Office Innovation: 6 of Manchester’s Finest Offices
Manchester is shaped by cultures of history and sport, and has one of the UK’s and Europe’s busiest economies. The northern English city also boasts some of the finest, most creatively designed offices anywhere in the UK.
Manchester is rich in culture and history, and is home to such renowned landmarks as Chetham’s Library, the Bridgewater Canal and The National Football Museum. It is one of the busiest cities in the UK, in terms of tourism, business and population. Manchester is also graced with a range of top-class offices, which are fascinating works of design, created for some of the UK’s best known brands and companies. Here are just 6 of the workspaces that make Manchester a world-leader in office innovation.
OBI Property created this showcase for office innovation—a workspace layout for car rental company Rentalcars.com, which invested £2.7m in the workplace’s makeover. Among the facilities for employees are an open-air cinema, pool tables, free food and a beach area. The renovation was carried out to celebrate Rentalcars’ 10th anniversary, and to reward its workforce of more than 1,000 employees.
UK server hosting company, Melbourne, opted for a childlike visual theme in its Manchester offices. With bright colours throughout, the workplace includes a spacious lounge, modern library, playfully themed garden and entrance, as well as a beanbag zone and pool table.
3. BBC North
The award-winning interior design group, ID:SR created this fantastic layout for BBC North after being asked to design a vibrant workplace. ID:SR took interest in both the digital colour palette and the natural colours found in British-sourced fabrics. With such distinctive, lively features as circular sofas, colourful social areas and highly decorated meeting rooms, these working areas are sure to be a daily source of delight for the BBC’s large Manchester team of over 3,000 employees. A particularly creative example of Manchester office innovation.
Staff at BrightHR are treated to a range of facilities that spur employee productivity. Among the fun features are a ‘Jack & the Beanstalk’-themed garden, football nets, space hoppers and NERF guns. This is one company where the ‘human resources’ department certainly lives up to its name! It’s also a workspace that is the very embodiment of office innovation.
Citypress, a leading PR agency, boast a neat, modern office, designed by Whitespace Consultants. From the range of meeting rooms, open kitchen, social area for staff, and customer-facing space, the smart colour scheme blends with natural finishes and contemporary decor to provide a solid and inspiring workspace that the company will grow in.
6. Rochdale Boroughwide Housing
WHITESPACE Architects was given the job of furnishing Rochdale Boroughwide Housing‘s building, working to a modern, creative and flexible design style that has created a vibrant, inspirational environment for employees. The design firm’s brief also included a furniture package, ensuring a unified feel throughout the building.