Following the departure of financial outsource administrators Ceridian to Braehead in June this year , MEPC found itself with an additional 22,000 sqft of vacant office space on its hands.
Now, a large amount of the former Ceridian space has very quickly been filled following deals with McNicolas Construction, while Amici Procurement will move into part of another pavilion after relocating from Irvine.
McNicholas, who arrived at Hillington just two years ago, will shortly be moving again - this time within the Hillington estate, where it currently occupies mainly industrial premises in Earl Haig Road - to accommodate its expanding Scottish workforce.
The company has agreed a four-year deal with MEPC to take over the whole of No 1 Centura Court, amounting to 10,000 sqft. And McNicholas has already started moving in to its smart and modern new Scottish headquarters, where it expects to double its current workforce of 35 within the next 12 months.
Ken Reavey, the Customer Experience Manager for McNicholas, said: "There’s no doubt that the estate’s infrastructure and facilities - and its proximity to Glasgow Airport - makes it an ideal location to ensure quick access to our customer areas. And Centura Court will project the right image for us when we entertain high-powered executives from our clients."
The property move by McNicholas to higher quality office accommodation effectively doubles the rental value of the company’s presence at Hillington. Grant Edmondson added: "It’s another great example of why so many companies located here seem to enjoy growth and success. We were delighted that McNicholas moved here two years ago and even more pleased that they now want to expand and upgrade with us.
“The key for MEPC is to be able to offer competitive lease packages to attract businesses to Hillington - and, more importantly, to retain them."
Amici Procurement has signed a five-year deal with MEPC that will facilitate their relocation from Irvine to occupy a suite of 2,374 sqft (220 sqm) at a rental value of £10 per sqft. Part of the lease package enables the fitting-out of the space to the company’s specification.
These are two of five office deals recently-completed by MEPC at Hillington Park, and there is said to be plenty of strong interest in the pipeline for other available office properties on the estate.
- BMI Healthcare has already seen previous expansions of its contact centre operations at Hillington Park, and their business is continuing to expand. So the company is taking on additional space at Cameron Court, which adds a further 3,893 sqft (361.6 sqm) to their premises at a headline rent of £8.50 per sqft on a four-year lease term.
- Long-established refrigeration and air conditioning engineering company J & E Hall are relocating to Cameron Court from Port Dundas, and will take occupation of Suite 3 (2,536 sqft (235.6 sqm) in January for a period of five years at £8.50 per sqft. Remarkably, these are exactly the same premises which they left ten years ago, after being based at Hillington for a decade.
- H Robinson is a worldwide logistics company which already had a presence at Hillington Park under the name of Circle Express. Now, under the more familiar worldwide brand name, they are relocating their Scottish office to 69 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, where they have taken on a five-year lease on 1,631 sqft (151 sqm) at a rent of £12.50 per sqft. The premises are the original farmhouse at Hillington, which pre-dates the setting-up of the industrial estate in 1937, but was converted to modern office space in 2000.
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