Amazon Confirms Manchester Landmark Office to House 600 New Jobs
Amazon have announced plans to open a landmark new office building in Manchester, with the capacity to house at least 600 new jobs. The Hanover Building, in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, will add to Amazon’s stake in the city, which already includes two new fulfilment centres and the first Amazon Academy, supporting hundreds of small businesses in the area.
“Our new office will be home to more than 600 staff, many of whom will be focused on developing exciting new products and services used by Amazon customers around the world. The city offers an incredibly talented workforce and a budding tech scene with some of the most exciting, fast-growing tech companies in the UK situated here.”
Doug Gurr, UK Country Manager, Amazon
Manchester Set to Become Thriving Business Environment
Manchester is the natural choice for Amazon’s first UK corporate office outside of London for a number of reasons. The city offers a thriving business environment with a dynamic young talent pool, and the property prices – for both commercial and residential premises – are significantly lower than those in London. Manchester also enjoys higher levels of returning students – those who have left the city to study elsewhere, then return – and a larger inflow of graduates with no prior connection to the city than the UK’s other main regional contender, Birmingham. In fact, the city ranks second nationally for both of these categories.
“Manchester has a talented, youthful population that is hungry to be part of the new wave of digital, media and tech companies that are pouring into the city. This is driving growth in a number of areas of city life, with housing being a key priority. These young professionals are looking for stylish accommodation with superior services in top locations, and they’re not prepared to compromise.”
Ancoats Gardens, just a five-minute walk from the newly announced Amazon office, provides the kind of accommodation that these young professionals are seeking. As well as its superb central location, the development boasts spacious, light-filled homes with floor to ceiling windows and ceilings some 0.5 metres higher than the average city centre new build. Pegged as the future of urban living in Manchester, Ancoats Gardens also offers an exceptional rooftop garden, an on-site coffee lounge and a 1,715 square foot gym that’s so extensive the developers have created a dual-level space just to fit it in.
Alongside being ideally located for Amazon’s new office, Ancoats Gardens is on the doorstep of the vast NOMA regeneration site, which will be a central component of Manchester’s future business and tech environment. The £800 million development is the largest in any area of the UK other than the South East. Altogether, it will create four million square feet of office, residential, retail, hotel and leisure space, in the 10-15 years it will take for the works to be complete.
“Manchester has everything in place to make it one of the cornerstones of the UK’s economic success over the coming years. As the UK enters the brave new world of independence from Europe, it is cities such as Manchester that people will look to as the blueprint for the future.”