A guide to serviced offices and office space for rent in Liverpool as well as general information that may be useful if you are thinking of renting office space in the city.
Liverpool and Merseyside
Liverpool itself is just over 800 years old, having been officially founded in 1207 after King John awarded the northern English site a royal charter. The port was not a particularly significant one during the following 500 years or so but as British boats began to sail further and further afield, so Liverpool gained a more prominent role in both internal and external commerce.
The relatively recent history of the region has been entwined with the break-neck pace of development characteristic of the industrial revolution, in which Liverpool and the north-west in general played a major role.
Many of the city’s most identifiable and historically important buildings date from the end of the 19th century, by which time Liverpool was one of the busiest ports in Europe, with more than a third of world trade heading through the mouth of the Mersey.
An influx of immigrants from various parts of the world but principally from Ireland saw the city’s population explode in the second half of the 19th century and much of Liverpool’s present identity is based on the idea of a somewhat exotic and diverse cultural heritage.
Liverpool is the principal urban site in the region of Merseyside, which covers around 150 square miles in the north-west of England, just north-east of Wales. There are currently around 1.3 million people living in the area, which is divided into the boroughs of St Helens, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and the Wirral.
A hundred years or so ago, Liverpool and the huge amount of trade that came through its docks was so central to the British economy that it contributed even more than London to the national coffers. While the city can no longer claim to out-do the capital it still among the largest and most significant economic centres in the UK.
Like much of the country and particularly the north of England, the 1980s were lean economic times for Liverpool but there has been a notable resurgence and in some ways a striking process of rejuvenation since the end of the last century. Much of the city’s economy is now based on having a highly competitive services and tourism sector, as well there being a strong presence in media, information technology and life science industries.
The revival of Liverpool as a vibrant and dynamic English destination has been based at least in part on a re-imagining of it’s expansive maritime heritage and combining that with all the aspects visitors expect from a modern European city.
Even a short walk through the city becomes almost a journey through time as modern architectural icons stand side-by-side with some of the most impressive structures from Victorian or Edwardian England.
There is a strong supply of serviced office space, managed offices, leasehold offices, virtual offices and meeting rooms available to rent in Liverpool and the city’s commercial property sector has not been as badly affected by the economic downturn as might have been the case. Indeed, a joint report from the Professional Liverpool and Liverpool Vision organisations shows that more office space was let in the city’s central business district in 2009 than ever before.
However, the same report makes clear that office space in a number of different areas of the city have seen a sharp decrease in demand and the supply of Grade A office space in the central business district fell during 2012, with only 178,000 sq ft available and ready for occupation at the end of the year.
Overall, there is still reckoned to be a good amount of office space to rent in Liverpool and the diversity of the local economy means the underlying trends in the commercial property sector are solid enough to justify optimism going forward.
The train lines between Liverpool and the other great north-western city of Manchester are the oldest commercial rail links to be found anywhere in the world and are still among the most used in the UK.
As well as Manchester, trains head in and out of Liverpool’s main Lime Street station from a host of other English cities, including Birmingham, Nottingham, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and London, with the Pendolino vehicles getting passengers to the capital in just over two hours.
Motorways and major roads link Liverpool with the rest of the country in almost every direction and where the Irish Sea intervenes there are all manner of passenger boats and ferries heading in and out of the city’s main harbour.
In terms of air travel, Liverpool is well served by what is now known as the John Lennon Airport after the legendary local and much-loved Beatle. Millions of passengers use the airport on an annual basis and flights are handled daily, to and from a variety of UK and European destinations.
Liverpool’s culture is based on its rich heritage as a hugely significant port and a centre of world trade for several centuries but it has more recently been defined by its musicians, who are among the most popular of all time. The Beatles changed the face of rock and roll music back in the 1960′s and Liverpool has ever since been making considerable contributions to the pop and rock charts.
Many of the biggest acts in world music perform at the Echo Arena and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic remains as popular as ever, while there are a number of nationally, if not internationally, renowned museums and art galleries, as well as shops, restaurants and hotels as good as any in the world.
Perhaps summing up the enthusiasm the people of Liverpool have for both their cultural past and present, the docks were awarded Unesco World Heritage status in 2004 and the city was names as the European Capital of Culture in 2008.
There are few places in the world more passionate about their sports teams than Liverpool and the red-blue divide of Liverpool FC and Everton FC in many ways define the character of the city. Both teams play in the English Premier League and attract tens of thousands of die-hard supporters to their home matches on a weekly basis.
Apart from football, Liverpool and its surrounding areas play host to a number of other world famous sporting events, including the Grand National horse race and the Open Championship golf tournament.