A yacht, tree house and adult ball pit: How Social Chain inspired Cold Feet

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by Simon Austin

One of the funniest scenes in Series 7 of Cold Feet captures the older generation’s bafflement with Millennial culture.

Adam endures a painfully awkward job interview at a thriving start-up, conducted on beanbags in an indoor treehouse. Outside there’s a huge slide dropping into an adult ball pit and a cascading waterfall.

The story is retold via flashbacks using primary school children as stand-ins for the real interviewers who “haven’t even started shaving yet”.

Adam outside Social Chain's 'adult ball pit'

It all seems too far-fetched to to be true. Surely an office like this doesn’t really exist? Well, yes, it does.

The scene was filmed at the Social Chain office on Portland Street in Manchester, which has been shortlisted for Prolific North’s Inspired Spaces.  There is an “adult ball pool”, and there is a tree house meeting room.

Cold Feet location manager Mark O’Hanlon explained: “That was an amazing find for us and a really cool place.”

Social Chain say their “mission statement" for the office was for it to be "the focal point for the workspace design – unique, bold and innovative.”

They add: “A lighting blue slide falls into a ball pit, a waterfall cascades throughout the day and a yacht-themed meeting room gives staff the chance to work and brainstorm in a creative, inspiring environment.”

Social Chain is a social-first agency that was established in November 2014 and has an average age of just 21. Having started in Manchester, it now also has offices in Berlin and New York.