200 new jobs and extra office for car hire firm

CAR hire booking service rentalcars.com is creating 200 new jobs by expanding further into offices in central Manchester.

It will take 38,000 sq ft of space on the second to the sixth floors at 35 Fountain Street in April.

The company’s new office is an addition to its 60,000 sq ft space at Sunlight House, where the firm already employs 1,000 people.

Chief executive Ian Brown said: “We’re very excited about moving into 35 Fountain Street.
“The facilities in the building are excellent.  It’s hugely important to us that we create the best possible working environment for the talented and committed colleagues who are key to our success.
“Along with the fit-out in Fountain Street we are also planning to refurbish Sunlight House with the aim of creating the most exciting working spaces in the UK.”

OBI Property represented rentalcars.com on acquiring the new lease and were appointed to design and project manage the new fit out.  Rentalcars.com are due to move into Fountain Street during April this year.

Will Lewis, of OBI Property said: “Working with rentalcars.com has involved the whole team at OBI, and we’re looking forward to seeing the new office in action.  The deal confirms the strength of Manchester’s tech offering, where we are seeing a number of tech businesses growing across the city.”

Landlord of 35 Fountain Street, IVG, carried out a refurbishment of the 50,000 sq. ft. building in 2013 which included the creation of a ground floor amenity space – the Tenant Hub – and a sizeable bike store.

Anthony Bull-Diamond, OF IVG said:  “We worked very closely with rentalcars.com and wanted to understand exactly what they required from 35 Fountain Street.  We are delighted that they really valued the high quality specification but also the amenity space we worked hard to create in the form of our tenant hub, cafe facility and cycle store.”

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