Bruntwood and Legal & General Launch £21m Tech Hub in Manchester

The ‘Base’ is specifically designed for companies working in the Industry 4.0 tech arena and for those training tech staff to support such businesses.

Commercial property firm Bruntwood has teamed up with Legal & General to unveil a £21 million tech hub in Manchester Science Park.

Bruntwood SciTech is a 50:50 joint venture between Bruntwood and Legal & General.

Work on the five-storey, 91,000 sq ft development started in December 2020 and today (21 June) it has reached practical completion. The work was led by main contractor Caddick Construction.

The ‘Base’ is specifically designed for companies working in the Industry 4.0 tech arena and for those training tech staff to support such businesses; including those working in low carbon, light manufacturing, computer and energy technology, gaming and animation.

Bradley Topps, Commercial Director at Bruntwood SciTech, comments: “Base will play a significant role in supporting the growth of Manchester’s knowledge economy and will become a new specialist hub in the city, building on the region’s internationally recognised tech and manufacturing cluster.”

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It is more good news for the fine city of Manchester.

As eWeek UK previously reported, the city’s tech scene is growing thanks to investments like a new Digital Tech Cluster set to create 1,000 jobs in the region and Accenture’s expansion in the UK creating 3,000 jobs across the nation – with Manchester one of the places getting a mention.

Other recent developments include a consortium unveiling a new digital security innovation proposition that aims to bring 1,000 jobs to the digital and cybersecurity sectors in Greater Manchester; and London-based online trading platform CMC Markets bringing good news to Manchester with an investment as it plans to unveil a tech hub in the city.

Base joins a busy Manchester Science Park. The park has 150+ startups, scale ups and global businesses working in digital health, cybersecurity, digital technology, medtech, light manufacturing, biotech and diagnostics.

Base is also the “first major redevelopment” at Manchester Science Park to incorporate a number of sustainability measures which will enable the building to operate at net zero carbon across common areas.

The development of Base is supported by a £15.5 million loan from the North West Evergreen Fund, managed by CBRE’s Investment Advisory team, which is part of CBRE Capital Advisors.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) also awarded a £4 million grant from the Getting Building Fund for the construction of the building in support of the city-region’s “economic recovery from the pandemic”.

Image courtesy of Bruntwood SciTech.

Antony Peyton
Antony Peyton
Antony Peyton is the Editor of eWeek UK. He has 18 years' journalism and writing experience. His career has taken him to China, Japan and the UK - covering tech, fintech and business. Follow on Twitter @TonyFintech.

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