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OBI advises Sports fashion brand Castore on their relocation to Manchester

Posted by Evangeline

Posted 29 April, 2021 OBI BLOG

British premium sports fashion brand Castore has agreed a deal to relocate its company headquarters to One Central Street, part of The Albert Estate in Manchester city centre. ...

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OBI has been appointed by Bruntwood Works as leasing consultants on 14 King Street, in Leeds city centre.

Posted by Evangeline

Posted 6 April, 2021 OBI BLOG, Uncategorised

OBI has been appointed by Bruntwood Works as leasing consultants on 14 King Street, in Leeds city centre. Situated in Leeds’ financial quarter, 14 King Street features 37,000 sq ft of Grade A...

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The Staying Connected Series: 4 – Connecting with family and friends

Posted by Evangeline

Posted 25 March, 2021 OBI BLOG

The ability to stay connected in numerous senses has dramatically changed over the past year due to government restrictions and multiple lockdowns. Though staying home protects everyone’s physical h...

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The Staying Connected Series: 3 – How did we come together as a community during lockdown?

Posted by Jordana Anderson

Posted 4 March, 2021 OBI BLOG

The ability to stay connected in numerous senses has dramatically changed over the past eleven months due to government restrictions and multiple lockdowns. Though staying home protects everyone’s p...

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THG and OBI

Posted by Will Lewis

Posted 4 March, 2021 OBI BLOG

We first met THG back in 2013 where we won a competitive pitch to represent the business on a new office acquisition. We immediately connected with the buzz and energy of this exciting business, and t...

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The Staying Connected Series: 2 – The power of connecting business sectors

Posted by Will Lewis

Posted 1 March, 2021 After Work, OBI BLOG, Uncategorised

The ability to stay connected in numerous senses has dramatically changed over the past eleven months due to government restrictions and multiple lockdowns. Though staying home protects everyone’s p...

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The Staying Connected Series: 1 – The power of workplace connections

Posted by Kate Demmerling

Posted 24 February, 2021 After Work, OBI BLOG, Uncategorised

The ability to stay connected in numerous senses has dramatically changed over the past eleven months due to government restrictions and multiple lockdowns. Although staying home protects everyone’s...

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Schroders announces new letting to private bank Brown Shipley at No. 1 Spinningfields

Posted by Evangeline

Posted 9 February, 2021 OBI BLOG, Uncategorised

Schroder Real Estate Investment Management (‘Schroders’) today announces an occupier reshuffle at its landmark Manchester city centre scheme, No. 1 Spinningfields, as it reveals a new letting to B...

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New occupiers secured at St. James’s Tower as investment into building continues apace

Posted by Evangeline

Posted 2 February, 2021 OBI BLOG, Uncategorised

OBI has announced a double letting at St James’s Tower in Manchester, after it carried out a full refurbishment of its 7th and 14th floors. Both floors were delivered fully fitted, with meeting r...

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OBI has been appointed by Bruntwood SciTech as leasing consultants on Platform in Leeds city centre.

Posted by Evangeline

Posted 22 January, 2021 OBI BLOG, OBI NEWS, Uncategorised

The asset comprises 120,000 sq ft grade A workspace over 13 floors on New Station Street. Platform is already home to 100 digital tech businesses such as Northcoders and Digibete. Bruntwood SciTe...

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Ancoats’ Huckletree continues growth streak as Regital takes new workspace at co-working space

Posted by OBI

Posted 10 November, 2020 OBI NEWS

Programmatic marketing specialist Regital has taken an office at Ancoats-based Huckletree, following a period of planned and sustained growth. The deal was completed by OBI. The firm was founde...

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Seeking flexible and fitted workspace? Find out how OBI can help.

Posted by Debbie Meredith

Posted 4 November, 2020 OBI BLOG

Prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, the demand for flexible workspace had been increasing year-on-year and this trend has accelerated since the start of the pandemic. The outbreak has had a big impa...

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Manchester Workspace Market Update

Posted by Andrew Crabtree

Posted 3 November, 2020 OBI BLOG

Despite Office take up in Q3 2020 remaining subdued at 80,448 sq ft across 29 transactions, headline rents continued to grow in the city centre. OBI were involved in two ‘off market’ transactions ...

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Leeds Rebounds with Q3 Office Take-Up

Posted by Oliver Stainsby

Posted 30 October, 2020 OBI BLOG

After a subdued second quarter of workspace transactions in Leeds city centre, which saw the majority of live requirements being paused, take-up was significantly enhanced during Q3, correlating with ...

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TRANSFORMATION OF MANCHESTER’S ICONIC KENDALS BUILDING SET TO BOOST CITY’S ECONOMY

Posted by OBI

Posted 14 October, 2020 OBI BLOG, Uncategorised

New plans to transform Manchester’s iconic ‘Kendals’ building on Deansgate into world class offices have been unveiled today, with the scheme expected to play an important role in creating j...

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Department at Bonded Warehouse – one of Manchester’s hidden gems

Posted by Andrew Crabtree

Posted 13 October, 2020 OBI BLOG

Andrew Crabtree, who recently joined OBI’s Transactional & Asset Management Team, provides an insight into one of Manchester’s hidden gems and most impressive managed workspace operators; Departme...

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Repurpose Trend Emerges on Scale

Posted by Jessica England

Posted 9 October, 2020 OBI BLOG

It’s safe to say that there have been few industries which haven’t been negatively impacted by the ongoing pandemic. However, some stand out more than others, and in particular the economic impact...

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Continuing to adapt

Posted by OBI

Posted 8 October, 2020 OBI BLOG

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OBI advises Davis Blank Furniss on their relocation to Deva City

Posted by OBI

Posted 1 October, 2020 OBI BLOG

Advised by OBI, legal firm Davis Blank Furniss has taken 4,700 sq ft at the development off Trinity Way in Salford on a six-year lease, relocating from long-term home 90 Deansgate, where it occupi...

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How can healthtech power the North in a post-COVID world and how will COVID-19 transform the healthtech sector

Posted by OBI

Posted 22 September, 2020 OBI BLOG

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How can GM become a global cyber super hub?

Posted by OBI

Posted 22 September, 2020 OBI BLOG

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Returning to Manchester

Posted by OBI

Posted 14 September, 2020 OBI BLOG

RETURNING TO MANCHESTER...

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Former LSH director appointed to strengthen OBI’s capital markets team

Posted by OBI

Posted 28 July, 2020 OBI NEWS

Former LSH director appointed to strengthen OBI’s capital markets team Commercial real estate consultancy hires Scott Gemmell from Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) following expansion of capital marke...

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Q2 Market Update – OBI secure 82% of leasing activity across subdued quarter

Posted by Paul Mills

Posted 23 July, 2020 OBI BLOG

As anticipated, the impacts of COVID-19 on the Manchester office market were realised in the second quarter of 2020 with many businesses temporarily pausing their office relocations. However, despite ...

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CHARACTER PROFILING FOR THE WORKPLACE

Posted by Kate Jackson

Posted 22 July, 2020 OBI BLOG

“Exceptional employee experience doesn’t happen accidentally - it is the result of an approach that puts the employee and their role in the organisation at the centre of leadership’s att...

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The Future Workplace – Survey Results

Posted by Jordana Anderson and Kate Jackson

Posted 1 July, 2020 OBI BLOG

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THE WHEELS ARE TURNING AGAIN FOR MANCHESTER’S OFFICES

Posted by Richard Lace

Posted 9 June, 2020 OBI BLOG

Following a strong year in 2019 for the Manchester workspace market, the first quarter of 2020 had continued in the same positive way, with several high-profile occupiers, both homegrown and inw...

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OBI – Creating and maintaining a positive work-from-home culture.

Posted by Jordana Anderson

Posted 29 May, 2020 OBI BLOG

Last week was Mental Health Awareness Week, with a focus on the power and potential of kindness. A small act of kindness can be the antidote to shifting a negative feeling, or simply making a pers...

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Office Ventilation Guidelines during Covid-19

Posted by Ruth Goldacre

Posted 6 May, 2020 OBI BLOG

One of the biggest challenges facing employers at this time of uncertainty is making sense of the building they occupy. Advice and guidance may mention drastic changes to previously automatic inte...

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Social Distancing – Lifts

Posted by Ruth Goldacre

Posted 4 May, 2020 OBI BLOG

As we have identified in our Landlord and Occupier Guides to Returning to Work Safely, there is no doubt that the biggest challenge will be managing and enforcing social distancing. Social cont...

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Returning to work safely: COVID-19

Posted by Evangeline Basson

Posted 30 April, 2020 OBI NEWS

It’s no surprise we are receiving more enquires each day from clients asking for advice about returning to work safely, which is why we have gathered everything we know so far and created ...

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It’s more than just a desk, it has been for a while..

Posted by Rob Prescott

Posted 27 April, 2020 OBI BLOG

The immediate effects of COVID-19 are clear for all to see, and with the lockdown being increased for a minimum of 3 weeks, we are going to have to adapt further to the situation over the coming w...

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Embracing Technology in these times of Social Distancing

Posted by Graham Thorpe

Posted 3 April, 2020 OBI BLOG

In the current pandemic it is proving more difficult to survey buildings safely and quickly whilst complying with the Government’s requirement to socially distance. It is therefore more important th...

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The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) and site operating procedures

Posted by Ruth Goldacre

Posted 2 April, 2020 OBI BLOG

As a result of the pandemic, the circumstances that face every construction professional are untested. Most organisation’s disaster contingency planning have probably not contemplated somethin...

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Being “connected” and the office environment after Covid_19

Posted by Nicola Woods

Posted 1 April, 2020 OBI BLOG

Before Covid_19 we already had more and more clients requesting agile working in their office environments. Wanting different spaces their employees can work in to allow for both the introverts and ex...

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Improving your Home Connectivity

Posted by Ruth Goldacre

Posted 31 March, 2020 OBI BLOG

Working from home sounds like an attractive option for many when they are up early for a long commute to a challenging day in the office. But now we have no other option but to work from home, n...

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What to do when temporarily closing a construction site

Posted by Ollie Chadwick

Posted 31 March, 2020 OBI BLOG

As more and more Government guidelines come into place regarding Covid-19, it is evident that construction sites have an increasing pressure to maintain health and safety, protecting their operatives ...

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Coronavirus and Building Contracts in Construction

Posted by Ruth Goldacre

Posted 30 March, 2020 OBI BLOG

The outbreak of COVID-19 has caused many of us to examine contracts we are party to and ask the all-important question: What exactly is force majeure? What is covered by force majeure may well b...

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Staying Active Whilst Working From Home

Posted by Kate Jackson & Paul Mills

Posted 29 March, 2020 OBI BLOG

We’re all fully aware of the importance of exercise for both its health benefits and mental wellbeing. During all of this uncertainty that we’re living in at the moment, doing one form of activity...

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Home Working With Pets; A Survival Guide

Posted by Kate Demmerling

Posted 27 March, 2020 OBI BLOG

As a result of recent events many of us have now been thrust into the home working world, finding ourselves having to share our workspaces with family members and partners who might not be too happy t...

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A Natural Workspace

Posted by Darius Baniabassian

Posted 26 March, 2020 OBI BLOG

Wellbeing is a word that is constantly being circulated around yet what does it mean for the home working environment? We all have a need to think more positively and free ourselves from the daily str...

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Let there be light…

Posted by Andrew Crompton

Posted 25 March, 2020 OBI BLOG

Replicating your office environment at home is certainly challenging but following our previous advice, once you have a suitable desk and your ergonomic task chair set up, you’re pretty much sor...

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Here to Help

Posted by OBI

Posted 24 March, 2020 OBI NEWS

I trust you, your family and your colleagues are staying well in these difficult times. The true scale of the impact of Covid-19 is yet to be realised. As we all adjust to the current climate and t...

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OBI ‘Home Working’

Posted by Jessica England

Posted 23 March, 2020 OBI BLOG

OBI wants to offer our support and advice on all things that will help you setup and manage your business successfully from home in these difficult times. We will provide you with helpful tips ...

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Creative industry veteran Jules Shale joins Studio OBI

Posted by OBI

Posted 17 February, 2020 OBI NEWS

Jules named managing director of integrated creative agency which boasts clients in sectors including tech, recruitment, law, property and fashion. Jules Shale has been named managing director of S...

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Will Lewis on 10 years of OBI

Posted by OBI

Posted 3 February, 2020 OBI BLOG

OBI is 10 years old and I’ve loved every minute of the past decade. There have been plenty of highs, but the journey hasn’t been without its challenges. When I think back, we must have been ma...

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OBI 5G refresher — featuring WiredScore

Posted by Rob Prescott

Posted 23 January, 2020 OBI BLOG

Download PDF The roll out of 5G is progressing across the world, there are several reasons to be excited when considering how this will affect workspace in the future. This blog will re...

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Schroders appoints OBI for Manchester’s City Tower

Posted by OBI

Posted 23 January, 2020 OBI NEWS

Schroders has appointed OBI to be the real estate consultant and joint leasing agent for one of Manchester’s largest commercial towers. More than 70 tenants are currently based inside City Tower,...

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Headline rents in Leeds city centre office market to reach new high

Posted by OBI

Posted 14 January, 2020 OBI NEWS

That’s the view of commercial real estate consultancy OBI, retained agents on the recently approved 330,000 sq ft Wellington scheme – which will become one of the largest multi-occupied workspace ...

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OBI adds Oliver Stainsby to Leeds team

Posted by OBI

Posted 9 January, 2020 OBI NEWS

Commercial real estate consultancy hires Oliver Stainsby from Colliers International following opening of Leeds city centre office OBI has appointed Oliver Stainsby to launch its Leeds office follo...

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OBI opens café bar and business venue ‘The Difference’

Posted by OBI

Posted 12 December, 2019 OBI NEWS

The multi-functional high-tech events and meeting space on Mosley Street offers ‘grab & go’ coffee, pizza and a bar Commercial real estate consultancy OBI has opened a multi-functional café b...

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To good health?

Posted by Oliver Stainsby

Posted 10 December, 2019 OBI BLOG

The NHS is once again the topic of hot debate, being thrust centre stage in the General Election with various promises tabled by the respective parties. There are no doubt strains and challenges ahea...

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OBI completes letting at Fifteen on Quay Street

Posted by OBI

Posted 4 December, 2019 OBI NEWS

The Manchester-based commercial real estate consultancy has let 3,665 sq ft to a leading global supplier of financial software following designing and project managing the refurbishments to the recept...

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Transformation of landmark Express Building completes

Posted by OBI

Posted 11 November, 2019 OBI NEWS

Commercial real estate consultancy OBI has project managed the full-scale restoration of the 77,500 sq ft grade II* listed building The transformation of the iconic Express Building is now complet...

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Leeds and co-working: what next?

Posted by Rob Prescott

Posted 11 November, 2019 OBI BLOG

It might not be making many headlines, but the appetite among businesses for co-working and managed workspaces has shown no signs of slowing in Leeds and other key regional cities through 2019. Th...

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Walk this way – what a £20m pedestrianisation project will do for Leeds

Posted by Oliver Stainsby

Posted 11 November, 2019 OBI BLOG

One thing we’ve heard and seen a lot down the years, in masterplans and development launches, is people talk about a “European-style café culture,” usually side by side with “the 24-hour city...

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OBI Academy launches to ‘nurture rising stars’

Posted by OBI

Posted 11 November, 2019 OBI NEWS

Manchester headquartered commercial real estate consultancy OBI has launched its own training academy in a bid to attract new talent. OBI has handpicked four members of staff to participate in its ...

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OBI reveal global workspace provider letting at St James’s Tower

Posted by OBI

Posted 11 November, 2019 OBI NEWS

The Manchester-based commercial real estate consultancy has let 26,359 sq ft to Regus – who will take space over four floors OBI has completed a letting of 26,359 sq ft at St James’s Tower to g...

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Stoke City delighted to welcome OBI as an Official Platinum Partner of the Club

Posted by OBI

Posted 30 July, 2019 OBI NEWS

OBI has agreed a two-year agreement as an official platinum partner of Stoke City Football Club. Stoke City, known as ‘The Potters, welcomed OBI to the club and said the company’s branding will...

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Beyond the Millennials

Posted by Nicola Woods

Posted 23 July, 2019 OBI BLOG

With different generations wanting different things, workplace design is in a state of flux. OBI’s Nicky Woods looks at who’s driving the market and how things are changing Workplace design fee...

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Law firm Keoghs takes next step in Capital

Posted by OBI

Posted 18 July, 2019 OBI NEWS

Keoghs, the Bolton headquartered leading provider of claims-related services to insurers, has acquired almost 7,500 sq. ft of workspace in the City of London. The company, which also has offices in...

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Uncertainty & Flexibility – Hand in Hand

Posted by OBI

Posted 16 July, 2019 OBI BLOG

In 2016, we released a blog with a strong message to landlords: ‘Adapt or Die’. The blog was intended to act as a warning, something to educate non-believers in the world of property that landlord...

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Studio OBI & My Role in OBI Explained

Posted by Joe Averill

Posted 16 July, 2019 OBI BLOG

A few people have recently asked, why has a real estate advisory launched a creative agency and what does that mean for your role at OBI? Here’s a little more context to explain what it means for ou...

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OBI – A History of Innovation

Posted by OBI

Posted 16 July, 2019 OBI BLOG

At OBI we have a unique philosophy which places the client at the heart of every innovation we make, complemented by a hunger to remain at the forefront of the real estate industry, adopting the lates...

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OBI announces Leeds expansion

Posted by OBI

Posted 8 July, 2019 OBI NEWS

OBI, the commercial real estate consultancy responsible for 42% of the total office space transacted in Manchester city centre last year, has revealed that it is to launch a presence in Leeds. Foun...

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Flexible, a new age – how far can you bend?

Posted by Joe Averill

Posted 14 November, 2018 OBI BLOG

The proportion of workspace leased that is classed as “flexible” is, you may have noticed, going through the roof. This raises a few questions: Is conventional workspace dead? Why the sudden rise...

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ADVAM in move to Fairbairn Buildings

Posted by OBI

Posted 1 November, 2018 OBI NEWS

Leading world payment solutions business ADVAM has acquired the 3,035 sq ft first floor of the Fairbairn Buildings, 70-72 Sackville Street, Manchester on a ten year lease. ADVAM, which also has tea...

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