Rarely has the letting of an office building attracted more attention in a country than IVG's Broadway One building in Glasgow that has now been let. In view of the banking crisis, it was virtually a sensation when Britain's Chancellor Alistair Darling recently announced that Tesco Personal Finance (TPF), one of Great Britain's most rapidly growing financial institutions, would open a new customer service center and create 800 new jobs in Glasgow.
IVG's Broadway One building in central Glasgow.
The expansion program of TPF which will lead to the creation of 2,000 new, highly-skilled jobs in the UK this year alone is seen by the British and Scottish governments as an indication of the fact that the financial crisis has passed its peak.
Andrew Higginson, Chief Executive of Tesco Retail Services, emphasized the extremely beneficial symbolic power of the settlement of a universal bank in the current business climate.
Tesco Personal Finance, which was established in 1997 with its headquarters in Scotland's Edinburgh, today is the largest financial supermarket in the UK. The Customer Service Centre, which the Scottish government will support with a guarantee of more than £5 million, is expected to open by the middle of next year in IVG's Broadway One building. TPF has rented the entire building with a usable floor space of approx. 12,000 m² from IVG for a period of 20 years. It is the single largest letting transaction in the history of the City of Glasgow.
IVG had acquired the property in the city centre of Glasgow just a few blocks away from Glasgow's central railway station in 2007 and completed Broadway One as the first construction phase in May this year, with a total investment of £51.5 million.
The building has been given the highest environmental and energy efficiency rating (BREEAM: 'very good'), and it is equipped with a highly efficient building management system, which will sustainably ensure the building's quality for its users.
IVG's Managing Director David Gibson in London pointed out that the building has been fully let to one of the country's financially strongest companies only a few months after its completion.