Software firm latest tenant to move into iconic Manchester building

Express Building

A digital and software consultancy is the latest business to move into the recently refurbished Express building.

Engine Transformation, a full-service consultancy which is part of ENGINE UK is moving into Huckletree, the 26,000 sq ft, three-storey workspace and growth accelerator on Great Ancoats Street.

Huckletree brings together 350 people working in digital lifestyle, media and tech businesses, including Tech Nation and Pixel Kicks.

The workspace is housed in the iconic Art Deco building in the Ancoats area.

The new workspace includes a 100+ person Live Lounge, meditation and wellness space and purpose-built podcast studio.

It will host a series of weekly curated events and talks will focus on talent and driving Northern investment.

Engine Transformation – whose clients include Pets at Home Group, Domino’s and the Department of Education – combines strategy, data, technology, employee insights and research to help organisations respond to rapidly changing customer needs.

Peter Rottier, director at Engine Transformation, said: “I am delighted to announce that ENGINE is moving into the Huckletree facility in the iconic Express building in Ancoats.

“The move to Huckletree is a logical next step in our growth plans with an ongoing focus and commitment to Manchester and the North

“Our new office will support both our growth plans in terms of space, and provide our people with the best possible office environment in a great location both in terms of location and vibe.”

Huckletree office

Emma Robertson, chief executive of Engine Transformation, said: “I am delighted that Huckletree is our partner on this next exciting phase of growth for ENGINE in Manchester. As an organisation that specialises in defining and building the future for our clients, being located in an innovative and stimulating office environment is essential – and the facility in Ancoats has both the heritage and inspiration we are looking for.”

Gabriela Hersham, chief executive and founder of Huckletree, said: “Our first Manchester hub is committed to bringing together the city’s most cutting edge practices, ambitious talent and renegade minds in digital, media and tech together. We’re excited to welcome ENGINE through our doors as a foundation member.

“Peter and the team will bring a wealth of expertise to our community and global network, through mentorship, collaboration, and perhaps even future partnerships across the community. We can’t wait to see the Express building become the home, incubator and backdrop for their ground-breaking ideas.”