TWO new grade A office buildings in Birkenhead have been described as the 'best in class' as potential tenants open discussions to secure space in the development.
The buildings – Mallory & Irvine – are named after mountaineers from Wirral, George Mallory and Birkenhead-born Andrew Irvine, whose pioneering efforts with highly experimental oxygen equipment are believed by many to have led to the conquest of Everest in 1924.
All but one floor of Mallory will be occupied by Wirral Council for its new civic headquarters, with the top floor extending to 19,377 square feet available to the market.
At a launch event for the £75m development, forward-funded by Canada Life, attendees heard that the two buildings, totalling around 150,000 square feet, represented a continuance of Birkenhead’s 'pioneering spirit' – and learned how the two blocks were the first in a series of major interventions set to transform the town centre.
Lettings agent Neil Kirkham of CBRE says early interest in Irvine is very encouraging, with talks underway with several potential occupiers.
During a launch event for the office buildings on Wednesday (November 8)Wirral Council leader, councillor Paul Stuart said: "The two buildings are the first of a series of major interventions that will transform central Birkenhead over the next decade.
Wirral Council leader, councillor Paul Stuart during the Mallory Irvine launch event on Wednesday (November 8) (Image: Merrion Strategy)“Birkenhead has an extraordinary history to draw upon, not least reflected in the names of these offices, Mallory and Irvine, and of course Alice Ker Square where they are located, named for the pioneering doctor and suffragette.
"These offices are just the start of what will be massive transformation in Birkenhead town centre, a key part of our ambitious regeneration plans set to deliver real and positive change for residents, businesses and visitors across the whole Left Bank.
"I look forward to soon welcoming tenants to take office space here as we forge ahead towards an exciting future for the town and the whole of the borough."
Lettings agent Neil Kirkham of CBRE Neil Kirkham believes the development’s location will enable occupiers to tap into both Wirral and Liverpool’s large populations, as well as their commercial cores.
He explained: "We're a minute from Birkenhead bus station and just two minutes' walk for Conway Park Merseyrail station, itself only two stops from Liverpool’s Pier Head.
"In addition, boasting more than 1,300 car spaces within a 200 metre walk, these offices offer all the benefits of a business park location in the heart of a town centre environment. Occupiers seeking connectivity to clients and workforce, with an eclectic mix of retail and food and beverage offerings, have it all, right on their doorstep.
“These are the only Grade A buildings being completed in the Liverpool city region in 2023 and they offer the very latest in sustainability and wellness, which are very much top of the agenda from an occupier’s perspective".