Telecoms group TalkTalk has completed its move to Salford Quays, bringing together almost 1,500 staff from two separate offices into a new state-of-the-art building, the Soapworks.

The move follows a two-year re-fit of the former Palmolive/Colgate building on the banks of River Irwell.

Spread over five floors, the 106,000 sq ft space features mobile meeting hubs made from clear writeable glass, an industrial-inspired café with views of the Manchester skyline, a roof terrace and picnic heath.

Inside TalkTalk’s new Salford Quays base

The company, which saw revenue fall 3% to £1.78bn in the year to March 31 but EBITDA up 17% to £304m, said a key reason behind its decision to move was “the opportunity to build links with a wide group of universities and colleges” to promote careers opportunities for apprentices and graduates.

Mark Dickinson, TalkTalk’s chief people officer, said: “Making TalkTalk an even better place to work is a key priority for us and we are proud to be investing in our colleagues, as well as in our new home. As a technology company, it’s important that our working environment reflects our digital first culture.

“We’ve had a great response to the move from our people and believe that a highly engaged team will deliver a better service for our customers. The offices in Soapworks are best in class and a great investment in Greater Manchester.”

TalkTalk is retaining its other sites, including London, Stornoway and Gateshead.