12 May Why Altrincham is the Place for your Business
The recent recognition of Altrincham as one of the most desirable places to live in the UK, from the likes of The Sunday Times and Right Move, has resulted in businesses following suit and making the move there. We are seeing a great range of offices now available in the town, from co-working spaces to larger developments, such as 3 Barrington Road which reached Practical Completion prior to UK lockdown. So, if you are looking for somewhere new to base your business once we safely return to normality, why not consider becoming part of this up and coming neighbourhood.
As Manchester grows further into its status as the “Capital of the North”, you don’t need us to tell you why businesses are flocking to the area. But venture out from the city centre, and you will find there is much to be said for this Greater Manchester suburb.
Altrincham is well-connected to the surrounding area. Whether you live in Manchester city centre, South Manchester, Cheshire, or Salford, your commute will be no problem.
Altrincham Interchange offers access to train, tram and bus. At only 30 minutes by tram from Manchester Piccadilly, you can enjoy your working week in Altrincham, while still having the hustle and bustle of the city to live from at weekends. With easy access to the M6 and M60, it is also prime location by car from wherever you make home. No longer is a city centre office crucial for an easy commute.
Full of big names such as Bistrot Pierre, but known for its independent eateries like Porta Tapas, Sugo, and The Con Club, there is no shortage of food and beverage spots, making it perfect for an office lunch or post-work drink.
And you cannot speak about Altrincham without mentioning the does-it-all shining star of the town centre, Altrincham Market, a winning formula that has been replicated in the Northern Quarter’s Mackie Mayor. A busy indoor food hall with communal bench seating and street-food style traders serving up a variety of cuisines, along with artisan bars. There is no better place to go with a large office crowd. The outdoor area comes alive throughout the week with traders selling fresh bread, fish, veg, flowers, and other traditional market-style essentials. In addition to other retail destinations such as Stamford Quarter and a multitude of independent shops, selling clothing, homeware, antiques and more, there are plenty of options for a pay day shopping spree, last minute gift, or shopping for tonight’s dinner on your way back from the office.
With wellbeing and work-life balance becoming more and more important to employers, these are also important aspects to consider when locating your team. At just a matter of minutes to the closest gym, newly refurbished 3 Barrington Road is in prime location to sustain a work-life balance, and holds wellbeing at the heart of the building’s ethos.
The Office Space
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the way in which we work and use our offices will inevitably change. Predictions are that businesses will want to upkeep measures we have become used to during lockdown, even after non-essential work is once again allowed in offices. Key to this will be offices with increased space, in order to practice social distancing. More thought will also be put into workspaces that allow for excellent audio visual and video conferencing facilities.
We also see agile working becoming a standard in many businesses after successful practice of this during this time. This may lead some businesses to look at downsizing their office space to accommodate more employees working from home.
Altrincham’s workspaces tick all these boxes. 3 Barrington Road has huge amounts of space for a town of this size, boasting 30,000 sq ft. With the recent renovation opening up floorplates to create 4 floors of open plan spaces that are flexible to many different suite formations. Having the luxury of all of this space means that your business can respond to the COVID-19 crisis in whichever way you see fit, whether upsizing or downsizing, while being able to appreciate the up and coming town of Altrincham.
If you are looking for a new home for your businesses, consider moving Altrincham to the top of your list. Solid Ground have been working with Columbia Threadneedle to launch 3 Barrington Road, Grade A office space in Altrincham. If this sounds like a place you could imagine your team…
By Erin Gregg
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