Uncategorised 22 May 2020


By Ruth Cobban

Downing is supporting its flexi-tenants during disruption caused by Covid:19 with a significant rent concession, plus, access to free online classes to bolster wellbeing for all their staff.

Downing’s No. 1 Old Hall Street building in Liverpool,  is home to many businesses, a number of which are fast-growing SMEs – the lifeblood of the UK economy.

The company has offered qualifying resident companies a significant rent reduction for May and June, to help them ride out the  financial challenges they face by operational changes due to the pandemic.

Downing is also offering access to unlimited free virtual yoga and Pilates classes for Old Hall Street resident companies seven days a week, helping to enable positive mental health and wellbeing across companies.

Meanwhile, the building remains open and ready for business, with normal services continuing as far as it reasonably possible, having regard to current Public Health England guidance and emerging industry wide safe working practices.

Downing has recently undertaken a comprehensive refurbishment of the building including a new feature main entrance portal, along with a re-configured and expanded building reception, which features a new waiting area and concierge lobby, new male, female and accessible WCs, a shower area and an accessible lift.  Further proposals to replace the exterior façade and windows and the delivery of substantial CAT A office refurbishments, are continuing unabated by the effect of COVID-19.

John Clegg, Head of Property Management, from Downing, said: “It’s absolutely essential that commercial landlords step up and take action to support their tenants during this time of unprecedented challenges for business. We know that many businesses out there are on their knees, or may soon become so, without additional assistance.  We have been working with the majority of our tenants for many years and have built strong relationships which are underpinned by mutual loyalty and trust which is now more important than ever. It’s critical that we all pull together and do what we can to ride this storm.

“In offering such a rent reduction for our tenants, we want to make it clear that we are 100% behind them and will continue to support them to help ensure their continued growth and success in these challenging times.

“We’re also very pleased to be working with a local independent company YinYan Yoga, who we have commissioned to provide all our Old Hall Street resident companies with access to free online Yoga and Pilates classes seven days a week, boosting wellbeing and helping employees positively manage stress and change.”

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