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AirWatch extends space at Phoenix House

Phoenix HouseAirWatch, the world’s largest mobile device management firm, has leased further space at IM Properties’ refurbished Grade A Phoenix House in the centre of Milton Keynes.

Having committed to 12,490 sq ft on the top floor of the four storey building in April 2012, the rapidly growing American-owned company has taken the remaining 8,155 sq ft of space on the same floor.

The two deals combined mark the biggest letting in an existing building in the centre of Milton Keynes in the last 12 months.

The extra space will accommodate the additional 30 employees taken on by AirWatch since moving into the property, bringing the total number to just under 100, whilst providing capacity to take on a further 100 staff.

The company, which manages its Europe and Middle East operations from Milton Keynes, is rapidly expanding and grew 800 per cent last year.

Phoenix House is located in Station Square, adjacent to Milton Keynes Central railway station, just minutes away from the motorway network. IM’s extensive refurbishment has included new air conditioning, lighting, lifts, toilets and shower facilities, reception area and card access entry system. The property also offers a high ratio of secure car parking.

The property is surrounded by headquarters of blue chip companies including Santander and Network Rail.

AirWatch EMEA Managing Director Ian Evans said: “Having set up our EMEA headquarters in Milton Keynes in summer 2011 with just four members of staff, we moved to Phoenix House in May 2012 with 70 employees and have already outgrown the space due to fast growth across all areas of the business.

“This extra space enables us to accommodate the extra 50 employees we are set to take on by December as well as many more in the New Year and we may look to take further space on the building’s second floor.

“AirWatch is committed to Phoenix House because Milton Keynes is a hi-tech city and it is a hub for company headquarters. It is also extremely accessible – we are able to get Oxford Street in London within 35 minutes. We are committed to employing local people while attracting staff from across the world who are willing to relocate here.

“IM Properties has done a fantastic job refurbishing Phoenix House, providing us with the facilities we need including secured car parking. As a landlord IM has been ideal by understanding our needs and accommodating our business growth in a very short space of time.”

Rob Hemus, Asset Manager at IM Properties, said: “We are delighted AirWatch has further committed to Phoenix House which is a vote of confidence in Milton Keynes as well as IM Properties’ reputation for providing first rate, strategically located buildings and outstanding tenant service.”

Louch Shacklock & Partners and Cushman & Wakefield are the joint letting agents for IM Properties.

Jonathan Whittle of Louch Shacklock said: “This latest letting reinforces the attraction of Milton Keynes as a headquarters office location for the UK and beyond.”

AirWatch is the world leader in enterprise-wide mobile device and WLAN management solutions. It was highlighted at the recent Global Business Summit on ICT, one of 18 summits organised by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) during the Olympic and Paralympic Games to showcase the best of UK ICT innovation and technology to delegates from around the world.

Refurbished space remaining at Phoenix House includes 5,651 sq ft on the second floor and 20,531 sq ft on the first floor. For more details contact Jonathan Whittle at Louch Shacklock & Partners on 01908 224763 or Marcus Hayes at Cushman & Wakefield on 0121 232 4900.