25   October,   2018

The Printworks reports successful 18 months under DTZ Investors ownership

Manchester’s best-known entertainment complex, The Printworks, has bucked the wider trend of the leisure market with an 8.25% increase in footfall since the complex was purchased by DTZ Investors in early 2017.

Since ownership The Printworks has continued to innovate under DTZ Investors, attracting new tenants including Vue Cinema and the Irish-themed pub chain O’Neills. The complex also expanded its experiential leisure offering with new leisure activity tenants, including England’s first Treetop Adventure Golf and nationwide business Escape Reality, which is Manchester’s largest escape room with six-themed rooms.

To welcome the family-friendly Treetop Adventure Golf to the complex, DTZ Investors remodelled 20,000 square foot of mothballed space on the second floor of the building into a new lettable unit with its own dedicated entrance point.

The Printworks also has various charitable initiatives having raised over £98,250 for The Christie so far – just £1750 short of its £100,000 target to hit by the end of this year. The complex has also raised over £7,500 for various local causes including Forever Manchester, The Booths Centre and Volition.

DTZ Investors now plans to build on the initial successes, with a substantial budget set aside for a major refurbishment to enhance the internal common areas, i.e. the Pump Yard, as well as improving the entrances and external prominence.

Ben Haller, Associate Director at DTZ Investors said: "We have already invested approximately £2m since acquiring The Printworks with a focus on opening new venues which give customers a well-rounded experience, with world renowned entertainment and leisure brands all under the one roof. The Printworks has a special place within Mancunian hearts and we are committed to evolving the scheme to make it even more attractive for those looking for day-time competitive socialising and family friendly activities as well as the renowned wet-led evening entertainment."

Fred Booth, Director of The Printworks, said: “Despite the horrific terror attack at the Manchester Arena in 2017, which had a huge effect on businesses and the city as a whole, we are proud to see the city bounce back with The Printworks continuing to thrive and offer visitors a welcoming experience for guests of all ages.”

The Printworks continues to welcome nearly 8 million people through its venue each year.