In 2018, Hewlett Packard Enterprise became the first confirmed tenant of Bruntwood SciTech’s Circle Square in Manchester. Now, years later, it has finally moved into its new space.
Technically, the 10-year lease started on 5 May 2021. But HPE said it held off on moving in because of the pandemic and formally announced the opening of its “collaboration hub” in September.
As a collaboration hub, the office is designed to help create a culture of support to help graduates, apprentices and interns navigate their early careers. HPE prioritised open seating lounges and meeting rooms over individual work desks.
Marc Waters, senior vice president and managing director for HPE’s UK, Ireland, Middle East and Africa divisions said: “The workplace isn’t a ‘place’ as such. It’s a culture, it’s how we collaborate and ultimately, it’s the way we do things.
“We continue to invest in tools and resources to keep team members connected and promote collaboration, for both in-person and virtual environments. Our new collaboration hubs are designed to enhance team working and increase the value of the time we spend together.”
HPE has taken the entire seventh floor of No1 Circle Square, which was completed in 2020. Fit out for the office space was delivered by Bruntwood, which contracted the task to Sisk.
No1 Circle Square boasts more than 235,430 sq ft across 14 floors including a basement. HPE’s neighbours in the building include construction equipment and software services specialist Hilti, who took 42,000 sq ft. Law firm Mills 7 Reeve has also taken 15,000 sq ft at No1 Circle Square.
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