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Victorian Liverpool office building to become a hotel

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A VICTORIAN office building in Liverpool city centre is to be turned into a new hotel.

The Russell Building at the junction of School Lane and Peter’s Lane has been largely left empty since the internal office space was modernised as part of the Liverpool ONE development eight years ago.

Plans from regeneration specialist YPG will see five floors of the six storey Portland stone building turned in to a fifty bedroom boutique hotel with roof terrace.

A ground floor unit occupied by Hotel Chocolat will be unaffected by the redevelopment.

The Liverpool property dates back to the 1860s has been home to various companies and organisations since then including Shell, Colmore cars, Vernon pools, Joblink, and NACRO.

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Former Newport post sorting office to deliver new office space

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A FORMER Royal Mail sorting office in Newport looks set to be turned into 50,000 sq ft of new office space.

Newport Council’s Planning Committee has backed a proposal by developer Garrison Barclay Estates to transform the property at 22-29 Mill Street in the south east Wales city.

The fifth, sixth and part of the ground floor will be demolished as part of the scheme which will also provide 84 parking spaces.

The one acre site was used by the Royal Mail until 1999 and subsequently taken over by local company Industrial Automation & Control (IAC).

New cladding and glazing will be added to the reconfigured building which will have three storeys of office floor space in an open plan arrangement, with the reception and lift access located on the ground floor.

Council officers told councillors – who unanimously supported the scheme – that “provision of a refurbished premises in a location with excellent transport links accords with the key drivers for office development and the aspirations of the city to move itself up the value chain.”

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Citibase launches new business centre at Centric House, Liverpool

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SERVICED office provider Citibase has officially launched its new business centre in the heart of Liverpool.

Citibase Liverpool Moorfields at the recently-refurbished Centric House has over 27,000 sq ft of affordable serviced office space.

The five storey property, just over the road from Liverpool Moorfields station, is the fifth North West business centre in the company’s fast-expanding portfolio.

Citibase is managing the property on behalf of building owner CERT Property who acquired it for £3.3 million earlier this year.

Citibase CEO Steve Jude, comments: “Citibase Liverpool Moorfields is the latest example of one of our existing clients commissioning us to take on another management contract to help transform their vacant office space. We’ve proved that by transforming their under-utilised buildings into thriving flexible office space, we have been able to quickly turn them into positive assets, and provide them with a steady cash flow as a result. After the successful launch of Citibase Salford Quays in their building The Junction, we are thrilled to be working with CERT Property again on Citibase Liverpool Moorfields.”

Managing director of CERT Property, Howard Lord, comments: “Citibase was the perfect partner for us to help transform this building into flexible office space, having worked with them on The Junction in Salford Quays. Centric House is in a superb location in the city core, with Moorfields train station directly opposite and within walking distance of the historic docks. As the world of work continues to evolve, we have recognised the growing demand for adaptable and flexible serviced office accommodation.”

The new hub will be able to offer a vibrant home for over 450 SMEs, start-ups, entrepreneurs.

Find out more about Centric House at 15-33 Moorfields in Liverpool.

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New office development in Bath gets outline planning permission

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LOCAL planners in Bath have given outline planning permission for a new development which will create 20,000 sqm of new Grade A office space.

The Bath Quays North scheme is part of the council’s wider flagship Bath Quays regeneration project which will span both sides of the River Avon.

Cllr Paul Myers, Cabinet Member for Economic & Community Regeneration at Bath & North East Somerset Council, commented:

“Outline planning at Bath Quays North is a hugely significant step forward for Bath. Bath Quays will meet the needs of Bath’s successful local business community who wish to expand, as well as encourage others to move to the area, bringing with them higher-wage jobs, investment and economic growth.”

It is expected that the Bath Quays North development will also deliver a minimum of 70 new homes and a new, modern basement car park.

Bath & North East Somerset Council is in the process of selecting a development partner for the Bath Quays North scheme. Once a detailed planning application has been approved,  construction is likely to commence in early 2020.


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City of London approves Cheesegrater 2

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A FIFTY-SIX storey skyscraper has been approved by the City of London Corporation.

The Planning and Transportation Committee gave the green light to the new development in Leadenhall Street earlier this month.

Lai Sun Development Company’s new 263 metre tall building, designed by architects SOM, will be the third tallest in the City of London when finished.

Already known as the Cheesegrater 2 because of a profile which complements the nearby Leadenhall Building, the tower will provide over 102,000 square metres (1,097,919 sq ft) of office space.

Chris Hayward, chair of the planning committee, commented:

“I’m delighted that we have approved latest addition to the City’s growing office district.

“As a leading business district accommodating 483,000 workers every day, it is vital to continue to deliver office space for the significant growth expected with the arrival of the Elizabeth line later this year.

“Leading to a church dating back to the 12th century, this development demonstrates the City’s distinctive ability to house the old and new side by side, while becoming more accessible to creative workers and members of the public.

More than ever we are seeing businesses make location decisions based on the quality of built environment and public realm that they can offer their employees.

“Today’s committee decision will boost confidence and international talent in the City of London.”

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London Fire Brigade attends charity office building blaze in Pimlico

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THREE hundred people were evacuated today as the London Fire Brigade attended a fire a an office building in Pimlico, London.

Fire crews from Lambeth, Chelsea, Clapham, and Brixton fire stations attended the scene after a call was made to emergency services shortly before 2pm.

It took the 21 fire fighters and four fire engines less than an hour to get control of the blaze in a seven storey building in Belgrave Road close to Victoria.

According to reports on social media, the Victoria Charity Centre which provides office space for small charities, was affected by the fire.

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New business centre launched in Gracechurch Street, London

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A NEW business centre in the City of London has had its official launch event after opening earlier this month.

The serviced offices from Orega at 70 Gracechurch Street have capacity for up to 400 people.

The 26,000 sq ft business centre occupies the third floor of the building and boasts features such as a breakout area in the atrium (pictured above), high-tech personal security doors, and Clevertouch TV screens.

Suzanne Machray, Head of Marketing at Orega, commented:

“Our vision was to design a centre that looked great but impressed with its functional spaces & innovative technology. We’re extremely happy with the result and were proud to show off our new centre last night.

“The focus on technology and design is a direct reflection of our client’s evolving
needs and is something we are looking forward to pushing the boundaries with in our
new spaces in Birmingham & Glasgow.”


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Historic Edinburgh offices with royal connection up for sale

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HISTORIC offices in a country house six miles from the centre of Edinburgh are up for sale or lease.

A-Listed Baberton House traces its history back to 1622 and is able to boast of impressive royal connections.

The 17th century property was built by King Charles 1’s Principal Master of Works, James Murray.

Following the July Revolution of 1830, France’s King Charles X abdicated and spent three months at Baberton House after going into exile.

With over 8,500 sq ft of internal space and grounds totalling 10.8 acres, Baberton House has most recently been used as the head office of property and construction business Cruden Group.

Peter Lyell for Savills commented: “Depending on planning consents, the building could be returned to residential use as an amazing family home; as a boutique hotel in a brilliant location; or indeed it could continue as a corporate HQ with its easy travel links and plentiful parking.  Whatever its future, Baberton House will remain an important feature of Edinburgh’s property scene.”

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Stylish makeover for iconic 1980s City of London offices

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OFFICES at an iconic riverside building in the City of London have undergone an internal transformation to become a new serviced office business centre.

The makeover at the 1980s Northern and Shell Building in Lower Thames Street has been undertaken by Southwark-based Resonate Interior Architecture on behalf of serviced apartment operator Halkin.

Resonate was tasked with revamping 100,000 sq ft of space over floors 4 to 10 of the unmistakable glass fronted building. One level has been turned into a dedicated co-working space with its own library and a lounge that incorporates a working fire.

A white marble floor lends a fresh, contemporary feel and a handmade Murano glass chandelier has been suspended from the ceiling in the large atrium.

Halkin’s 10 year lease at 10 Lower Thames Street was announced in March this year. Michael Kingshott, Chairman of Halkin Management Ltd commented:

“Resonate’s unique ability to fulfil Halkin’s creative brief to design the interiors of Lower Thames Street has unquestionably been one of the building’s main selling points for our tenants, seamlessly blending technology, fine art and design to separate Halkin from its competitors.”

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My office used to be… Shoreditch Fire Station

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An occasional closer look at period buildings with an interesting history that have been repurposed as business centres.

Shoreditch Fire Station was built by the London Council Council towards the end of the 19th century.

The LCC agreed in the Spring of 1893 that the needs of the fire service had outgrown the previous station which was located in Old Street and had accommodation for only eight fire fighters.

Also, the “extraordinary traffic” on Old Street made the location less than ideal for an emergency service. A plan was adopted to purchase from Ecclesiastical Commissioners for £3,000 a new larger site fronting Tabernacle Square.

The new fire station was opened on April 31st 1896 by Mr Nathan Moss JP surrounded by county councillors, Shoreditch community representatives, Mr Blashill the superintending architect of the LCC, and Fire Brigade chief Captain Simmonds.

According to the Shoreditch Observer, “an alarm was then given, and in 40 seconds the steamer was horsed and outside the station. The visitors then took a survey of the premises, and were great pleased with the improved appliances, and the excellent accommodation for the staff, the great majority being married men.”

The station, which was opened on the same day as Kingsland fire station in Hackney, cost £15,000 to build.

The new facility served the area for almost seventy years until a new Shoreditch fire station was opened in 1964 when the brigade returned to Old Street.

The handsome red brick building has now been turned into a serviced office business centre with 30 individual offices, and there’s a restaurant unit on the ground floor.

Click here to find out more about the old Fire Station business centre or see more serviced offices near Old Street and Shoreditch.

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