Tech giant Microsoft has agreed to take the whole 4,500 sq ft seventh floor of Bruntwood’s Neo office, bringing around 100 staff into Manchester city centre.
The 52,000 sq ft Neo launched in March 2017 after an £8m refurbishment of the former Bank House, on the corner of Portland Street and Charlotte Street to create tech-enabled studio units and flexible open-plan workspaces.
Microsoft is due to move into the building next month. Neo will be its first major presence in Manchester, after running a small serviced office by Manchester Airport.
Phil Kemp, chief commercial officer at Bruntwood said: “We are thrilled to welcome Microsoft to Neo – an organisation perfectly suited to a place, purposely-designed to inspire creative thinking and collaborative working.
“Manchester was of course the birthplace of modern computing in the late 1940s and 1950s so to welcome a true world leader in 21st century technology to our city is not only a perfect fit, but it’s a proud moment for us too.”
Neo already houses other digital and communication companies, including Manchester Digital, and marketing agency Notch Communications, which advises science and tech companies.