Microsoft Seeking Office Space in Birmingham
Already operating out of studio office space in Digbeth, the computer games developer will seek to expand its Birmingham operation by securing up to 40,000 sq. ft. of office space to accommodate between 300 to 400 staff in what is described as an ΓÇ£iconic locationΓÇ¥ ΓÇô with the recently completed Cube highlighted as one possibility.
As well as having been responsible for classics such as Donkey Kong Country and Goldeneye, the Microsoft owned firm are also behind the Kinect for Xbox 360 ΓÇô a revolutionary motion-sensitive technology which gets gamers off the sofa by turning them into the controller.
Quoting a source identified as having privy knowledge of the deal, TheBusinessDesk.com wrote:
“Being Microsoft, they are looking for a suitably impressive, even iconic location, and fortunately Birmingham has a number of choices to go at the moment.”
With grade ΓÇÿAΓÇÖ office space expected to diminish in the UKΓÇÖs regional office markets in the next few years, the large office requirement being sought by Microsoft could force the hand of other firms keen to secure premium space within the city.
“Jones Lang LaSalle is advising Rare Games, a subsidiary of Microsoft.ΓÇ¥
confirmed a spokesperson for the property firm before expanding on the requirement:
“Rare Games is looking to expand their presence in Birmingham, by up to around 40,000 sq ft, and a number of buildings have been reviewed.ΓÇ¥
Having attracted Rare to it Digbeth offices only last year ΓÇô which at the time was seen as a significant victory for the city of Birmingham ΓÇô news that the city could see further expansion by Microsoft will be welcomed and no-doubt highlighted by those keen to attract other businesses to the office space available in Birmingham.