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TALK TALK – A CLAREMONT CASE STUDY

Soapworks was recently featured in Mix Interiors – The leading magazine for the UK commercial interiors market:

It’s a good few years since we featured TalkTalk’s (then) new West London campus. It’s also been a year or two since we headed out to Salford Quays – the home of a number of major media companies and once the site of Manchester Docks. Salford Quays became one of the first and largest urban regeneration projects in the United Kingdom following the closure of the dockyards in 1982 and that regeneration continues, with blue chips continuing to migrate to the area.

DESIGNING FOR PRODUCTIVITY

Have a look around your office – does it inspire you? Is it good for your health and wellbeing? Increasingly these are factors at the top of the checklist for leading corporate businesses when looking to set up a new office base. After all, it’s no secret that a happy workforce in a motivating environment is a productive one.

SPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR SOAPWORKS AT NATIONAL BCO AWARDS

Commercial development, Soapworks, received special recognition in the Recycled/Refurbished Workplace category at the British Council for Offices (BCO) National Awards last month. This acknowledgment comes after Soapworks won the regional award of the same category in April.

The iconic development was commended for its highly flexible workplace environment, as well as its bold branding. This is in addition to the recognition Soapworks received in the BCO North West, Northern Ireland and Wales Awards, for its innovative design and commitment to preserving historical elements of the original building.

Jennifer Bamber, Soapworks Manager, commented: “A great deal of hard work and dedication has gone into the regeneration of the former Colgate Palmolive Factory. The focus has been to provide a truly flexible working space that can meet the needs of any business. It is wonderful to see this commitment appreciated by the BCO, and to be recognised amongst other impressive developments within the recycled and refurbished category.”

NEW CAFÉ TO OPEN ON SITE AT SOAPWORKS

The Carlyle Group is pleased to announce the upcoming arrival of a new café onsite at Soapworks. The café will be operated by award winning caterers, Catering Academy, who will offer hot food and light refreshments to Soapworks residents.

With 90 per cent of the space in Phase I & II now let, The Carlyle Group has set sights on improving the amenities already on offer within the development. The café will serve as a new pit stop and breakout zone for MWH Global, TalkTalk, The Home Office and all visitors to Soapworks.

RECYCLED/REFURBISHED WORKPLACE AWARD RECEIVED

Commercial development, Soapworks, has won the title of Recycled/Refurbished Workplace at the British Council for Offices (BCO) North West, Northern Ireland and Wales Awards.

The Soapworks office development on Ordsall Lane in Salford has been shortlisted for Building of the Year by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

A £70m project by asset managers The Carlyle Group turned the former Colgate-Palmolive factory into 400,000 sq ft of office space.

Following a remarkable year for Manchester regeneration, commercial development Soapworks has won the title of Regional Deal of the Year at this year’s MIPIM UK Estates Gazette awards.

The iconic development was recognised for its landmark agreement with broadband provider TalkTalk, which took 106,000 sq ft on a 15-year lease, making it the largest letting of speculative office space in Greater Manchester this year.

SOAPWORKS LETS 90% OF Phase I & II

The Carlyle Group’s major development Soapworks has successfully let 90% of the space available in Phase I and II, as it secures its third deal of 2015, welcoming international infrastructure engineering company MWH Global on a 10 year leasing agreement.

SOAPWORKS SECURES 160,000 SQ FT OF LANDMARK LETTINGS TO TALKTALK AND THE HOME OFFICE

Global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group announces that it has secured two milestone lettings at its Soapworks scheme in Salford Quays for a total of 160,000 sq ft. to both The Home Office and TalkTalk which it is developing in a joint venture with Nikal and Abstract Securities.

Global alternative asset manager, The Carlyle Group, and its joint venture partners Nikal and Abstract Securities, announce that they have let the entire 20,000 sq ft Boilerhouse at the Soapworks development to TalkTalk.

TalkTalk Group has taken a 10 year lease at the Boilerhouse. The company has chosen the site for a new meeting and training facility, which is expected to become operational in March 2015.