Friday, May 23, 2014

News: Mencap makes Rotherham move

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The Royal Mencap Society, the UK's leading learning disabilities charity, is merging two South Yorkshire offices into a new facility at the Phoenix Riverside development in Rotherham.

For over 60 years, Mencap has been developing personal and unique services for people with a learning disability, their families and carers. All with the aim of supporting people to live life as they choose.

Until now, the charity's South Yorkshire staff have been working from two separate bases in Rotherham and Sheffield. These have now been consolidated into the new building at Phoenix Riverside so that all 22 staff are in one building.

Developed speculatively by local firm, St Paul's Developments, Phoenix Riverside at Templeborough is a six acre office, 26,000 sq ft office park. Mencap has leased a 5,000 sq ft office building leaving just Unit 2 available with suites from 4,250 sq ft to 8,500 sq ft. Other occupiers include St Paul's themselves, Rotherham Council and procurement experts, In-Tend Ltd.

The Sheffield office of Knight Frank acted for St Paul's Developments and Royal Mencap Society was unrepresented.

Gary Shipley, operations director at Royal Mencap Society, said: "We took the decision to relocate our South Yorkshire staff into one office to enable us to work more efficiently in a fit-for-purpose, modern base. The new building at Phoenix Riverside is ideally located for our staff base, with plenty of parking and open plan internal office accommodation to facilitate a more fluid and sustainable way of working."

David Newton, managing director of St Paul's Developments, added: "The size and layout of our own headquarters at Phoenix Riverside was perfectly suited to Royal Mencap Society, so we decided to relocate into the neighbouring unit to facilitate their move. This is actually the second time we have moved our HQ for an occupier having sold our former base upon request which demonstrates our flexibility as a developer and landlord. We are delighted to welcome Royal Mencap Society to Phoenix Riverside and look forward to securing a tenant for the final Unit 2."

Peter Whiteley, partner at the Sheffield office of Knight Frank, added: "With only one out of the original four offices now available, Phoenix Riverside has proven to be an attractive office destination for occupiers. The remaining building offers grade A accommodation from 4,250 - 8,500 sq ft to let or for sale in this popular location, close to J34 M1 and with good access to both Rotherham and Sheffield. We are also handling interest in the adjacent two acre roadside plot which could suit a number of potential uses as it benefits from main arterial road frontage with significant traffic flow and could deliver an exciting opportunity for either commercial, leisure or amenity uses."

A planning application for a 80-bed hotel and restaurant on the adjacent site was refused by Rotherham Council in 2012 in a bid to protect Rotherham town centre.

Mencap website
St Paul's Developments website

Images: St Paul's

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