Property developer Stoford has completed the new global headquarters for cloud communications software leader Metaswitch, a Microsoft company.
The 55,800 square foot, Excellent BREEAM rated five-storey building in Genotin Road, Enfield, North London, provides a modern workspace for cutting edge software development including a rooftop conference centre, full-height atrium, collaboration workspaces, quiet rooms and a basement car park with charging points for electric cars and bicycles.
The office, which will serve up to 500 people, is designed with energy-saving measures that will help Metaswitch meet its environmental sustainability targets.
Gerard Ludlow, Director at Stoford, said: “This prestigious project is a great example of the private and public sector working together to deliver a first-class regeneration scheme in Enfield. We’re proud to have played our role in bringing forward this high-profile development for a key employer in this town.”
Martin Lund, CEO of Metaswitch, said: “The well-being, health, and happiness of our employees is our priority, especially during these challenging times.
“While we are working from home for now to protect our employees, customers, partners and their families, we look forward to the time when it is safe to welcome our team to a new workplace that is designed to nurture the creativity, productivity, and care that they contribute every day.
“As a key employer of highly skilled software engineers, Metaswitch will continue to support our local Enfield community as we grow our business.”
Michael Duff, project architect at BDP, added: “Metaswitch’s new HQ in Enfield is a world-class workplace, designed to encourage collaboration and to reflect the modern standards of office design. The building exudes innovation and teamwork, from the vibrant façade to the multi-storey atrium through to the open-plan office space and flexible amenity areas.”
Metaswitch’s main offices have been in Enfield since the company was founded 40 years ago in 1981. Local authority Enfield Council supported Metaswitch’s plans for expansion by identifying a prime location for the new premises.
In a first for Enfield Council, the local authority is both the funder and the landlord for the project, leasing the commercial property to Metaswitch. Income generated from the lease will be put back into funding and enhancing local services.
Enfield Council’s Leader, Councillor Nesil Caliskan, said: “Metaswitch is a valued, long-time employer providing highly skilled jobs in the Borough of Enfield. We are delighted the company decided to remain and expand in Enfield as a vital contributor to our community and build its new global headquarters in our town center. This development complements the Council’s support for employment at a challenging time for our town centers and the local economy.”
McLaren Construction was the primary contractor, appointed by property developer Stoford Developments. McLaren built the office on a one-acre site that was previously a car park located on Genotin Road in Enfield town centre.