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GCI moves to Darley Abbey Mills

Darley Abbey MillsSome of the world’s oldest industrial buildings have been chosen by a leading UK information technology company as the new location for its Midlands operations.

The relocation of Chamber patron GCI, which employees over 200 staff across the UK, marks a major milestone in establishing a ‘Creative Village’ at Darley Abbey Mills, a Unesco World Heritage Site which features buildings dating from the dawn of the industrial age over 200 years ago.

GCI’s commitment marks a substantial success for owners Pattern Properties, which rescued the buildings from the English Heritage ‘At Risk’ register.

In a deal brokered by Derby-based agents Salloway Property Consultants, GCI have leased over 5,000sq ft of offices located within a World Heritage setting.

Chris Taylor, Director at Salloway, who represented owners Pattern Properties in the negotiations said: “This is a landmark deal for Derby’s office market. The decision of a prominent and well respected company such as GCI to choose to relocate to the Mills is a real triumph of the quality of product that is now being offered at the location. The Mills arfe now a genuine alternative to the traditional office locations in Derby."

In reviewing GCI’s decision to move to Darley Abbey Mills, Managing Director of Midlands Operations Paul Hayes said: “We were very impressed with the landlord’s commitment to invest in the project. We became convinced early that the offices proposed within the Mills would be outstanding, the provision of connectivity to the site was also a real necessarily for our business.”

The move comes after planning consent for use of the Mills as offices was granted in July 2014 by Derby City Council.