Property Briefs: One Derby Square, Liverpool Science Park and Marshall House

HONG Kong-based Mordril Properties has completed a 12,000 sq ft refurb at its One Derby Square office block in Liverpool.

The four-month project has created a series of self-contained office suites ranging from 1,292 sq ft to 3,649 sq ft at the building on the junction of Castle Street and Lord Street.

It follows a third floor revamp of 12,800 sq ft which was let to healthcare business Medicash in September 2011.

The latest work was delivered by Jones Lang LaSalle’s Liverpool-based project and development services team.

Director Tony Bostock said: “Liverpool’s core business district around Castle Street has regained popularity thanks to some excellent refurbishment schemes, quality public realm improvements and its convenient location near to the retail and leisure attractions at Liverpool One.

“The combination of One Derby Square’s striking frontage, prestigious location and new high-quality flexible suites should prove popular with the market.”

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OPEN Labs, a department within Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), has taken a number of suites at Liverpool science park’s Innovation Centre One building.

The project helps small businesses in Liverpool link up with researchers at the university to create products and services which can be turned into high growth opportunities with international potential.

One company it has helped is Scraperwiki – a science park-based company which helps data scientists collaboratively discover and visualise data sets.

Founder and marketing director of Scraperwiki Aine Mcguire said: “We have been working with Open Labs since 2011 and this relationship is proving invaluable in helping us to grow our business and in helping us move into new sectors.

“More recently we have been working with the academics in LJMU’s Centre for Public Health and as a result of this collaboration, we are getting opportunities to work on projects that have the potential to help us scale for global audiences and opportunities.”

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PROPERTY investor Hurstwood has created a small business centre at its Marshall House in Preston.

It has five suites ranging in size from 250 sq ft to 770 sq ft. All offices will be available unfurnished or furniture is provided at no extra charge.

Sales director Mark Carling said: “We have received several enquiries for small office suites in the city centre over the past few months and until now we have been unable to accommodate them. Marshall House is a fantastic landmark building located in a very prominent position on one of the city’s main through roads.”

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