Colliers International relocates to NFU Mutual’s Chancery Place in landmark £34/sq ft deal

NFU Mutual Insurance Society Ltd has let the 12th floor of Chancery Place to Colliers International at a rental of £34 per sq ft. The deal, which has set a new headline rent for the Manchester city centre office market, means the building has now reached 100% occupancy.

Strategically located fronting Brown Street within the King Street conservation area in the heart of Manchester’s traditional core, Chancery Place provides ‘best in class’ Grade A office accommodation across 14 floors. The building is home to tenants such as: Kyocera, Clyde & Co, HSB Engineering, Clearwater Finance and QBE.

Colliers International will relocate its 45-strong Manchester team from No.1 Marsden Street to Chancery Place by the end of the year, taking 7,786 sq ft on a 10 year lease.

On the deal, David Hidderley of NFU Mutual Insurance Society Ltd, said: “As a prime core office building in the heart the Manchester city centre, we had a great deal of interest in the remaining space at Chancery Place and I am delighted to be able to announce Colliers International as the final occupier, completing occupancy for the building. This is a landmark deal for Manchester and it is testament to the quality of the space and the prime location of the building that we were able to achieve a new headline rent for the city – this deal further underlines Manchester’s standing as a top performing regional market in the UK and we believe it is only the beginning of the story in terms of rental growth for Manchester city centre.”

Michael Hawkins of Colliers International, said: “We were so pleased to work with NFU Mutual to acquire what we believe to be the best floorspace within Manchester’s best building; in a location which is at the epicentre of the Northern Powerhouse’s capital city. We wanted to attain the highest quality environment to match the calibre of our staff and Chancery Place provides that in spades. The move is conducive to fulfilling our business objective of being acknowledged as Manchester’s No.1 commercial real estate practice and we look forward to the next chapter for Colliers International in our new state of the art Manchester home.”

Will Kennon, Director of CBRE, who represented NFU Mutual, added: “Chancery Place is a unique proposition in Manchester, and whilst other development is under way elsewhere in the city, there is no other development either planned or under-construction which will provide any competition to the unique 7,500 sq ft floor plates offered at Chancery Place.  Whether tenants occupy a higher or a lower floor, the asset is unrivalled and offers its tenants the best accommodation in Manchester across all measures.”

Colliers International represented itself in the deal. CBRE and OBI acted for NFU Mutual Insurance Society Ltd.