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Posted by Willl Lewis

Posted 5 September, 2016 OBI BLOG

It struck a couple of us one day in the middle of August - entering the office after a breakfast meeting, the OBI office seemed eerily quiet. That’s unusual - there’s always something going on her...

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Heightened ambitions for Manchester

Posted by Will Lewis

Posted 31 August, 2016 OBI BLOG

Although there was a sharp intake of breath following the EU referendum, it’s mostly been business as usual in Manchester property circles since, with plenty of ambitious planning applications for r...

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No. 1 in the charts

Posted by Will Lewis

Posted 1 August, 2016 OBI BLOG

You might have noticed that there’s rather a large building making its way skywards off Manchester’s Quay Street. No. 1 Spinningfields is, in a sense, where it’s all been leading. Since the t...

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How offices reflect corporate culture

Posted by Will Lewis

Posted 1 August, 2016 OBI BLOG

Do different offices suit different companies? Or more to the point, can offices be designed for companies in specific sectors? To some extent, most offices carry out broadly similar tasks, after all....

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Shore thing

Posted by Andrew Cowell

Posted 18 July, 2016 OBI BLOG

We’re a busy team here at OBI, and although there’s always plenty to keep us busy in Manchester, over the last couple of years we’ve been spending more and more time in London. This allows us to...

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To good health

Posted by Andrew Crompton

Posted 4 July, 2016 OBI BLOG

When companies move into new offices, or refurbish their existing premises, you’ll hear people talk about how “it’s a better place to be” or “a more pleasant working environment”. It’s t...

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Why character matters

Posted by Will Lewis

Posted 14 June, 2016 OBI BLOG

How important are historic buildings to a city? Manchester in particular is amid a new development boom – it’s a fairly safe bet that any walk around town you do at lunchtime has been disrupted by...

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Vacant Possession – the elephant in the room?

Posted by James Bostock

Posted 9 May, 2016 OBI BLOG

Picture this. The economy is on the up and your business is doing well. You’re looking to grow. And your lease has a break clause fast approaching - so you’re looking at exercising this break to m...

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OBI @ MIPIM – THE ‘SMART MONEY’ REPORT

Posted by Will Lewis

Posted 28 April, 2016 OBI BLOG

Who or what is the clever money on in property at present? During MIPIM week, there are hours and hours given over to discussing what cities are doing and that they need to do to attract investment. W...

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2016 Office Market

Posted by Richard Lace

Posted 28 April, 2016 OBI BLOG

Following the near record take up experienced in 2015 the first quarter of 2016 had a lot to live up to and in a number of ways it didn’t disappoint. Q1 2016 take up was 196,553 sq ft which alt...

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