Ultimate Products invests £1.8m in newly refurbished office space

Consumer goods brands giant Ultimate Products has opened a newly refurbished office at its global headquarters in Greater Manchester, following £1.8m of investment in the space.

Manor Mill, which has served as Ultimate Products’ HQ since 1997, is a 200,000 sq ft, five storey former cotton spinning mill located in Chadderton, Oldham.

The decision to renovate Manor Mill’s fourth floor was taken in 2019 in order to provide additional capacity for future growth and a better-quality workspace for the Group’s office-based workforce.

The renovated space now contains an additional 250 workspaces, as well as a social area for refreshments and meetings, filtered ventilation systems, increased collaboration areas, and enhanced technology for digital meetings, along with increased onsite training and development facilities.

The work undertaken also focused on improving the building’s efficiency, sustainability, and energy conservation.

This included the replacement of the building’s wooden windows with a modern double-glazed alternative, thereby improving insulation and ventilation throughout the space, and the installation of energy-efficient LED sensor lights.

More than £1m of the of the £1.8m financial outlay has been spent with Oldham-based contractors, including The Jordon Group, Mercian Electrical, Discounted Plastics, HNA Architects, Ligero Design, Kenyon Paints, George Hill Timber, Holroyds, Hire it Hire, and Cracking Racking.

Simon Showman, Chief Executive of Ultimate Products, said: “I am delighted to see the transformation of Manor Mill completed. Manor Mill is a fantastic building with an incredibly rich history.

“Though the mill’s cotton production ended in 1990, we took up residence in 1997 and have thrived there ever since, which just goes to show how historic buildings of this kind can still play a key role in global commerce.

“This project is also an important next step in our recruitment and retention of key talent, including through our flourishing Graduate Development Scheme, as well as providing sufficient space for further growth in the future.

“In addition, we have significantly increased the building’s energy efficiency, in keeping with our aim of reducing our impact on the environment as much as possible.”