A guide to serviced offices and office space for rent in Warrington as well as general information that may be useful if you are looking to rent office space in the town.
History & Geography
Warrington is located on the banks of the River Mersey in northwest England, approximately 16 miles east of Liverpool. Since ancient times the area has been a strategically important crossing point of the river, and the area has been occupied without pause since the Roman invasion of Britain. The town played an important part in the English Civil War and later in the 19th century became an important centre of the steel, textiles, brewing and chemical industries. The town’s heavy industry declined in the 1970s and 80s, however Warrington managed to reinvent itself as a centre of light industry, distribution, service and technology. Since then the town has also become a major retail and headquarters centre.
Despite its proximity to major cities like Liverpool and Manchester, Warrington has held its own as one of the most popular shopping destinations in northwest England. The town recently modernized its centre and refurbished its largest shopping mall, the Golden Square. It also has a large indoor market and the first IKEA in the UK. Recently the town was the site of an award winning new redevelopment at the centre of Buttermarket Street, Horsemarket Street, Sankey Street and Bridge Street. Currently a major business park on the outskirts of the town is being developed. It is located on 575 acres on the former Burtonwood Airbase and will be developed over the next 30 years.
Warrington has a number of landmarks and cultural sites, including Parr Hall, the town’s concert hall. Also of note are Warrington’s many idyllic parks, the largest of which are Paddington Meadows, Risley Moss, Woolston Eyes and Rixton Claypits. Warrington also holds a number of annual festivals every year, the most notable being Warrington Walking Day, held on the closest Friday to the last day of June when the town centre is closed to traffic and the churches walk together through the streets. Rugby is the most popular sport in Warrington and the town’s Rugby league team, the Warrington Wolves have played every season in the top flight of the league.
Warrington has two railway stations, Bank Quay on the West Coast Main Line between London Euston and Glasgow Central and also the Manchester Piccadilly to North Wales Line. The second station is Central and is on the Liverpool to Manchester line. In the town itself Warrington Borough Transport runs and extensive bus network and First Group and Arriva provide bus links to surrounding towns and cities such as Manchester and Liverpool.
Despite the financial crisis and resulting recession, Warrington’s economy has remained relatively steady, especially in comparison with other towns of similar size in the UK. The town has a strong private sector economy and a highly skilled workforce, which have contributed to its economic success. However the town’s office market was affected by the downturn. Currently prime rent in Warrington stands at approximately 176 GBP per square metre per annum. Currently it is a renter’s market with landlords willing to give generous incentives in an effort to avoid empty stock.