Morgan Stanley office put up for sale five years after opening 

The office comprises of the company's largest European office outside of London with ‘mission critical’ status for its global operation.

Nine-storey Morgan Stanley Glasgow office up for sale five years after opening Supplied

Morgan Stanley’s Glasgow office has been up for sale five years after opening.

The Waterloo Street property is the company’s largest European office outside of London with more than 2,000 staff working at the site.

The sale of the building has been described as being “one of the biggest deals in the city’s office market” this year.

The office was previously recognised as Scotland’s ‘top corporate workplace’ in the 2020 British Council for Offices (BCO) awards for features including collaboration spaces and on-site wellbeing facilities.

The ground floor also hosts a gym and fitness centre operated by Nuffield Health.

The nine-storey property consists of 156,980 sq. ft. of Grade A office space and is among the city’s most sustainable properties, achieving an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) A rating and BREEAM Excellent certification.

John Rae, head of office at Knight Frank Glasgow, said: “122 Waterloo Street is a prime asset located at the heart of Glasgow’s International Financial Services District, backed by a very strong covenant in Morgan Stanley – particularly given its ‘mission critical’ status.

“Glasgow has seen an upturn in deal activity in the first few months of 2024, so we expect to see a good level of interest, with buyer and vendor expectations moving closer together as interest rates appear likely to stay higher for longer.”

Murray Strang, managing partner for Scotland at Cushman & Wakefield, added: “In terms of building quality, tenant covenant and resultant income security, not to mention the strong opportunity for rental reversion and future potential for value uplift, this opportunity should be highly attractive for a range of international investors and parties considering investment into a leading, regional UK office market.”

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