland has instructed real estate advisor Savills as joint letting agent at The Chancery in Manchester city centre, working alongside Knight Frank.

The appointment follows the acquisition of the office building by Topland Group in August 2019, which Savills also advised on. Colliers acted for Duff & Phelps in their recent move to the fourth floor.