KPMG UK is investing £5.5m in an overhaul of its Manchester office aimed at boosting collaborative working.

The firm said it will build a new 25,000 square foot tech hub — dubbed Ignition North — aimed at fostering innovation and digital transformation.

KPMG also said it would redesign its wider office space at One St Peter’s Square to encourage group working and collaboration.

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The firm said the redesign would “prioritise meetings, presentations and informal get-togethers” between the firm’s staff, clients and wider networks.

KPMG’s Manchester office is home to 1,200 employees. The firm said the new tech hub would create new roles in the city.

The hub will feature so-called sprint rooms to allow clients and KPMG staff to work together on digital projects, a facility aimed at showcasing data, analytics and artificial intelligence tools and a “lab” where teams of between 10 and 30 can work together on projects, the firm said.

KPMG occupies 75,000 sq ft in Manchester, but increased hybrid working means that more of that space will be dedicated to client facilities following the redesign, a spokesperson said.

Around two thirds of the overall space will be used as office and meeting room space after the overhaul, the spokesperson added.

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“The office will feature a range of different workstations, ranging from traditional desks to collaboration tables for teams and informal ‘touch down’ spaces for people who might be in-between meetings,” KPMG’s Manchester senior partner Warren Middleton said.

The firm opened a tech centre in 2019 occupying 12,000 sq ft in the Manchester Technology Centre on Oxford Road, but said last year it would close the hub following the increased adoption of hybrid working post-pandemic.

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