There is a high demand for office space in Manchester, but many companies want more than just a place to work; they want extra facilities for their workers and their clients.
Near Manchester United’s Old Trafford ground is what has been described as a ‘secret bolthole’ – a luxury apartment designed to entertain business clients before a match. Situated at the top of an office block near the Manchester Ship Canal, the apartment is luxurious with expensive furniture, TV screens and a marble bathroom. Most companies locating to Manchester do not require such luxury, but increasingly companies want extra facilities, particularly when it comes to looking after the welfare of their staff.
The law firm Shoosmiths new office at Spinningfields has a garden, library and areas called ‘touch down zones’ where colleagues can meet.
The TalkTalk new Manchester offices feature a restaurant that leads to a rooftop garden. There are several PlayStations and Xboxes that workers can use after a busy shift.
The offices of online electrical retailer AO.com in Bolton has nail and hair salons for employees, relaxing massage rooms, subsidised spa treatments and a branch of Starbucks. Every morning, employees enjoy a free breakfast before they start work. There is an outside park area where employees are encouraged to enjoy the fresh air during their breaks.
From luxury apartments, to spa treatments and relaxation areas, companies opening Manchester offices want more than just a place to put a few desks.