STEELWORKERS UNION MOVES INTO ICONIC CARGO FLEET OFFICES

STEELWORKERS UNION MOVES INTO ICONIC CARGO FLEET OFFICES

 

A leading steelworkers union has moved into the iconic Cargo Fleet Offices, which has been central to the iron and steel industry in Teesside for almost a century, to connect to the region’s heritage.
 
Community Trade Union, which represents more than 2,500 steelworkers in Teesside as well as workers from other sectors, is the ninth tenant to move into the building that was restored recently by commercial developer and regeneration specialist Python Properties.
 
The nationwide union has a well-established history in the region spanning back to the First World War and has moved from its former premises of approximately forty years to Cargo Fleet Offices due to its industrial heritage.
 
The three-story Edwardian building, which was originally built by Cargo Fleet Iron Company in 1916, was formerly the headquarters of British Steel Teesside and then subsequently Redcar and Cleveland Council.
 
Nicola Wells, Campaign Administrator of Community Trade Union, said: “We have followed the progress of the restoration of Cargo Fleet Offices ever since Python Properties first purchased the building. We were drawn instantly to the building’s history and links to the industry.
 
“When we attended the launch event of Cargo Fleet Offices in the summer we were impressed especially with how they had preserved original features of the building and celebrate the history of the industry within the Heritage Gallery.”
 
Community Trade Union is also an avid supporter and donor to the British Steel Achieve Project, which has exhibited pieces within the Heritage Gallery at Cargo Fleet Offices.
 
Python Properties has reported being in negotiations with a further ten tenants about Cargo Fleet Offices and is expected to start filling the upper floors of the building within early 2012. This will involve the installation of a new glass lift within the existing historic and decorative lift cage
 
Martin Johnson, partner at Python Properties, said: “We have worked hard to preserve and celebrate the building’s history and its connection to industry so we are delighted that such a renowned organisation like Community Trade Union, which is also central to steel working in the region, can see the benefits of being based here.”
 
“To practically fill the whole of the ground floor within a matter of months since the regeneration project was completed is marvelous and testament to the building.”
 
Within the building there is a state-of-the-art Heritage Gallery, on-site bistro, plus 200 secure car parking spaces, a manned reception and conference facilities.
 
Flexible lease terms, including break clauses and rent free periods, are available at the property and bespoke office suites can be created, ranging in size from 500 sq ft to 12,000 sq ft. Rents for Cargo Fleet Offices are highly competitive at £8.50 sq ft, with a service charge of circa £2.75 sq ft.
 
For further information about Cargo Fleet Offices please contact the partners Martin Johnson or Peter Broome at Python Properties on 01642 225100 or visit www.pythonproperties.co.uk.
 
 
 

     One of the points that were of main interest to us was the fact that we could plan the workspace and Martin & Peter really helped us through the process of planning the office. Since moving in we have been very impressed with their responsive and very proactive of working with us, if we have had any problems they have dealt with them straight away. They have monthly meetings where we meet up with all of the other tenants in the building and we talk through the issues we may have

Steve Taggart (North West Regional Manager)
Kinetic plc, Warrington (Current tenants, Bank Quay House)

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