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Pioneering AI firm Peaks at Neo: unveiling our new office

By Richard Ferrar on 22/02/18 11:18
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Manchester-based artificial intelligence (AI) company, Peak, has taken residency of the top floor of Neo, Bruntwood’s iconic £8m redevelopment in Manchester City Centre.

The move, which follows £3.5m of investment and marks the next stage of Peak’s scale-up plans, sees the company relocate its headquarters to the 4,500 sq ft 12th floor, with 360° views of Manchester.

Peak consulted with interior design experts The Sheila Bird Group to create a space centred around the idea of flexible working, while encouraging social interaction, productivity and collaboration.

There are no assigned desks and staff work in an agile approach with access to a variety of spaces, including a large seamless communal desk, a social and events space, meeting rooms and pods for solo work or private discussions.

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Discussing the reason behind the move and the new design, Richard Potter, Peak’s CEO, explained:

“Thoughtful office design is vitally important to the success of any organisation. For us, it’s the physical embodiment of the values and culture that permeate through Peak.

“Being on the top floor of Neo is amazing. We’re surrounded by inspiring views of the city we were founded in and the huge amount of natural light gives us extra energy and helps maximise productivity. The brilliant layout and design that Atul and the team at Sheila Bird have done for us creates a fluid, collaborative space that enables us to get the best from each other.

“Most importantly, it’s somewhere staff and customers want to come to, stay in and return to. We see our new HQ as somewhere that can help us attract and retain the best talent to join our team and great new clients alike.”

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Atul Bansal, co-founder and partner at The Sheila Bird Group, said:

“This was an amazing project. We loved collaborating with Peak; they are young, fresh, dynamic company with a bright future ahead. Neo is exactly where Peak should be, surrounded by likeminded individuals and businesses right in the heart of Manchester. The design celebrates the building and most importantly the way Peak thinks and breathes; it has nothing to do with trend.

“We have pushed the boundaries of what an office is all about. The corridors are located around the windows, this celebrates the incredible views and creates a harmony to the space. We also have all sorts of other elements, like the exposed concrete soffits, the hanging gardens and other biophilic elements. We really like the raised meeting spaces that link you to other parts of the world. It’s a space that makes you smile.”

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Bradley Topps, Head of Sales for Bruntwood, Manchester, said:

“Peak’s move into Neo is great news for the building and shows the appetite of fast growing, technology based businesses to have a statement address in the heart of the city. Neo is now 98% full and we will be making other exciting new customer announcements soon."

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