18th Jun, 2019
The Bedford team have relocated – our new state of the art Bedford Heights office is now open!
Our move comes with ambitious expansion and recruitment plans, facilitating ongoing growth. The modern refurbished suite is 10,303sq ft of well-designed space – which smacks of Microsoft or Google. 72 staff are now based in our Bedford office and we have plenty of room to grow.
Kimberly Dillon, Facilities Administrator, project managed the move – which was no mean feat. Working with Designer Mark Constanzo, of Fiducia Interiors, the concept started with picking a blank canvas space in the building. To start, there was nothing but the odd pillar.
The team fell for the office when they saw it – and the history behind it made it more alluring (it has links to Texas Instruments, an American tech company).
Richard Billington, CTO, said: “The Texas Instruments building is a local landmark and our team based in Bedford is primarily from the area, so it’s exciting to see the renovation that’s taken place – and to get to experience it as a tenant. Having lived and worked in Bedford my whole life, it’s great to move our company into Bedford’s premier business destination.
As one of the region’s biggest employers of technical talent, it’ll no doubt be an advantage to be based in the building when recruiting. If any local PHP developers, testers, product owners or product managers are looking for a new challenge, then look up Netcall Liberty.”
The vast transformation wasn’t shy with colour. An open plan office area surrounds a central block of vibrant modular meeting and training rooms. Our original Netcall Liberty branding was an inspiration of the colour choice.
There’s seven meeting rooms, a recording studio (for our Netcall Liberty podcasts CX Appeal and Life in Low-code, and our Low-code 101 webinars), some informal work/breakout areas scattered around, a kitchen/lunch area and a waiting area. It’s an open plan, but structured space. A great backdrop to host our Try Create low-code training.
When asked about her highlights of the project, Kim said: “It was great working with the designer, and the results of the design and layout have definitely created a better working atmosphere, which brings everyone together. The project was a pleasure to work on, with the only real challenge being the last leg – pulling it all together at the final hurdle.”
Mayor Dave Hodgson officially opened our new premises on 5th June, joined by Tim Pain, Director of Verve Developments Ltd (owners of Bedford Heights), Mark Constanzo (designer), Richard Billington, CTO, and Henrik Bang, CEO.
Guests took keen interest in our software applications, particularly those used by local government. Netcall was recognised for what we bring to the local economy and community too. Visitors were impressed by the free Create coding course on offer to local students for National Coding Week.
Tim Pain said: “It’s a real success story, as this part of the business originally started life as a local digital design agency, and has now grown into one of the world’s top technology companies.
The Texas Instruments building has a strong technology heritage, so it’s fitting that Netcall takes a large space at Bedford Heights – becoming one of our biggest tenant businesses. We are very much looking forward to the company becoming integrated into our vibrant business community.”
The launch event was a success. Great for all who worked so hard on the project, seeing it all come to fruition – they should all be proud.
The building offers staff and visitors contemporary workspace, a fantastic onsite restaurant (Graze), a lounge, reception, conference venue, co-working space, gym and hotel.
On Brickhill Drive close to the town centre, the mainline train station and major link roads make Bedford Heights the town’s most desirable business location. We’re pleased that Netcall Liberty is part of the Bedford Heights community.