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University acquires new office building to support its Strategy 2016

31 Great George Street - Reception

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24 January 2017

The University Strategy envisages that the area in and around Tyndall Avenue will be transformed in the coming years, to create a student focussed heart for the Clifton Campus. As a consequence, the Estates Office is arranging for the leasing of good quality office space within reasonable proximity to the Campus, for the relocation of Professional Services staff. The first such acquisition has now been completed, with the signing of leases on the recently refurbished office building 31 Great George Street. The contractor Overbury will shortly start fit out work for the University, that will enable moves into the building to take place in May 2017.  

It is planned that 31 Great George Street, where the University is leasing three floors of approximately 34,000 square ft., will be occupied by the divisions of IT Services and External Relations. These two divisions are currently spread over multiple sites and will have the opportunity to collocate the significant majority of their staff. The space will be fitted out to a high standard and will provide an attractive and effective working environment for over 300 members of staff.

Commenting on the transaction, Patrick Finch, Bursar and Director of Estates, said:

“This acquisition marks the beginning of a substantial programme of staff relocations that the University will undertake to support its strategic objectives. We are particularly pleased to have secured space in Great George Street, which is a high quality office building with good open plan layouts. Its location, within a 15 minute walk of the campus and on the edge of Brandon Hill, should make it a popular one with staff. I hope that the building will provide an effective new home for the two divisions relocating there.” 

The acquisition of Great George Street is just a part of the University’s relocation project and further announcements will be made in the coming months.