Manchester-based technology firm UKFast has launched a brand new, state-of the-art 500-seater auditorium and events space, creating a new platform for knowledge sharing and collaboration within the UK tech industry.
The facility includes a 100 sq. ft. digital screen, full-spec AV and media suite, bar and networking area, breakout spaces and free parking. Users also have the option of support from the UKFast events and media teams.
The facility is free to use for UKFast clients and partners and for charitable organisations. Other organisations can make enquires to hire the space.
The recently completed auditorium is situated within the 40,000 sq. ft. extension to UKFast Campus near Manchester Science Park, which the firm expanded into last year.
UKFast CEO Lawrence Jones said: “Despite the huge advances in digital communication, there’s still a real demand from the business community for spaces to get together face to face, to meet and to collaborate. Sometimes there’s just no substitute for building relationships in person.
“UKFast Campus has a long history of hosting business and networking events, and providing a hub for the local technology community to work together. It’s incredibly exciting to open up new opportunities for our clients, the tech industry and the wider community.”
The event space can be configured in a theatre style to accommodate 500 people, or cabaret style with tables to accommodate 150.
The firm has already hosted a number of events in the space, including a free cinema club for local children in need of a helping hand, but the space opens to the public in January, with bookings being taken now.
UKFast’s new building is also home to not-for-profit tech initiative Tech Manchester, cybersecurity firm Secarma and the FastForward co-working space, which is host to a growing number of fast-developing technology businesses.
Plans in the pipeline for UKFast Campus include a health-food café and a recording studio and media centre.
The refurbishment of the entire building is being carried out by UKFast Space, the full-service team of builders, electricians, joiners and architects responsible for the transformative refit of UKFast’s original campus building and Lawrence Jones’s stunning après ski bar and hotel, Le Farinet, in Verbier, Switzerland.