Posted on December 5, 2018 by staff

Social Chain unveils ‘out of this world’ office expansion


Social media guru Social Chain has added a whole raft of exciting new features onto its Manchester office following an incredible expansion.

Alongside an indoor jungle and floating boardroom, the team has incorporated seven new creative studios at their HQ, based in the heart of Bruntwood Work’s digital and tech community in West Village.

From starting out in co-working space at 127 Portland Street for four people just four years ago, the masters of social marketing have undergone phenomenal growth.

They have now expanded in to 15,000 sq. ft. of office space in the building and employ over 250 people worldwide.

The new designs, overseen by Atul Bansal of Sheila Bird Group and carried out in partnership with Bruntwood, are centred on providing a mix of collaborative workspaces creating the ultimate creative playground for millennials.

A new indoor jungle, complete with soothing rainforest soundtrack, has been designed as a quiet, zen zone for workers. While, a huge new tiered seating area is the perfect space for teams to gather for meetings or presentations.

It has even taken inspiration for its NYC offices and installed New York style subway meeting pods to reflect the journey their overseas colleagues take to work.

Taking centre stage is a huge, floating ‘out of this world’ boardroom decorated to reflect outer space and guaranteed to wow guests, alongside which is a chilled coffee shop area and a ‘secret passage’ filled with colourful beanbags.

The agency also now has a total of eight show-stopping studios, including facilities for podcasts, photography and filming, which are all available to hire by external companies.

“We’re massive on making sure everyone gets a say so we can give people what they want from their work environment,” said Social Chain CEO Steve Bartlett.

“Our new all-singing, all-dancing studios are incredible too. There’s nothing like them in Manchester, so it really is a big first for the city.

“Social Chain’s whirlwind journey has been amazing and we want to thank Bruntwood for all they’ve done for us.

“We never wanted to split the team up across offices and Bruntwood has been instrumental in making this possible – extending spaces and doing everything in their power to keep us all together and help us grow with them.

“We look forward to continuing to work together for further expansion plans in the coming months. Watch this space.”

Adam Selka, senior asset manager at Bruntwood, said: “In today’s millennial-led marketplace, creating cool collaborative spaces is essential at helping increasing employee enjoyment, talent attraction and retention and boosting creativity.

“Being asked for an office jungle was definitely a first for us, but we’re always willing to let our customers go a little wild to create an impact.”

Social Chain Group was founded by university dropouts Steve Bartlett and Dom McGregor in 2014. It has two divisions within the same building, its social creative department Social Chain, and Media Chain, its online media publishing company, which was launched in Summer 2018.