Worthington Owen secures largest letting in three years

July 26, 2023

Sony-owned video game developer Firesprite will take the entirety of CERT Property’s 50,000 sq ft Duke & Parr, providing a much-needed boost to the city’s office market.

Firesprite is relocating from the Vanilla Factory on Fleet Street to the former Bibby Line headquarters in Liverpool’s Ropewalks district, where the company has signed a 10-year lease.

CERT purchased the four-building cluster at 91 and 105 Duke Street, which includes Liverpool’s grade two-listed former public library, in December 2019. The developer then converted the property into modern office space aimed at technology businesses.

CERT Property founder Howard Lord said: “This lease with a world-leading games and entertainment giant is testament to the team who worked with us on this project to deliver the vision we had to create an inspiring workplace that would attract occupiers in the post-pandemic role of the workplace.”

Firesprite’s 50,000 sq ft letting at Duke & Parr is the largest in Liverpool since parent company Sony took 65,000 sq ft at Echo Place in 2019.

Both lettings were completed by Worthington Owen.