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600 Jobs For City Centre As Auto Trader Move In

Good start to the year for employment in regional centre

Published on February 24th 2014.

600 Jobs For City Centre As Auto Trader Move In

FIRST STREET has gained a major letting after securing Auto Trader as a tenant.

The take up of 60,000 sq ft will enable Auto Trader to move its 600 strong North West team to one central location.

Number One First Street, the existing Grade A office building on Ask's 3 million sq ft mixed use development at First Street, is now almost two-thirds let following the Auto Trader deal.

The take up of 60,000 sq ft on a 15 year lease across 2.5 floors in Number One First Street will enable Auto Trader to move its 600 strong North West team – currently spread over seven sites – to one central location.

Following fit-out of the space, which includes four cars and two vans into the building’s workspace, Auto Trader will complete occupancy in May 2014.

Auto Trader will be joining engineering services provider Jacobs and digital marketing consultancy Amaze in Number One First Street.  Jacobs signed a 10-year lease agreement to take 23,526 sq ft and will complete its move to First Street in June 2014.

John Hughes, Managing Director of Ask Developments, commented, “We are delighted to welcome Auto Trader to Number One First Street and also to kick-start the new year with a 60,000 sq ft letting. We are also hopeful of being in a position to announce further letting news in the coming weeks.

“The strong performance and interest in Number One First Street clearly proves that the ambitious First Street development will be a key driver for Manchester in the years to come and will provide attractive opportunities for both existing and inward occupiers to the City Centre.

 “Our existing building will soon be part of a new cultural neighbourhood, anchored by HOME, the merged Cornerhouse and Library Theatre Company, a project  which represents £75m of investment in offices, restaurants, retail, leisure and residential space when this  phase completes in  April 2015."

The ease of access to Oxford Road Station and to Princess Parkway and points west was a major factor in Auto Trader's decision to move; as was the increased visibility and ability to network that a major city centre offers. 

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11 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousFebruary 20th 2014.

This is good news but honestly what a diabolically ugly scheme. An exercise in accountancy rather than place making that the developers and their contractors should simply not be allowed to get away with. Now the scheme has secured some decent lettings I hope the public purse can benefit from some kind of return.

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AnonymousFebruary 21st 2014.

Look out for phase 2, which has now gone to planning, with decision apparently due in May. Will include a 20- storey tower but not seen any designs yet...

SquirrelitoFebruary 23rd 2014.

you'll want to see this then. Page 5 onwards www.firststreetmanchester.com/…/First_Street_South_Development_Proposal.pdf…

AnonnyFebruary 21st 2014.

They're going to need a bigger butty van....

AnonymousFebruary 21st 2014.

'600 jobs for City centre' somewhat misleading, no?

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AnonymousFebruary 21st 2014.

Anon, Auto Trader is consolidating other sites to one big office at First Street... so it's 600 jobs here and 600 less elsewhere (e.g. Salford Quays). The misleading bit is the statement "Good start to the year for employment in regional centre" as these aren't new jobs.

AnonymousFebruary 21st 2014.

That's exactly what I meant

James SmithFebruary 21st 2014.

The area looks very dull, in fact, it looks bloody awful. Another missed opportunity. Am i right in thinking that Leeds has a city architect? You know, somebody with abit of knowledge, ability and an ideology of how the place should look. Rather than a part time clueless Councillor approving multimillion pound schemes that will be in place for the next 50 or so years. Manchester really needs to sort itself out as far as that is concerned. It really does.

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AnonymousFebruary 21st 2014.

Well said

AnonymousFebruary 21st 2014.

My cat's breath smells like cat food

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rinkydinkFebruary 23rd 2014.

Sounds a bit fishy to me...

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