Business advisers Grant Thornton UK LLP has invested in a new flagship office in Manchester, to enable collaboration, innovative thinking and knowledge sharing to thrive.
The firm has signed a 15-year lease on the 11th floor at the new Landmark development on Oxford Road in the city centre, having relocated from Hardman Square in Spinningfields.
After being one of the first tenants to move to Spinningfields 15 years ago, Grant Thornton is again leading the way in being one of the first tenants within the Landmark development.
The office fit-out, on a single floor for the first time, has been carefully designed with the needs of the team in mind and with the latest technology to enable flexible working and collaboration.
The new open-plan space is focused around Grant Thornton’s hybrid-working policy, ensuring employees and clients feel comfortable within the space. It offers a range of diverse working areas including both standing and seated desks, collaboration spaces and private booths – equating to 240 bookable and flexible working spaces.
The Landmark office effectively embodies Grant Thornton’s culture of respect, equality, support, understanding and flexibility throughout the space. Including several soundproofed booths, a full-length balcony, technology-enabled meeting rooms, a multi-faith room and a social space named in memory of a late Grant Thornton employee. After a shortlist of three potential sites, Grant Thornton staff voted for Landmark due to its transport links, wellbeing and tech credentials, and environmental appeal in a thriving business district.
The new award-winning building that is located on St Peter’s Square provides 180,000 sq ft of workspace – circa 14,000 sq ft of which is for Grant Thornton – with the office being fitted out by interior specialist’s ADT Workplace.
Carl Williams, practice leader for Grant Thornton in the North West said: “At Grant Thornton, we understand that while the world of work has changed over the last 18 months the office still has a fundamental role to play in attracting the best talent and nurturing the career development of our people.
“Having the team located on the same floor, something we did not have previously, was really important to us. It will help aid collaboration between our colleagues and clients and intermediaries.
“Through the selection process, we looked at a number of options across the city that would meet the aspirations and expectations of our people. All 350 Manchester based staff were consulted and the Landmark development was our clear number one choice due to its outstanding physical and intellectual connectivity here on Manchester’s innovation corridor.”