Are these Maltings offices the coolest place to work in Hull?

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 2 Nov 2016

Fitted with state-of-the-art work pods, gaming stations and a roof-top garden, it is safe to say this is a hell-of-a-cool place to work.

Its futuristic premises – complete with fish tanks and tree sculptures too – rivals the likes of Facebook, Google and other high-tech businesses located in the heart of Silicon Valley.

However, this is no west coast fairytale. It is in the heart of Hull and is home to SGS International – a global leader in packaging, graphic design and artwork. Based at the Maltings in Silvester Street, more than 2,000 employees are lucky to turn up here for work every day.

Barbara Sharp, managing director of SGS, said the company made the investment into the building to invest into her workforce.

She said: "Our staff are our biggest assets. By investing in the area where they spend a big proportion of their lives, it is a big part of unlocking their potential and getting the most of out of people.

"We are a highly creative company, hiring creative people so we want to put them in the best environment to get the best results."

Before transforming into a high-tech hub, the Maltings was home to a Victorian brewery best known for its beer Anchor Export, until it closed in 1985. It remained derelict and boarded up for many years, until Allenby Commercial took over the property in 2010 and began to refurbish it.

The biggest part of the work was Brewery House – with four levels of space – which SGS moved into in 2012.

SGS worked with Hull-based RFD Interior Architecture to maintain the building's historic features while introducing a modern feel.

Alex Jenneson, of RFD, said: "Bringing back old buildings is both challenging and rewarding, especially one with such a strong local connection to the city and its people.

"Exposing and reusing the rich visible architecture within the building allows the staff to interact with these spaces and appreciate the heritage as well as have a great place to work and socialise."

Mrs Sharp said the finished product has already done wonders for the business. She said: "The attention to detail, high-quality finishes and quirky features throughout the entire property has resulted in a contemporary working environment for staff, who can come together and use the facilities not only during the day but after work as well.

"I think we have created a fantastically cool and functional space for our staff and the results speak for themselves. We have already secured two new contracts and are looking to hire 30 more people as a result."

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