£2m tech centre is ready to open for business

Tech Incubator

Commercial interiors specialist Penketh Group has completed the £200,000 furniture fit-out of Manchester Science Partnerships’ new Tech Incubator.

The new scheme is set to create up to 2,000 new jobs over the next decade.

Based in the Manchester Technology Centre, which is part of Circle Square on Oxford Road, Manchester Science Partnerships has created the £2m Tech Incubator to provide technology innovation and data science startups with co-working spaces, meeting rooms, a large event space and small private offices.

Penketh Group’s design provides a range of working modes, with the space including collaboration areas, meeting spaces, private offices, event space, a social and breakout area, a welcome area and a working lounge.

Tech Incubator

Chris Birchall, workplace strategist at Penketh Group, said: “We were delighted to be chosen to supply and install the furniture for Manchester Science Partnerships’ new Tech Incubator.

“As part of the refurbishment of the space, Manchester Science Partnerships wanted to create a workspace that was high-tech and contemporary, so we installed an array of products that accommodated modern, agile working – from meetings rooms with integrated technology to clusters of seating for casual collaboration and periods of rejuvenation.

“We also created a number of bespoke Axium storage units for organisation and space division, which were chosen after MSP had viewed them in our own WorkLife showroom in the city centre.”

Tom Renn, managing director at Manchester Science Partnerships, said: “Furniture can often be an after thought; for us, we know it makes the space.

“It’s one of those items where form and function have to come together, so that it not only adds to the look of the space, but is practical and makes it a comfy and brilliant place to work in.

“Penketh Group are experts at this and it’s been a pleasure working with them on and the Tech Incubator.”

Penketh Group, which has offices in Manchester and the Wirral, works with clients to create outstanding working environments. Its service portfolio incorporates furniture and interiors, AV and technology, managed print solutions and business supplies.