Posted by Zoe Boddy-McEwen

Posted 17 May, 2012 OBI NEWS

A design agency backed by rock star Peter Gabriel is to take space at the new Tower 12 in Manchester’s Spinningfields.  Landlord Allied London said Great Fridays will move into the building when it is completed this summer.

Great Fridays, which was founded in Manchester and has offices in London and San Francisco, said it was making the move from its current base in Parsonage Chambers to accommodate its growing team.  The business was established in 2008, and is targeting revenues of £3m for this year as it seeks further contract wins.

The firm, owned by Matt Farrar and Rob Noble, specialises in platforms for the web, mobile phones, games consoles and the iPad and iPhone.  Peter Gabriel has a minority stake in the business via his Real World Holdings company.  It has clients including Vodafone, Adobe, Thomson Reuters, Gucci and Orange.

Mr Farrar said: “It is important to us that our team have the best working environment in Manchester, and we are confident we have found it.”

Allied London chief executive Michael Ingall said: “It shows the space we are creating is exactly what the market is looking for at this time, and I am very pleased the building is filling up well before it is finished.”

OBI Property is the sole leasing consultant and project manager acting on behalf of Allied London.  Will Lewis, partner, OBI Property said: “It’s great to build on the success of the initial lettings.  To have concluded four pre-let transactions on a refurbishment project really does confirm how occupiers understand the type of product we are creating at Tower 12.  The building is far more than a conventional office and the mixed use nature of the future retail and leisure operators provides a great mix”.