Huckletree Manchester x OBI: The Vision

BY Monica LeungSeptember 3, 2019

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We’re building a neighbourhood for the futurists, with workspace that inspires creative thought, promotes wellbeing and empowers entrepreneurs to scale and change our world. We’ve brought our workspace accelerator approach from the UK and Ireland to give Manchester’s creatives, entrepreneurs and investors the space they need to develop ideas and grow, together. 

To make this all happen and create the perfect workspace we partnered with the award-winning design team at OBI. We sat down with Darius Baniabassian, Head of Workplace Consultancy at OBI, to talk about the vision behind Huckletree Manchester, design inspiration, and what makes Manchester’s startup ecosystem so unique. 


When you visit a Huckletree workspace there is a buzz and dynamism that is rarely found elsewhere, with a striking and fun identity that sets them apart. The fact that Huckletree was also moving into the Express building – breathing new life into one of Manchester’s most iconic and loved buildings – is a huge moment.

Huckletree’s location between Ancoats and the Northern Quarter will be a great resource for the exciting and innovative companies in the area, with Huckletree’s global community of members and ambassadors providing unrivalled support.


The Art Deco influences of the Express building and Memphis art movement active during the building’s construction have been a huge influence. The colour and patterns lean into Huckletree’s identity and has led our interior design to create a striking and innovative environment where all of Huckletree’s members can feel that they’re part of something special.

There’s two features that stand out most to me. Firstly the Imaginarium which is a special place within the workspace – it’s not just a space to rest and relax but it’s also designed to inspire. The other is the graphical elements that feature across the interior design and I can’t wait to see what that will bring to the atmosphere.


We’re now in a connected world where people are spending more time working, communicating and problem solving, so the workplace has adapted to bring together better a variety of spaces for different work styles with an emphasis on wellbeing and collaboration.

Businesses are also becoming increasingly dynamic and constantly changing in size and structure, adding a whole host of pressures when choosing a suitable workspace. A problem to which Huckletree has the answers.

Workspace no longer means you are chained to a desk and it’s quickly becoming a place to meet, collaborate and socialise. We’re already designing workspaces where desks are almost non existent and is instead a resource hub for remote and agile workers.


For a bit of history, my top tips are the Manchester Museum, John Ryland’s Library and the People’s History Museum but there are areas of the city that will appeal to everyone. Manchester is famous for its live music scene, with many venues close to the Express Building. There’s so many new food and drink spots opening in the Northern Quarter and Ancoats, too. The Soup Kitchen, Matt and Phreds, Band On The Wall… the list goes on.


Manchester has a long history of entrepreneurial spirit with an open-minded and forward-thinking attitude which continues to thrive today. There’s no fear of doing things differently and a solidarity that even if things don’t work out the first time you can go for it again. There’s also a very active creative and tech community here. It’s this community spirit and solidarity that makes Manchester stand out.


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Monica Leung

Content and Social Associate