Following on from a successful 2013, this year is off to a positive start for MAG Property as multimodal transportation software company Kewill, has taken a 10,000 sq ft office in 4M at Manchester Airport.
With offices worldwide, Kewill is a leading provider of innovative software for supply chain execution, with a comprehensive end-to-end software platform for managing the complexities of transportation, logistics and trade compliance. Kewill currently supports in excess of 7,500 companies in more than 100 countries with clients including Shop Direct Group, Heineken and Hankyu Hanshin Express in the UK.
John Atkins, Property Director for Manchester Airports Group (MAG), said: “We are delighted to welcome Kewill to Manchester Airport where they are in good company alongside other international firms such as Etihad, Handlesbanken and Sherwin Williams. They are well located within our Airport City north site development, which will see the surrounding area transformed into an International Business Hub within the next 10 years. The letting sees our prime office stock rise to 94% occupancy, showcasing a real opportunity for new businesses attracted to Airport City.”
Kewill’s decision to take up space in 4M highlights the growing need for easy international transport options, with its office situated within an enviable location, forming part of the wider Airport City project at Manchester Airport. It is located within walking distance of the airport’s passenger terminals, enabling direct access to 200 plus destinations served by over 65 airlines.
Jan-Paul Boos, SVP EMEA from Kewill said: “As a global software provider, we were looking for an internationally accessible location for our new UK office. The new premises on-site at Manchester Airport will make visiting us very easy for employees, customers and partners from the UK and worldwide, as well as providing state-of-the art office space and meeting and training facilities to meet the needs of our growing business.”
Situated within a two hour drive-time of 60% of all UK businesses, Manchester Airport offers unrivalled connectivity across the UK and abroad. As well as access to worldwide destinations, it has an extensive ground transport infrastructure and on-site rail, bus and coach interchange, which allows for easy site access day and night.
Kewill took possession on 1st January 2014 and MAG Property was advised by property agents CBRE and WHR. Tony Howcroft, Associate Director at WHR said: “Manchester Airport is one of the region’s best connected business locations, with an unrivalled range of transport links – ranging from an international airport and motorway connections to a national mainline train station and future Metrolink extension. This transport connectivity and the international access was one of the key drivers for Kewill’s relocation to Manchester Airport.
“Demand for office space at the airport remains strong within the existing portfolio and MAG Property has successfully completed a number of the larger deals in South Manchester over the past year, which supports their aspirations to develop new build office stock at Airport City.”
MAG Property – formerly MAG Developments – is the property, development and facilities management arm of UK airport group MAG, owner of Manchester, London Stansted, East Midlands and Bournemouth airports.
MAG Property is also leading the £800 million flagship Enterprise Zone development project, Airport City, at Manchester Airport. The north site of Airport City will be a world-class business district, comprising of 1m sq ft of offices, 650k sq ft of advanced manufacturing, circa 2,400 hotel beds, 100k sq ft amenity & retail and multi-storey car parks. It will be set around a new 13 acre central park area with new wide green bridges across the M56 airport spur road.