- Manchester, UK
- Interior Design, Workplace
- 17,000 SQ. FT.
The Hut Group quickly needed space to cater for their rapid growth ahead of their 1 Million sq. ft. campus by PENSON, completing in 2024. PENSON came to the rescue with a high-performing workplace design that aids headcount issues for the interim period. Media City is now The Hut Group Ingenuity’s hyper-connected tech space that breeds the best new talent and communicates collaborative energy to the generation of tomorrow.
Archilovers Best project of 2020 for
‘outstanding aesthetics, creativity and functionality’
Media City is home to THG’s world-class programmers behind hugely influential THG Ingenuity platform, which also powers THG’s global digital commerce. This tech lab and workspace fosters the innovation of its people and their digital innovations in a slick and futuristic environment. Speaking of future, we named the board room with the big white sofa 'The Vision', seeing as THG students will all graduate here.
THG Media City has all the usual elements of a tech-centred workplace design strategy, but we’ve kept everything softer with mood-changing light boxes – to ease stress on the programmer’s eyes – and added circular desking to keep people talking. The Apartment and Lounge on the south-west of the space offers pure and simple comfort – with more options to work away from desks. Basking in natural light, this side of the office looks out over the river and Old Trafford beyond.
We’ve added special elements including bespoke joinery and integrated tech equipment - including our specially designed ‘remote programming labs’ - which not only look super cool but can be wheeled anywhere. The ‘tickertape’ reel suspended over the deli bar means you can catch up on the headlines while you sip your coffee.
"Our new The Hut Group Tech Office in Media City is mega. Remember getting your first iPod and thinking this thing is beautiful? It’s just like that."