Matillion, a provider of data productivity, has inaugurated its new headquarters in Manchester aimed at advancing innovation in data and artificial intelligence (AI). The two-story site at Two New Bailey serves as the company’s first engineering-focussed centre and European HQ, in addition to its sister-headquarters in Denver, Colorado. This 28,000-square-foot space offers a cloud-themed reception area and break-out spaces that support a coffee-shop-working culture. The fit-out is led by Oktra and dotted with nods to both Manchester and Denver, exploring the influence of the surrounding environments.
Moreover, Matillion’s HQ includes a 968-square-foot hole, which houses a landscape-inspired staircase that can double as an auditorium space. The site also features a terrace overlooking the city at the seventh floor. Matillion is committed to Manchester as its home for innovation, with the goal of driving substantial change in the UK and the world through data and AI. “The world’s first stored program computer was born here and computing changed the world. Data and AI have that same potential,” says CEO and co-founder Matthew Scullion.
Matillion, which achieved unicorn status in 2021, plans to announce its roadmap for 2024 and beyond at Data Unlocked in November, a virtual conference hosted in both Manchester and Denver. The event offers an excellent opportunity to explore how AI can help solve complex problems—with Matillion empowering pioneers by creating tools to make data AI-ready and building AI use cases simple and productive for businesses.
Jemma Harrison, design director at Oktra, who worked on both the Manchester and Denver fit-outs, said, “We explored the influence of the surrounding environments to deliver two locations that are not ‘twins’ but ‘sisters’, sharing the same principles and core ethos but with differing aesthetics.”