Anchorage tenants recommit to over 60,000 sq ft

Three existing occupiers at Anchorage, Salford Quays, have collectively recommitted to over 60,000 sq ft following the signing of new lease agreements.

Covering the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors at Anchorage 2, the Department for Work and Pensions occupies 37,650 sq ft and has agreed to a further 10 years at the Anchorage Estate.

Design and engineering specialists BakerHicks, which has been based at the quay-side offices since 2011, is moving from the 7th to the 5th floor at Anchorage 2, increasing its office space to 12,390 sq ft. The firm will be moving into a fully renovated floor as part of the extensive refurbishment works taking place throughout Anchorage.

BakerHicks’ parent company, Morgan Sindall, has also renewed its lease on the 6th floor of Anchorage 2, securing 12,390 sq ft for the next 10 years.

The re-signs follow the appointment of Canmoor by the owner of Anchorage to manage the four-building office complex, as well as a £8 million refurbishment programme.

The first phase of renovation works began in August to completely reconfigure the atrium at Anchorage 2 and incorporate better workplace and amenity facilities.

Sam Walker, director at Canmoor, said: “Lease re-signs from such prominent occupiers are a big vote of confidence for the works we are undertaking and our plans for the future at Anchorage.

“We are delighted to have BakerHicks, Morgan Sindall and the Department of Work and Pensions secured for up to 10 years and we’re looking forward to delivering an improved working environment and facilities for their staff and visitors.”

To date, the 8th and 9th floors of offices within Anchorage 2 have been comprehensively refurbished with new self-contained VRF air conditioning, allowing for up to 1:7 occupancy with further floors to complete in early 2019. The second phase will see the public realm and external appearance of all four buildings that make up Anchorage enhanced.

Canmoor has appointed Workman as the new managing agent, and JLL and Edwards & Co, have been retained on the scheme as joint letting agents.