OBI has completed the first phase of a ‘historic’ development for an international online travel agency in Manchester.
The property consultancy is looking to compete with the division’s new global headquarters in Manchester Goods Yard, which will become Booking.com’s second global hub outside Amsterdam and represents an investment of £100m.
When completed, a team of 1,000 people will move into the base.
OBI has been appointed to provide workplace consulting, interior design, project management, contract administration and cost consulting services for the fit-up, which covers approximately 175,000 square feet of space spread over five floors.
Design features include connected meeting spaces, team rooms, breakout spaces, and catering facilities.
Smart office monitoring systems have also been incorporated into the project to help the company understand how many people are in each space, allowing smart technology to monitor and adjust environments based on the social environment of the desk.
Manchester Goods Yard is part of Enterprise City, with a building inspired by industrial warehouses in Brooklyn and New York.
OBI’s Joe Weilding said: “We have been working with Booking.com for over four years on this project and to finally see it all come to fruition as planned is very rewarding. The whole team has worked closely together to ensure that we stay on budget while providing a truly world-class workspace and program.
“The project has been challenging with many moving parts, but delivering the first phase of the project as planned is fantastic.”
Matthias Schmid, Acting Vice President of Booking.com’s Travel Division, added: “Manchester Goods Yard represents a historic investment in our people and the future of Booking.com in the city.
“The North West’s tech scene is world-leading and is undoubtedly home to the talent that will drive our growth in the years to come. Having what will be one of the most modern and contemporary workspaces in the UK Uni strengthens our ability to attract and retain the best employees as we continue to develop the technologies that enable seamless and connected travel.”