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Acclaimed Design Firm Appointed To Revamp Receptions

Acclaimed Manchester architecture and interior design studio, Jasper Sanders + Partners, has been appointed by Exchange Quay, Manchester’s leading office development, to redesign the office receptions as part of the scheme’s ongoing commitment to its occupier experience.

Buildings 8 and 5 will have entirely remodelled receptions and the concept for Building 8 has now been unveiled. The design concept looks to carefully restore the design intent of the original buildings. The site sits close to two canal systems which the original architects used as inspiration for a maritime theme.

The impressive buildings will have their grandeur restored with new wall panelling, beautiful joinery and finishes that bring the external materials and finishes from outside in. The intention is to give the buildings back their classic sense of identity, with added purpose appropriate to modern ways of working.

North West contractor Aztec Interiors has been appointed to carry out the works. The contractor will commence the 6 week programme of works to upgrade the reception in Building 8 first before moving onto Building 5.

Acting for Ekistics, Investment Manager at Exchange Quay, Till Asset Management, has announced the reception upgrades as part of the team’s ongoing commitment to enhancing the occupier experience at Exchange Quay, which at 435,000 sq ft is one of the largest office developments in the North West with over 4,000 workers.

The investment into the reception remodelling works follows on from the delivery of the 26,000 sq ft ICE building which provides contemporary Grade A office accommodation together with a café bar, business lounge and communal meeting space and is already over 60% let.

Exchange Quay, which has its own Metrolink tram stop, is located approximately 1.5 miles to the southwest of Manchester City Centre and is strategically located just off Trafford Road which links Salford Quays to both Manchester City Centre and the regional motorway network.

Les Lang, Director at Till Asset Management, said;

“Jasper has an excellent reputation as Manchester’s leading designer so we were keen to get his vision for how to revitalise the entrance areas of Buildings 8 and 5. We were delighted with his concepts and can already visualise what a difference the new areas will make to tenants working in the buildings and also to their visitors. We will have additional areas for occupiers to utilise, with breakout areas and booths for informal meetings and look forward to seeing works progress in the forthcoming weeks.

Jasper Sanders, Design Director at Jasper Sanders + Partners, said; “Exchange Quay is one of the North’s most impressive office developments and we were excited to have the opportunity to redesign the entrances for two of the prominent office buildings. Our focus was on function, purpose, activity and creating a sense of culture whilst allowing for alternative activities such as coffee break spaces and meeting areas to give greater space options for the occupiers. The result will be fresh, functional space that serves a purpose for the tenants while creating a lasting impression for visitors.”

The quoting rent on Exchange Quay is £20 per sq ft plus car parking.

EXCHANGE QUAY ACHIEVES WIREDSCORE TRUST MARK FOR DIGITAL CONNECTIVITY

Exchange Quay, the 435,000 sq ft Manchester office development has achieved Wired Certified Platinum rating from WiredScore for its world-class digital connectivity.

As a genuine trust mark for digital connectivity, Exchange Quay’s WiredScore Platinum rating has already proven key in attracting new digitally driven businesses to the development.

The highest possible rating from WiredScore has been granted in recognition of Exchange Quay’s first-rate technology infrastructure which enables both ambitious start-up occupiers and fast growing established business tenants to stay ahead of the competition. The building is one of only a handful of developments in Manchester to receive this digital stamp of approval.

Following on from the multi million pound investment by the development’s owner, being advised by Ekistics Property Advisors LLP (Ekistics), this significant accreditation cements the building’s offer of world-class, secure and reliable connectivity that meets the needs of its occupiers now and in the future.

Axel Waldecker, managing director, Ekistics said;

“Achieving a Wired Certified Platinum rating demonstrates our commitment to delivering first class office space in Manchester and providing fast growing, digitally dependent businesses with the best possible connectivity that’s almost as fundamental to business growth as the office space itself.

“New and growing businesses across Manchester, which is the leading hot spot location for technology outside London, are increasingly acknowledging WiredScore as a symbol for high-quality broadband and impeccable overall connectivity.”

Exchange Quay is one of the largest office developments in the North West, accommodating more than 3,000 people and offering a host of occupier amenities including a day nursery.

TILL ASSET MANAGEMENT TAKE REINS AT EXCHANGE QUAY

Ekistics Property Advisors LLP has appointed Manchester-based Till Asset Management as Investment Manager to build on the evolution of Exchange Quay, one of the largest office developments in the North West.

Property business, Till Asset Management brings a wealth of investment and asset management expertise to the team, having built a firm reputation within the region for delivering maximum returns for investors on key developments such as Manchester International Office Centre and Albany Building, Liverpool.

Till Asset Management directors Les Lang and Liam MacCarthy have more than 50 years combined experience across a diverse property portfolio.  Les has worked on a variety of roles as a consultant, fund manager and developer, whilst Liam, an exceptional analyst, has delivered development and investment projects in the UK and Europe.

Exchange Quay has been transformed in recent years to upgrade the acclaimed scheme to Grade A specification and with a remodelled public realm and amenity offering, it has introduced several retail outlets and extensive occupier facilities.  Additionally, it is one of the few office developments in the region that also offers its own children’s day nursery.

26,000 sq ft of newly refurbished offices and a café lounge bar, part of the scheme’s ICE concept, have also been recently unveiled at the 435,000 sq ft development.  ICE forms part of the waterside development’s plans to maximise the occupier offer and to encourage a cohesive, collaborative community for its circa 4,000 tenants.

Till Asset Management joins the Exchange Quay team, including advisors, Ekistics Property Advisors LLP; managing agent CBRE and joint letting agents JLL and Canning O’Neill.

Till Asset Management will work closely with Ekistics to continue to build upon the development’s successful track record and grow its occupier base.  

Over the last 18 months, the scheme has attracted a wide range of occupiers including JLA, ManpowerGroup, American conglomerate 3M, BEAUTY BAY, Space & Time Media, ProofID and insurance firm 1st Central.

Les Lang, Director of Till A M said; “As a Manchester based Investment Manager we are truly excited to be bringing forward this project. EQ is a hidden gem; having been transformed into a stunning Grade A office development. We believe this is one of Manchester’s best business locations which is why we have also decided to relocate our business here.”

Axel Waldecker, Managing Director of Ekistics Property Advisors, said; “We are delighted to welcome Till Asset Management to further strengthen our fantastic team at Exchange Quay. We are committed to providing the best possible service to all our valued tenants and their forward-thinking and dynamic approach will add value to this leading development.”

BANGERS AND BURGERS RAISE CASH FOR HOMELESS CHARITY IN SALFORD

Hundreds of bangers and burgers served up to the office community at Exchange Quay in Salford have helped a homelessness charity within the city.  A Charity BBQ hosted by the North West’s largest office development in Salford Quays has raised more than £500 for its charity partner, Emmaus Salford.

The Exchange Quay business community came together on Friday 14 June on the Piazza to enjoy a sizzling summer BBQ with all the proceeds from ticket sales donated to support homeless and socially vulnerable people across Salford.

Part of Exchange Quay’s community engagement programme, the event is one of a series to be staged in aid of Emmaus Salford which provides more than just a bed for the night to people who have experienced homeless and social exclusion.   The events programme has been devised and implemented by the marketing and placemaking team at DS Emotion in conjunction with Elior.

Jeremy Birkett-Jones, Director, Hunter REIM commented:

“We are delighted that our fundraising BBQ has brought our office and business community together as one to support this local project and such a deserving cause.  We wanted to shine a spotlight on the plight of homelessness in the city and mount an events programme which helps to give a much-needed cash injection to the charity.   It was a great event with fantastic food, great community spirit and a wonderful summer atmosphere.  It not only supports our chosen charity, but also creates a platform to bring our Exchange Quay community together.”

Rachel Richardson, Emmaus Salford said: “We are extremely grateful to everyone at Exchange Quay for their ongoing support of Emmaus Salford. The funds raised from their recent BBQ event will directly support people affected by homelessness as well as vulnerable residents in Salford who are struggling to afford basic essentials such as food and household items. Huge thanks to all those who organised and attended the BBQ fundraiser.”

Funds raised and donated to the charity are aimed at further developing existing projects run by Emmaus, including social supermarket Lucie’s Pantry, with plans to open a small café/meeting space for customers to access. The charity also aims to launch George’s Community Fridge, an initiative which uses short dated or just out of date foodstuffs from local collaborators and funds will help with set up costs. Finally, the charity wants to take resident Companions on a weekend or week team building adventure break to a centre in North Wales to help with motivation, aspiration and self-esteem.

Exchange Quay has undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment and transformation programme in recent years by Ekistics Property Advisors LLP (Ekistics) on behalf of the owner alongside asset manager Hunters. The development offers more than 435,000 sq ft of Grade A office space over seven buildings and has recently unveiled ICE – renovating an additional 26,000 sq ft of newly refurbished high quality offices and a café lounge to enhance its existing occupier offer to create a cohesive and collaborative working community.

For press information please contact Faye at Space PR on 0161 669 7200 / 07793 401 579 or via email at faye@spacepr.co.uk 

Hunter Real Estate Investment Managers (Hunter)

Hunter Real Estate Investment Managers (Hunter) is a real estate investment fund management specialist delivering bottom up value growth in commercial real estate.

Hunter is aligned, locally based in its key markets with offices in Edinburgh, London, Prague and Warsaw, is income growth driven, client focused and independent.

Hunter’s business in Central Europe and the United Kingdom is wholly management owned and staffed by a team of experienced real estate professionals local to the markets in which it operates.

www.hunterreim.com

About Emmaus

Emmaus supports formerly homeless people by giving them a home, meaningful work in a social enterprise and an opportunity to regain lost self-esteem to help rebuild their lives. There are currently 29 Emmaus communities across the country, supporting more than 800 companions (formerly homeless people) in the UK. In addition, there are four Emmaus groups, all of which are working towards setting up an Emmaus community in their area. Emmaus aims to offer 1,000 companion places by 2020.

 

Social enterprise is central to the Emmaus model as it provides meaningful work for companions but also generates funding to maintain communities. Companions living in Emmaus communities are expected to sign off all benefits, with the exception of housing benefit, which is used to help to support the community. The rest of the funding that is needed is generated through social enterprise and fundraising. Emmaus communities deliver a significant return on investment. Research shows that for every £1 invested in a community, there is an £11 return, with savings to the benefits bill, health services and a reduction in crime reoffending. http://www.emmaus.org.uk/

MANCUNIAN DOODLE ARTIST COMPLETES MURAL COMMISSION AT EXCHANGE QUAY

A Mancunian artist who has travelled around Europe with his trademark doodle style cityscape drawings, has completed a commission at Exchange Quay, one of the North West’s largest office developments.   Freelance illustrator, Dave Draws has created his hand drawn Manchester mural wall for the development’s new ICE building to create an impact for staff and visitors alike.

Dave, 29, who works from his Ancoats studio, has turned doodling into an art form by creating cityscapes with a cartoon style.   Before moving to Manchester, Dave lived and worked in Berlin and whilst there he frequently exhibited his work on the Berlin art scene and was told that one of his abstract pieces resembled an aerial city view.  This sparked an idea to draw maps of cities, with Manchester being the first city piece he created in 2014.  It wasn’t until he moved back to Manchester that his art form was thrust into the limelight.

The 2mx3m large scale mural wall in the ICE building features more than 20 landmarks and buildings across Manchester, including Exchange Quay, Victoria Warehouse, the cricket ground, White City retail park, The Lowry, ITV, Imperial War Museum, Ordsall Hall and Park and more.    Dave has travelled to many cities across Europe to create his quirky cityscapes for corporate clients, including Dusseldorf, Paris and Prague and has also completed many Manchester commissions, including one for Channel 4’s offices.

Axel Waldecker, Managing Director, Ekistics Property Advisors said:

“We wanted to create an impact with a piece of niche artwork that depicted the city of Manchester as a masterpiece in its own right for our newly launched ICE building.  We heard great things about Dave’s quirky doodle style maps both locally and world-wide and knew he would be the artist for the job.  We are delighted with the finished intricate black and white artwork which creates a great talking point for visitors and is hugely impactful as you enter the building.”

Dave Draws commented:

“It was really exciting to create a doodle map mural specifically around Exchange Quays and Media City as there are so many amazing landmarks and venues in the area.  It was really enjoyable getting them all together in one piece”

Exchange Quay has undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment and transformation programme in recent years by Ekistics Property Advisors LLP (Ekistics) on behalf of the owner alongside asset manager Hunter REIM. The development offers more than 435,000 sq ft of Grade A office space over seven buildings and has recently unveiled ICE – renovating an additional 26,000 sq ft of newly refurbished, high quality offices and a café lounge to enhance its existing occupier offer to create a cohesive and collaborative working community.

DEDICATED TENANT ENGAGEMENT MANAGER JOINS EXCHANGE QUAY

A dedicated on-site tenant engagement manager has been appointed at Exchange Quay, the 435,000 sq ft office scheme in Salford Quays, as part of the development’s wider occupier engagement strategy.  Sadie O’Toole joins as Assistant Building Manager working within managing agent CBRE’s Project Management FM team.

Sadie joins from Willis Towers Watson where she supported the Regional Facilities management function.  Sadie brings a wide range of facilities management and health and safety expertise to the new role, which will predominantly focus on rolling out the tenant engagement strategy overseen by CBRE and the marketing and placemaking team at DS Emotion.

Ekistics and asset manager Hunter REIM have been working with CBRE and DS Emotion to develop a long-term Place Activation strategy to enhance tenant engagement at the development in line with the integral role placemaking now plays in a development’s proposition, appeal, sense of belonging and community brand.

Sadie will co-ordinate the tenant engagement programme which follows on from the introduction of a host of new occupier facilities at Exchange Quay, including new retail and dining outlets, a children’s day nursery, a games room, as well as the recently launched ICE concept which delivered 26,000 sq ft of Grade A offices and a café lounge bar.    Sadie will also support the planned events schedule which aims to connect with occupiers at the development.

Commenting on her appointment, Sadie said:

“I am very excited to join the CBRE team managing the Exchange Quay development and look forward to expanding my knowledge in this new chapter of my career.  Facilities management is something that I have been passionate about for some time and I am eager to work closely with the diverse range of tenants based at Exchange Quay.

My role will be very much on-site, building tenant relationships and supporting the wider management team in delivering the placemaking and events strategy to add value to the occupier base.”

Axel Waldecker, Managing Director, Ekistics Property Advisors said:

“We are delighted to welcome Sadie to the team.  Our long term strategy for Exchange Quay is to further enhance the occupier experience and Sadie’s role will be integral in helping to build stronger bonds with both our existing and future tenants.   Sadie will be instrumental in co-ordinating a programme of activities and events to engage with our occupiers and supporting the management function.”

sadie.otoole@exchquay.com

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THE LOWRY’S YOUNG THEATRE MAKERS DEBUT PERFORMANCE AT EQ

Young theatre makers from The Lowry in Salford will showcase their debut performance about life in an office at Exchange Quay, one of the North West’s largest office developments from May 15-17. The group of teenagers has created Bright Futures, a bold, innovative and immersive piece designed to be performed in non-theatre space.

The teen theatre makers present their first performance as The Offstage Ensemble in collaboration with nationally renowned theatre company, Dante or Die. 17 young people aged 13-19 who devised, wrote, designed, produced and directed the site responsive piece will transform an unused floor in the ICE building at Exchange Quay into an original landscape to put on their show.

Created as part of The Lowry’s new Learning and Engagement Pathway, the 45 minute show features a junior sales team from ‘Instagram perfect’ holiday company, Bright Futures, preparing for performance review day. It immerses the audience in the wannabee executives’ panicky, primal, perfect-scoring power hour and how they interact.

The Lowry offers young people aged 11-25 from across Greater Manchester the opportunity to get creative in a range of ways through dance, drama, visual arts, technical theatre, producing and directing.

This new pathway is offered free to young people to make inventive theatre in more challenging ways by reacting to the performance venue space – in this case an office – and breaking down barriers to access groups of this nature. The pathway was piloted with groups taking part in taster workshops before official launch this year.

Stephanie Green, Youth Arts Manager, The Lowry commented:
“We are delighted to be able to access such fantastic office space at Exchange Quay for our young theatre makers’ debut performance which is right on our doorstep in Salford. The group has worked incredibly hard to produce this immersive piece, which will involve the audience walking around the performance. We hope workers at the office development will enjoy the show, as well as the general public who can also buy tickets to come along.”

Jeremy Birkett-Jones, Director, Hunter said:
“We kickstarted our Place Activation and Events programme last month to engage with our occupiers and the local community. We are delighted to work with The Lowry to host the debut performance of Bright Futures in our new ICE building which provides the young theatre makers with perfect space to showcase their production.

Exchange Quay has undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment and transformation programme in recent years by Ekistics Property Advisors LLP (Ekistics) on behalf of the owner alongside asset manager Hunters. The development offers more than 435,000 sq ft of Grade A office space over seven buildings and has recently unveiled ICE – renovating an additional 26,000 sq ft of newly refurbished high quality offices and a café lounge to enhance its existing occupier offer to create a cohesive and collaborative working community.

Tickets cost £5 and there are two shows per night from 15-17 May. Visit the link here for more information on the show.

EXCHANGE QUAY SUPPORTS THE FIGHT AGAINST HOMELESSNESS IN SALFORD WITH CHARITY LINK UP

Homeless and socially vulnerable people across Salford are set to get support from one of the North West’s largest office developments. Exchange Quay, the 435,000 sq ft office development in Salford Quays, has selected Emmaus Salford as its chosen Charity Partner this year as part of its Place Activation and community engagement strategy.

In operation for 5 years, Emmaus Salford is a social enterprise providing more than just a bed for the night to people who have experienced homeless and social exclusion.  Part of a wider movement, there are currently 29 Emmaus communities across the UK (300+ worldwide), providing a home and meaningful work to more than 800 formerly homeless people. The charity was established in 1949 in Paris by French Priest, George Le Gay who wanted to find a solution to homelessness after the WW2 bombings.

The Emmaus Salford residential community supports 20 companions from all walks of life who find themselves homeless or in helpless situations. Companions have to work to help themselves and can stay as long as they want, living and working with the charity. The charity looks to help them obtain the confidence and skills to live independently.

The team at Exchange Quay sought to put the spotlight on the rise of homeless people on the streets of Salford and wider Manchester and to support Emmaus Salford in a meaningful way by fundraising for local projects to help those most in need.

Funds raised and donated to the charity will be aimed at further developing existing projects run by Emmaus, including Lucie’s Pantry, a social supermarket with plans to open a small café/meeting space for customers to access. The charity also aims to launch George’s Community Fridge, an initiative which uses short dated or just out of date foodstuffs from local collaborators and funds will help with set up costs. Finally, the charity wants to take resident Companions on a weekend or week team building adventure break to a centre in North Wales to help with motivation, aspiration and self-esteem.

Exchange Quay plans to set up a series of fundraising events throughout the year to add to the coffers of the charity, including a Mother’s Day florist on site, where 3,000 workers were able to buy discounted flowers for their mums with 10% of sales donated to Emmaus. Teams at the development will also be taking part in the Manchester 10K to support the charity.

Simon Locke, Emmaus said:

“We are very excited to be working with the team at Exchange Quay. Support from local partners is paramount to help us continue our work with homeless and socially vulnerable people in the local area.”

Rune Randrup-Thomsen, Director at Ekistics Property Advisors LLP and responsible for Exchange Quay commented:

“Emmaus Salford is an incredible social enterprise with some outstanding initiatives planned this year to support those in need in our local communities. We are delighted to get on board with the charity and look forward to raising money to develop these schemes which will really make a difference to local people who find themselves homeless or socially excluded. Ultimately, it’s about saving lives and we hope that we and the Exchange Quay community can help with this rising issue in our region.”

Exchange Quay has undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment and transformation programme in recent years by Ekistics Property Advisors LLP (Ekistics) on behalf of the owner alongside asset manager Hunters. The development offers more than 435,000 sq ft of Grade A office space over seven buildings and has recently unveiled ICE – renovating an additional 26,000 sq ft of newly refurbished high quality offices and a café lounge to enhance its existing occupier offer to create a cohesive and collaborative working community.

NEW OCCUPIER STRATEGY LAUNCHED AT EXCHANGE QUAY

Following the recent commitment to additional refurbishment works at the 435,000 sq ft Exchange Quay office development in Salford Quays, Ekistics Property Advisors LLP (Ekistics) and its project team has agreed an occupier Place Activation Strategy to invest in its valued tenants.

Ekistics and asset manager Hunter have been working with managing agent CBRE and marketing team DS Emotion to develop a strategy to further enhance tenant engagement at the development in line with the integral role placemaking now plays in a development’s sense of place and proposition.

A series of events will be implemented over the coming year to connect with occupiers at the development. The agreed programme will include engagement opportunities such as yoga, five-a-side football, a dragon boat race, creation of allotments, a summer barbeque, personal training classes, a pub quiz and walking lunches as well as many more.

The tenant engagement programme follows on from the introduction of a host of new occupier facilities at Exchange Quay, including new retail and dining outlets; a children’s day nursery; a games room in Building 5, as well as the new ICE concept – 24,000 sq ft of newly refurbished offices and a café lounge bar designed to provide a contemporary and cool haven for occupiers to work and unwind in. The new activities are intended to support the wellbeing of the circa 3,000 people working within the development.

Events hosted last year at Exchange Quay attracted both tenants and non-tenants who came from neighbouring offices – so there is an appetite for well presented and current events from the professional community.

Razi Riahi, Strategy Placemaking Director at DS Emotion, commented; “2019 is the year that Health and Wellbeing becomes a boardroom priority, not only for employers, but also for Landlords. The evidence is now clearly pointing towards the value of activated workplaces which ensure a premium offering for business tenants. Taking this into account, we have worked on achieving a balance of three core strands; active body, active mind and active social to ensure Exchange Quay becomes a ‘magnetic’ place.  Our process is a structured one that considers Exchange Quay’s varied demographic and how the activations can add value to all those who work here.”

CBRE’s recent global research report Placemaking: Value and the Public Realm produced in collaboration with leading placemakers Gehl Architects, showed that a focus on the quality of public spaces can add value to investors, as well as residents and visitors.  Placemaking as a concept and high quality places are key to attracting and retaining skilled talent, as well as the bid for investment.  Creative people want to live and work in great places.  So cities which create great places will attract investment.

John McHugh, CBRE’s newly appointed Creative & Placemaking Director commented:

“Placemaking is becoming increasingly important to landlords and developers and it’s vital our industry explores new and smarter ways of identifying, communicating and delivering a location’s proposition and sense of place.  For large-scale property developments like Exchange Quay, creating this early is key.  While many can rely on location, architecture and reputation to build a brand’s story, only by tapping into the emotions of people can you nurture the magic of placemaking.  Sometimes organic and sometimes manufactured, the essential elements of place and how they are curated provide the opportunity to develop somewhere people truly connect with.”

Richard Wharton, Director, JLL Office Agency said:

“Placemaking has been taking place within the residential sector and at retail destinations for many years but when The British Council of Offices launched its guide for offices in 2016 it embraced the trend by setting out four pillars of great placemaking: vibrancy, connectivity, a sense of wellbeing and context. The value of a great place is more than just the market value of its buildings and we are increasingly looking to assess the intangible value created by a successful place.

“There is growing evidence that thinking about a place holistically can enhance its value. For example, it will increase employee and customer satisfaction, help attract new occupiers, grow rents as tenants are more inclined to remain and expand within the scheme, and therefore impact positively on asset value. But most importantly, it puts people at the heart of property, ensuring we create great places where people want to work.”

Jeremy Birkett-Jones, investment director at Hunter, said;

“We are excited to kick-start our occupier Place Activation Strategy at Exchange Quay and are confident it will further enhance tenant engagement at the development. The research delivered by our agency team highlighted evolving occupier needs and this new strategy will help to contribute to Exchange Quay’s already outstanding reputation as one of the leading office developments within the North West.”

Exchange Quay lies at the gateway to Salford Quays/Media City, approximately 1.5 miles to the southwest of Manchester City Centre. It boasts its own dedicated Metrolink tram stop and is strategically located just off Trafford Road which links Salford Quays to both Manchester City Centre and the major motorway networks via the M602.

Agents on Exchange Quay are Canning O’Neill and JLL.