The business advisory firm has agreed a deal with Bruntwood SciTech to open a national technology innovation hub at the Manchester Technology Centre, next to the emerging Circle Square neighbourhood.
KPMG will transfer around 100 staff from its existing office at 1 St Peter’s Square to the technology centre on Oxford Road on 2 September, with functions including data scientists, designers, software engineers, project managers and analysts all relocating.
The 12,000 sq ft space has the capacity to house more than 180 staff, and the ‘Big Four’ firm now employs more than 1,000 staff in the city.
Work is progressing rapidly at Bruntwood SciTech’s Circle Square site with two offices of 235,000 sq ft and 155,000 sq ft already under way, and a planning application for a further 300,000 sq ft office is currently being prepared.
Hewlett Packard Enterprises have committed to a pre-let of 20,000 sq ft of managed space in No.1 Circle Square, with other tenants including Dentsu Aegis, Jaguar Land Rover, and Mills & Reeve all rumoured to be either signed up or exploring taking space at Circle Square.
Bradley Topps, commercial director at Bruntwood SciTech, said: “It is great to have KPMG on board at Circle Square; it’s the perfect new location for a business that uses innovative technology to continually improve the service it provides its international roster of clients.
“Manchester Technology Centre’s high-quality workspace and location at the heart of the city’s innovation district means it is the perfect environment for KPMG to grow its technology and software team. We look forward to developing a long-term partnership with KPMG in the years ahead.”
Knight Frank represented KPMG on the deal.