Former headquarters building comes to market

The Talbot Road site

Matthews & Goodman and BNP Paribas Real Estate have been instructed to market the landmark 92,000 sq ft corporate headquarters at 97 Talbot Road in Manchester.

The main feature of the 5.5 acre site is a three-storey building, originally developed as electricity group Norweb’s headquarters in the 1980s. It offers 84,400 sq ft of office accommodation, with large single-floor plates up to 25,808 sq ft.

The site also features a two-storey 5,730 sq ft building, making it ideal as a training centre, as well as a separate storage/workshop facility.

A recent refurbishment upgraded the accommodation to provide excellent floor heights and communication infrastructure, collaborative working areas, a staff canteen, cycle stores, showers and a biomass boiler with back-up generator to ensure a constant energy supply in the event of a power loss.

Two miles south of the city centre, the location has easy access to the M60 and public transport links including Trafford Bar Metrolink station, which is within easy walking distance.

The fully secured site has a gatehouse and barrier entrance system and a car park with 389 car parking spaces.

Steve Brittle, Matthews & Goodman senior associate, said: “This is a rare opportunity to relocate to one of the city’s most iconic and spacious office buildings.

“Its high quality and flexible workspace, easy access to the motorway network and ample car park facility makes it an ideal head office or major regional hub for any company.”

Iain Cairns, associate director, BNPPRE, added: “97 Talbot Road provides an excellent opportunity for an occupier to acquire a fantastic plug and play facility in Trafford.

“The building provides high quality fully fitted, flexible accommodation and, given the property’s location and spec, combined with an excellent car parking allocation, we are confident that property will be of interest to a range of occupiers.”