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Tech unicorn Matillion opens 28,000sq ft new Manchester HQ

Data productivity provider Matillion has cut the ribbon on a new HQ in the heart of Manchester.

The two-story site at Two New Bailey becomes the tech unicorn’s first engineering-focussed centre and European HQ, alongside its sister-HQ in Denver, CO.

Matillion CEO and co-founder Matthew Scullion said: “If AI is the new gold rush, our role at Matillion is to create the picks and shovels that empower the pioneers. In this instance, the picks and shovels are tools to make data AI ready, and make building AI use cases simple and productive for all businesses, not just Silicon Valley behemoths. Behind every great AI innovation is great data – and Matillion is the Data Productivity Cloud. It really is that simple.

“We’re driving material change in the UK and world through data and AI, and we needed a physical location for our teams to innovate and collaborate. Two New Bailey is the perfect space for that.

“We are committed to Manchester as our home for innovation. The world’s first stored program computer was born here and computing changed the world. Data and AI have that same potential.”

The 28,000sq ft space sits on the sixth and seventh floors of Two New Bailey, in the city’s latest business centre development which is so far also home to Eversheds and Clyde & Co.

The fit-out features a breath-taking cloud-inspired reception area, whilst break-out spaces harness a coffee-shop-working culture. A 968sq ft hole in the floorplate between the two floors houses a huge, landscape-inspired staircase which doubles as an auditorium space.

The site is peppered with references to both Manchester and Denver, with nods to the Rockies of Colorado and the red-brick architecture synonymous with Manchester’s industrial heritage.

The design and fit out was led by Oktra.

Jemma Harrison, design director at Oktra said: “Working with Matillion on both the Manchester and Denver fit outs, we explored the influence of the surrounding environments to deliver two locations that are not ‘twins’ but ‘sisters’, sharing the same principles and core ethos but with differing aesthetics.”

Matillion has proven quite the Manchester tech success story, landing unicorn status in 2021. The fast-growing software firm is set to announce its roadmap for 2024 and beyond at Data Unlocked in November, a virtual conference hosted in both Manchester and Denver locations.

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