TalkTalk has completed its move to Salford Quays, bringing together almost 1,500 colleagues from two separate offices into a new state-of-the-art building, the Soapworks.
The move follows a comprehensive two year re-fit of the former Palmolive/Colgate building on the banks of River Irwell transforming the former factory building into a vibrant and modern environment TalkTalk colleagues are rightly proud of.
Spread over five floors the 106,000 sq ft space celebrates connectivity and innovation, and features the very latest in technology and working environments, such as mobile meeting hubs made from clear writeable glass. It has been designed to give colleagues greater flexibility about how and where they work, while also providing social areas including a modern industrial inspired café with views of the Manchester skyline, a roof terrace and picnic heath.
The Soapworks forms a significant part of TalkTalk’s Great Place to Work strategy, which has seen the company introduce a number of new initiatives to drive employee engagement and champion innovation and deliver exceptional customer service.
A key part of the decision to move was the opportunity to build links with a wide group of universities and colleges in the local area to promote early careers opportunities for Apprentices and Graduates particularly in Tech and Digital careers.
Mark Dickinson, TalkTalk’s Chief People Officer, said: “Making TalkTalk an even better place to work is a key priority for us and we are proud to be investing in our colleagues, as well as in our new home. As a technology company, it’s important that our working environment reflects our digital first culture. We’ve had a great response to the move from our people and believe that a highly engaged team will deliver a better service for our customers. The offices in Soapworks are best in class and a great investment in Greater Manchester.”