National refurbishment and fit out specialist Overbury has delivered a modern, dynamic headquarters for musicMagpie at Stockport Exchange, in South Manchester.
Overbury was appointed to carry out an eight-week fit out at the iconic Grade ‘A’ office scheme, which was developed by Muse in partnership with Stockport Council. Due to the company’s rapid expansion, the project needed to be completed quickly and efficiently to ensure a smooth transition from its smaller premises.
The online entertainment retailer relocated, on the scheduled completion date, from Hazel Grove to take 10,000 sq ft on the first floor of the prominent office location.
The move has coincided with the company’s 10th anniversary and comes after its co-founders, Steve Oliver and Walter Gleeson realised the company needed larger, higher specification offices with excellent transport infrastructure to enable the business to grow further.
“We were tasked with creating an inspiring, agile working environment that would help attract and retain the best talent in the region,” explained Philip Westwood, director at Overbury. “These new offices were a significant leap for the company and so key to the brief was the need to ensure the workspace stayed in line with the company’s culture.”
“musicMagpie were looking for a professional yet personal experience and one that ensured that the finished result was in line with their brand. Features such as the graphics were integral to the overall design. We incorporated the graphics from the Joy Division album cover, ‘Unknown Pleasures’ which was rated the most iconic album cover of all time. We drew inspiration from Manchester’s music scene, bringing in Stone Roses and Hacienda style stripes, as well as using Pacman and Space Invaders’ graphics, which nodded to the company’s gaming offer.”
Steve Oliver, CEO of musicMagpie, said: “Manchester and Stockport have become a hot bed for growing tech companies and so competition for the best employees is fierce. Relocating to Stockport Exchange ensures we provide a great working environment for our existing and new staff as well as helping to attract the best talent.
“Moving to Stockport Exchange has definitely been the right decision for the business. Overbury has worked closely with us to create an environment which sits well with our business.”
Philip concluded: “musicMagpie is an international business and these new offices reflect exactly that. It’s certainly a home that the team can be proud of.”