PAI member Matthews & Goodman has advised global digital transformation agency Kin + Carta on the relocation of their North of England headquarters to Manchester’s Spinningfields.
Kin + Carta, whose clients include NatWest, Ford and Unilever, has taken 10,000 sq ft of Grade A workspace in the XYZ Building on a five-year lease at an all-inclusive cost. The workspace will house 160 staff from their Advise, Create and Connect divisions and offers excellent onsite amenities including a gym, café, co-working area and restaurant.
Matthews & Goodman provided end of lease advice on Kin + Carta’s former offices at No.1 First Street to mitigate costs and risk, plus an assessment of options to help guide the client’s decision on whether to ‘stay or go’ at formal lease expiry.
The firm’s Building Consultancy team provided dilapidations advice, as well as overseeing partial reinstatement works which saved the client £100,000 from the terminal claim served by the landlord.
The new space on the 7th floor of XYZ Building supports Kin + Carta’s plans to fully embrace remote and flexible working. It includes breakout rooms, boardrooms, collaboration spaces with standing desks, quiet rooms and an outdoor terrace. The firm is taking the opportunity to repurpose their workspace ahead of staff returning to the office and appointed Matthews & Goodman’s Building Consultancy team to act as Project Monitor for the CAT B fit out works.
David Laws, Partner in Matthews & Goodman’s National Business Space team commented, "This move was completed amidst a global pandemic, when default ‘working from home’ gave rise to huge debate around the future of the office.
"Kin + Carta’s desire to continue to invest in Manchester demonstrates that businesses recognise the value and wider benefit in having a city centre base for staff to come together.
"The firm's new office space provides a perfect example of how workspaces can be repurposed to facilitate blended working practices."
Allied London were advised by OBI.