Liverpool2 sparks boost in neighbouring office demand

Demand for office space in north Liverpool is increasing thanks to the Liverpool2 port development, according to Bruntwod

The commercial property owner, which owns Burlington House in nearby Waterloo, says it has seen a significant increase in enquiries and lettings from businesses keen to locate themselves near to the scheme, which is due for a phased opening throughout 2016.

When completed, Liverpool2 will be the UK’s most centrally-located deep water container terminal, opening the city to global importers and exporters and allowing them to reach 35 million consumers within a 150-mile radius of the port.

According to Bruntwood, many businesses from various sectors are now switching on to that opportunity by searching for a base close to the new Seaforth facility.

Among those is international freight forwarding specialist FS Mackenzie, which has recently taken a 731 sq ft space at Burlington House.

Steven Hughan, branch manager at FS Mackenzie, said:

“The ongoing renewal and expansion of Liverpool’s docks could have a marked effect on our businesses and we have been looking for office space in close proximity to Seaforth for some time. Burlington House proved to be the standout option for us as it’s on the main road travelling north to south, just a stone’s  throw from Liverpool2 and we have managed to secure a modern refurbished space with the potential to expand as we do.”

Colin Forshaw, head of property at Bruntwood, said:

“There has been a growing sense of excitement in the business community about the potential benefits Liverpool2 will bring to the area. As it nears completion, we are seeing businesses of all sizes now hoping to base themselves close by and be part of the story. Human resources firms, engineering businesses, logistics companies and marine organisations have all been part of the mix of potential new customers getting in touch with us about Burlington House, with requirements ranging from small suites to larger floor plates. This trend is only likely to increase over the next few months, which is great news for the wider communities of Sefton and north Liverpool.”

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