Bruntwood Works’ 62,000 sq ft block at the Knutsford complex, to serve as the global headquarters for cybersecurity firm PortSwigger, has reached practical completion.
The office building, named Booths Park 6 and designed by Calderpeel Architects, is the first of three schemes to complete at the Cheshire office complex.
Booths Park has been developed around Booths Hall, a manor house built in 1745, and features high-specification workspace surrounded by landscaped gardens, jogging and cycling routes, a football pitch, cricket club and two fishing lakes. Space on offer includes flexible workspace ranging from just two desks to all-inclusive serviced office suites and virtual offices for smaller businesses.
The PortSwigger building has been delivered by main contractor GMI Construction Group. It comprises 62,000 sq ft of new build floorspace across two storeys, with timber cladding and landscaped gardens. Work will now begin on the fit-out, designed by Sheila Bird Studio and to be delivered by Workspace. The layout will feature flexible workspaces and other amenities such as a restaurant, gym and showers.
The office will serve as the company’s new headquarters as it looks to grow its operations and expand its headcount to more than 400 people over the coming years. It is currently based at Victoria Court in Knutsford.
Other firms based at Booths Park include engineering firm Amec Foster Wheeler, recruiter De Poel (which has now rebranded to Geometric Results International), and Mastercard.
Andrew Cooke, strategic director at Bruntwood Works, part of the Manchester-based developer Bruntwood, said: “Booths Park is a fantastic community of businesses and the addition of PortSwigger only makes it more impressive. PortSwigger’s growth trajectory highlights the importance of high-quality office space in supporting company development, and we’re confident Booths Park 6 will be the perfect place for them to attract the region’s finest new talent.”
Dafydd Stuttard, chief executive of PortSwigger, added: “This development will establish Knutsford as a centre of technical excellence in the North West and lead to a large number of high-value jobs, including software engineers, researchers, technical product specialists and journalists.”