Posted by Zoe Boddy-McEwen

Posted 19 March, 2012 OBI NEWS

Today Allied London announced the first two companies to take work space at Tower 12, Avenue North, Spinningfields, Manchester.  They are Datalex, a global provider of software to the travel industry and the UK’s leading planning consultancy Barton Willmore.

Michael Ingall, chief executive, Allied London Properties Limited said:  “Tower 12 is set to become another significant landmark on the Spinningfields estate and securing our first two commercial occupiers shows the new product is already creating a market for itself well before completion.  The building is going to be a very special place to work and do business by the summer.

“Tower 12 is more than just work space.  It is complemented by Avenue North beneath it and we have no fewer than five restaurants under offer, all to be operated by independents with fantastic track records.  It goes to show that if the product is carefully considered and designed, it can be successful and attract different commercial operators who see and share our vision.”

OBI Property is the leasing consultant acting on behalf of Allied London.  Will Lewis, partner, OBI Property said:  “Despite the challenging economic climate, it is testament to the intelligent design of the space created at Tower 12 that we are able to secure lettings before the project is complete.  Occupiers in Manchester appreciate the latest Spinningfields work space and there is strong interest in the remaining space.”

Allied London announces first two office tenants for Tower 12, Spinningfields

Barton Willmore is the largest planning consultancy in the UK and opened its first Manchester office last year.  The company is enjoying rapid expansion and is moving into Tower 12 as it increases its team.

Dan Mitchell, Barton Willmore partner in the Manchester office, said: “We are very excited to move into a new office space to accommodate our expanding team in Manchester and take advantage of the many opportunities across the North West.  Tower 12 will give us a high quality contemporary space in which to grow as a business in the heart of the city.”

Datalex is one of the world’s leading providers of software to major airlines and travel agencies including Air China, Aer Lingus, STA Travel, Trailfinders, United Airlines and The Co-operative Travel.  Datalex was attracted to Tower 12 because it wants to provide an inspirational and forward thinking working environment for its staff.

Mike Naylor, director of business development, Datalex said: “We’re really impressed with the space at Tower 12. Its thoughtful design will provide a great working environment that will allow us to continue to innovate for customers. We’re looking forward to moving in.”

Formerly known as Manchester House, Tower 12 comprises 75,000 sq ft of floor space which includes 40,000 sq ft of office space over ten floors, all sitting above the ten new retail and leisure units which make up Avenue North.

Located in Spinningfields, Tower 12 is connected to Bridge Street via the pedestrian walkway created by Avenue North.  Salford Central train station is just a few minutes walk from Tower 12, while Victoria station, providing access to trams and trains is just five minutes away.

Spinningfields combines world-class architecture and contemporary public space, with a vitality that comes from its exciting mix of offices, retail, restaurants, bars and living space.  The award winning scheme hosts some of Manchester’s biggest calendar events, including outdoor summer cinema Screenfields and Manchester’s Christmas ice rink.  With a total investment of £1.5bn, Spinningfields comprises 427,450 sq m (4,600,000 sq ft) of mixed-use development in the heart of the city centre.