Mission Labs signs for new 11,000 sq ft HQ at Arbeta
We’re delighted to welcome cloud communications specialist Mission Labs to Arbeta. The company, which was acquired by Gamma Communications plc last year, has taken 11,000 sq ft as its new headquarters.
Mission Labs aims to double its headcount to 200 during the next year as part of its continued growth plans. Its founders expect Arbeta’s location, transport links and quality of facilities will appeal to a wider audience, enabling them to take better advantage of the tech talent pool in Greater Manchester. Mission Labs co-founder, Damian Hanson said: “Arbeta is situated in a very fast-growing area of Manchester, supported by excellent infrastructure and facilities. The new space that we have secured provides us with a brand new, welcoming HQ that is right in the heart of the action. And as we continue to rapidly create new roles and accelerate our headcount, we know just how important a great working environment is for attracting and retaining talent.”
While the relevance of the office has been the source of much debate over the past year, Mission Labs has engaged with its employees to create and validate a working model for the future, as co-founder David Hague explains: “During the pandemic we have continually reacted to the changing needs of our colleagues. We observed early on that 100% homeworking does not appeal to everybody and we safely reopened our offices as soon as we were able to do so last year, allowing a small number of colleagues to work where they feel most comfortable and productive. We have subsequently engaged directly with the entire team to define our needs for the future and the feedback was overwhelmingly in favour of a hybrid working model.”
Mission Labs’ new HQ will officially open later in the summer with the design and fit out currently in progress.
Rob Page, managing director, Arbeta said: “We are delighted to welcome Mission Labs to Arbeta and look forward to seeing the completed space. While the future of the office has been much discussed, the approach taken by Mission Labs is refreshing, they’ve been able to move quickly and react to the changing requirements and needs of their team and have still taken the same size of space in the building we have discussed with them from the start.”
OBI is sole leasing agent for Arbeta. Andrew Cowell, transactions and asset management, OBI said: “The deal with Mission Labs is a strong indicator of the continued strength and resilience of the Manchester market and it clearly demonstrates businesses, especially in the tech, digital and creative sector, are open to using their workspaces differently. The larger floorplates at Arbeta provide the flexibility for fast-growing tech and digital businesses to create the workspaces they and their teams need.”
Arbeta offers Grade A workspaces for tech, creative and digital businesses with office suites available from 1,400 sq ft to 71,900 sq ft. The ground floor features several Plug and Play spaces, ranging from 1,400 sq ft to 2,787 sq ft, which include kitchens and meeting rooms and are offered on short term, flexible leases.
The building features a central atrium, which can be used for communal working and events. There is ample car parking and cycle storage, showers and changing facilities, 24/7 access, breakout and event space, a range of meeting rooms and on-site café, serving up freshly made dishes daily.
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