Auto Trader’s new Manchester office is an ‘inspirational playground’ for the company’s growing number of app developers and web programmers, according to the interior designers, Claremont Group Interiors.
Car meeting rooms, media walls, a skateboarding full pipe, an Audi Quattro and a ski-lodge are just some of the new office’s stand-out features.
Claremont handed over the 60,000 sq. ft. office which spans three floors in First Street last week, after 16 weeks on site. The new dynamic and open-plan workspace brings together 600 administrative, call centre, digital developers and other head office staff who were previously spread across seven regional offices.
It’s just one year since Auto Trader closed its print magazine and moved to a digital-first platform and the move reflects its vision to lead the UK digital motoring marketplace. It includes:
Ann Clarke, joint managing director of Claremont Group Interiors led the £4m interior design and fit-outproject. She said: “There’s no denying there’s a lot of unusual and fun elements to this interior, but even the most creative elements all support how Auto Trader works. The cars aren’t gimmicks, they provide spaces that spark the imagination and encourage cross-pollination of ideas.
“Modern offices need to be more about more than just providing the tools and spaces to do the job. They need to offer the freedom to relax, share ideas and be inspired too. Younger generations joining the workforce expect a more free-range and dynamic environment and Auto Trader certainly has that.”
Viewpoint designed and installed the £1m audio-visual and multi-media system which formed part of the interior design and fit-out project. Ben Woodroffe, senior project manager said: “We’ve helped Auto Trader to incorporate sophisticated and innovative audio-visual solutions which will enable and help facilitate agile working and collaboration. That’s a must-have for Auto Trader’s creative, dynamic and collaborative way of working.”
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