New South Yorkshire Base For MENCAP

St Paul’s Developments has leased a 5,000 sq ft office building at its Phoenix Riverside development in Rotherham to the UK’s leading learning disabilities charity, Royal Mencap Society, who is merging two South Yorkshire offices into the new facility.

The Sheffield office of Knight Frank acted for St Paul’s Developments and Royal Mencap Society was unrepresented.

The 5,000 sq ft, Unit 3B, at Phoenix Riverside was St Paul’s Developments’ own headquarter building and the regeneration specialist has now relocated into the ground floorof neighbouring Unit 2 to enable Royal Mencap Society to lease the building.

Phoenix Riverside is a 6 acre office, 26,000 sq ft office park close to Rotherham Town Centre and J34 of the M1. In addition to Royal Mencap Society and St Paul’s Developments, occupiers include Rotherham Council and In-Tend Ltd, leaving just Unit 2 available with suites from 4,250 sq ft to 8,500 sq ft.

Additional opportunities at Phoenix Riverside include an adjacent 2 acre roadside development site which can accommodate a range of commercial/leisure occupiers.

Royal Mencap Society works to provide support to the 1.4 million people with a learning disability in the UK as well as their families and carers by fighting to change laws, improve services and access to education, employment and leisure facilities.

Until now, the charity’s South Yorkshire staff have been working from two separate bases in Rotherham and Sheffield. These have now been consolidated into the new building at Phoenix Riverside so that all 22 staff are in one building.

Gary Shipley, Operations Director at Royal Mencap Society, said; “We took the decision to relocate our South Yorkshire staff into one office to enable us to work more efficiently in a fit-for-purpose, modern base. The new building at Phoenix Riverside is ideally located for our staff base, with plenty of parking and open plan internal office accommodation to facilitate a more fluid and sustainable way of working.”

David Newton, Managing Director of St Paul’s Developments, said; “The size and layout of our own headquarters at Phoenix Riverside was perfectly suited to Royal Mencap Society, so we decided to relocate into the neighbouring unit to facilitate their move. This is actually the second time we have moved our HQ for an occupier having sold our former base upon request which demonstrates our flexibility as a developer and landlord. We are delighted to welcome Royal Mencap Society to Phoenix Riverside and look forward to securing a tenant for the final Unit 2.”

Peter Whiteley, Partner at the Sheffield office of Knight Frank, added; “With only one out of the original four offices now available, Phoenix Riverside has proven to be an attractive office destination for occupiers. The remaining building offers grade A accommodation from 4,250 – 8,500 sqft to let or for sale in this popular location, close to J34 M1 and with good access to both Rotherham and Sheffield. We are also handling interest in the adjacent two acre roadside plot which could suit a number of potential uses as it benefits from main arterial road frontage with significant traffic flow and could deliver an exciting opportunity for either commercial, leisure or amenity uses”.