Demand for quality workspace leads to three city centre deals

127 Portland Street

Manchester-based property company Bruntwood Works has reported three deals at its 127 Portland Street site as the demand for quality workspace continues.

Summize, Design Fire Consultants (DFC) and Embryo have taken more than 10,000 sq ft, in total, of flexible workspace across three office suites at the Manchester city centre site.

The 127 Portland Street property is part of Bruntwood Works’ ‘West Village’ campus, a destination full of creatively-minded businesses within a cluster of four Grade II-listed Victorian warehouses.

Summize, the Manchester-based contract lifecycle management disruptor, has relocated to 127 Portland Street doubling the size of its headquarters, to facilitate further growth. The company is targeting a planned increase in headcount of 133% by 2025.

Fire safety engineering specialist, DFC, has also joined the community at 127 Portland Street, as it looks to grow its relationships with new clients and architects, and serve its existing projects in the North West.

As a longstanding Bruntwood Works customer, digital marketing agency Embryo has doubled the size of its Manchester headquarters already based at 127 Portland Street. This follows a period of impressive growth, with the business experiencing a year-on-year increase in headcount of 170%, and a series of new client wins.

Josh Hancock, head of commercial at Bruntwood Works, said: “Positioned at the bustling heart of the city centre, 127 Portland Street is a true magnet for creative, innovative and growing businesses.

“The building’s impressive original features and wealth of amenities harness creativity, and mean it is a perfect hive of collaboration.

“We’re proud to support Embryo, Summize and DFC as they expand their presence in the North West, and welcome them to our ever-growing community at Bruntwood Works.”

Tom Dunlop, CEO and co-founder at Summize, said: “While many businesses are scaling back their physical offices, we see it as ever more important to foster collaboration and learning, with more emphasis on different zones to meet different ways of working. I’m really proud of the new office space, it’s deliberately different, just like our product offering, and perfectly reflects our fun and ambitious culture.”

As part of the West Village community, 127 Portland Street has its own dedicated community manager focused on curating social, health and wellbeing events and business support.

The building is due to undergo refurbishment to provide a range of high quality amenities, including new toilets, showers and a cycle store. Situated at the gateway to the Oxford Road Corridor, a minute from St Peter’s Square, 127 Portland Street is within walking distance of the city centre’s retail shops, bars, and restaurants.

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