Siemens has announced its Manchester site will become the company’s UK headquarters.
The move by the engineering giant will also see 60 new jobs created at its flagship building in Didsbury.
Sir William Siemens House on Princess Road was opened 30 years ago, and the change sees head office move from Frimley, Surrey.
The company said staff at Frimley are not affected, and the office ‘continues to be an important strategic location for the company.’
Juergen Maier CBE, CEO, Siemens and Greater Manchester LEP member, said: “The move of the head office to Manchester supports the future strategic direction of Siemens’ industrial core business. Many of our customer and employee base are located in or near to Manchester, making it an ideal location for much of our operations.”
Siemens’ industrial core businesses are comprised of the company’s Digital Industries and Smart Infrastructure operating companies.
Their location at Didsbury is a new boost for the Didsbury Technology Park, which occupies nine acres of the original Siemens campus at West Didsbury.
The science and technology park is a strategic partnership being delivered by Siemens, Bruntwood, PJ Livesey, Spire Group and Manchester council. It benefits from excellent location, close to both the Oxford Road Corridor innovation district and Manchester airport.
It will provide over 155,000 sq ft of new purpose-built commercial workspace in three buildings delivered over three phases, as well as a multi-storey car park and high-quality landscaped environment.
Residential development is also underway at the park.
Siemens’ Manchester base has received new investment in facilities including a fully refurbished reception area, customer lounge and a new employee wellbeing area, making it a preferred showcase for customers and visitors.
Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, said: “The news that Manchester is the new headquarters for Siemens UK is a great vote of confidence in Greater Manchester.
“The move is a real boost as we implement our Local Industrial Strategy which aims to raise productivity in sectors where Siemens is a world leader: advanced materials, cyber-security and digitalisation of industries.
“Our city-region led the first industrial revolution, and this is yet another step forward as we look to lead the fourth.”
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Henri Murison, director, The Northern Powerhouse Partnership, said: “Siemens’ decision to run its UK operation from Manchester can only help our ambition for the North to close the productivity gap and work towards an extra 850,000 jobs by 2050 by transforming our economy for the better.
“Making Manchester its UK Head Office puts the Northern Powerhouse at the heart of the latest manufacturing and industrial technologies and adds to the compelling claim for the North to lead the next industrial revolution, with Siemens wider commitment to the UK so vital to our country.”
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