Boardroom in skate pipe

First look at Auto Trader office

Claremont Group Interiors has completed the fit-out of a 60,000 sq ft office in Ask Developments' Number One First Street in Manchester for Auto Trader, after 16 weeks on site. [GALLERY]

Meeting rooms made out of cars, interactive media walls, a skateboarding full pipe, an Audi Quattro, a ski-lodge, and a 120-seat cafe are some of the features included in the office.

The £4m fit-out is intended as an "inspirational playground" for the company's app developers and web programmers, according to Claremont.

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More than 600 administrative, call centre, digital developers and head office staff are currently in the process of relocating to First Street from seven regional offices.

Ann Clarke, joint managing director of Claremont Group Interiors, said: "There's no denying there's a lot of unusual and fun elements to this interior, but even the most creative elements all support how Auto Trader works. The cars aren't gimmicks, they provide spaces that spark the imagination and encourage cross-pollination of ideas.

"Modern offices need to be more about more than just providing the tools and spaces to do the job. They need to offer the freedom to relax, share ideas and be inspired too. Younger generations joining the workforce expect a more free-range and dynamic environment and Auto Trader certainly has that."

Viewpoint designed and installed the £1m audio-visual and multi-media system.

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