Aberdeen Standard Investments has secured deals with two restaurant brands, a leather craft workshop venture, a new leisure attraction and a local TV broadcaster. Tony McDonough reports
Liverpool’s Albert Dock complex has secured five new lettings to a mix of independent and national leisure, retail, restaurant and office tenants.
Popular local restaurant brand Lunya has already announced it is opening an outlet at the Britannia Pavilion this summer called Lunyalita, in a deal for 2,767 sq ft. It will be joined by Rosa’s Thai Cafe, which is taking 2,436 sq ft.
Lunyalita’s lease is for 20 years, with a 10-year break, a Rosa’s for 15 years.
Liverpool-based independent Leather Satchel Co, will see its store, that opened in December 2016, transform from a traditional retail outlet to an expanded and experiential offer called Hanshaw’s Leather Workshop – providing bespoke leather craft workshops.
The 2,041 sq ft unit has been secured on a 10-year lease. Alongside these occupiers, a new major leisure attraction Escape Hunt, “an interactive and intuitive real-life escape game,” similar in vein to the 90s’ TV show The Crystal Maze, will move into former office suites of approximately 2,800 sq ft on the mezzanine level of Atlantic Pavilion, on a 10-year lease.
Made in Liverpool TV, owned and operated by Made Television and part of a group of eight local TV stations across the country, relocates its city headquarters to a new office suite on The Colonnades side of the Dock.
Following on from this, dock owner Aberdeen Standard Investments, are set to begin a refurbishment programme of vacant office suites and common parts along the mezzanine level of its ownership in order to attract a diverse range of office occupiers including start-ups seeking more flexible terms.
Chris Wright, portfolio manager at Aberdeen, said: “Albert Dock is a world-class tourist attraction bringing a significant amount of footfall to our tenants, however, we are striving to create a year-round destination within the city that locals visit regularly and feel compelled to return to.
“We are currently working hard for 2018 to be the first realisation of our plans to reinvent the offer at Albert Dock, and we are proud to welcome all of these operators to kick-start this and breathe new life into the scheme.”
Joint agents for Albert Dock are Mason Owen and Bruce Gillingham Pollard.