Bristol cyber security firm Immersive Labs has unveiled its new headquarters in Bristol.
The business, which was founded by ex-GCHQ trainer James Hadley, has taken the entire sixth floor (16,000 sq ft) of The Programme building on All Saint’s Street. It was previously based at Runway East in the city.
The company has developed an online platform for organisations to identify gaps in a workforce’s cyber knowledge and counts Airbnb, Deutsche Bank and the Met Police among its customers. It employs more than 300 staff at its offices in Bristol and Boston, in the US.
The new Bristol headquarters were designed by workplace design firm Interaction, which said it proposed the idea of creating an “immersive experience” and a “multi-sensory space” for Immersive Labs.
The office includes a scooter pathway; games room; collaborative and private working spaces; a reception; an auditorium for staff meetings; a soundproof podcast room; and a wellness suite where staff can have lunchtime yoga sessions.
Dieter Wood, Interaction’s managing director, said: “We’re really excited to deliver this playful new office space for Immersive Labs. The firm wanted its new headquarters to be compelling, characterful and cool – in short, they wanted to attract the brightest minds by offering the best employee experience.”
Mr Wood said offices like the one designed for Immersive Labs encouraged “greater collaboration” and increased staff wellbeing. He added: “Happy and engaged employees get more high-quality work done and are likely to stay at their company longer.”
Emily Farrington, executive assistant to the chief executive and project lead at Immersive Labs, said the new office was “jaw-dropping”.
She said: “Interaction pulled out all the stops to make sure our workplace was delivered on time and in great shape. The whole project has been a game-changer for Immersive Labs. We now have a jaw-dropping, world-class office in which to house some of the UK’s top tech talent.”
In November last year, Immersive Labs acquired Pennsylvania-based Snap Labs for an undisclosed sum. It also landed a major deal to help Formula One team McLaren Racing improve the cybersecurity skills of its workforce.
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