Allied London’s Spinningfields scheme suffered a setback today after Barclaycard said it would no longer moving to the Manchester development
The credit card company also said that it would close a call centre in the city, with the loss of 630 jobs.
Call centre staff at Peterloo House in Dickinson Street have been told their jobs will be moved to Teesside, and Mumbai and Delhi in India.
Allied London agreed a 100,000 sq ft (9,290 sq m) prelet with Barclaycard at its Spinningfields scheme in 2005, ending what was Manchester's biggest office search of the year.
However, the bank's agreement with Allied London is unaffected, as it had already signed a 15-year lease and will now have to decide whether to sub-let or occupy the property with another arm of the overall Barclays operation.
Allied London chief executive Michael Ingell said: `It is clearly disappointing, particularly for the staff of Barclaycard.'
The credit card company kick-started the 400,000 sq ft (37,160 sq m) development of the 3 Hardman Square office building.
Barclaycard chief executive Antony Jenkins said in a statement: ‘Barclaycard’s usiness is becoming more global and, to stay successful, we must change how we operate to reflect this.’
Barclays already occupies a call centre at the Terrace Hill’s Teesdale business park in Stockton-on-Tees.
Last week the company also walked away from a 70,000 sq ft (6,503 sq m) prelet at Cardiff Gate Business Park.
Barclays subsidiary First Plus had been in discussions with developer Sir Robert McAlpine about a new headquarters, in what was going to be Wales’ biggest pre-let of 2006.