The UK’s leading breakdown company is investing in new office space at Quorum Park as part of plans to modernise its operations.
The AA, which will be moving in March after nearly 30 years at Newcastle Business Park, is taking 27,000 sq. ft. of workspace across three floors at Q3, following completion of an office fit-out programme which has already commenced.
The news comes as part of plans by the AA to look at its future direction and modernise current work practices in the face of changing operations – accelerated by the Covid pandemic – providing its 700-strong North East workforce with a more flexible, contemporary work environment.
Quorum Park will provide the AA, which offers vehicle insurance, driving lessons, breakdown cover, loans, motoring advice and other services to thousands of customers, with a new regional head office that will see staff benefit from a range of onsite amenities and services. These include sports facilities, gym, children’s nursery, food and drink outlets together with EV charging stations, good local transport links and onsite parking.
The 10-year letting was brokered by Avison Young and Savills. The AA will join names such as Verisure, Rightmove, National Utility Hub, Shared Services Connected Ltd (SSCL), Rambol and NRG, all of whom have made the move to Quorum since it was acquired by Shelborn Asset Management in 2019.
Jamie Baldridge, Quorum’s director of park services, said: “Enabling businesses to cater for growth and expansion, Quorum will be the ideal location to accommodate the AA’s current and future needs. It provides an accessible flexible working environment that has everything people require, so we’re really looking forward to welcoming the AA next month.”
There is now less than 20,000 sq. ft. of space left at Quorum Park, said Tony Wordsworth, director at Avison Young. He added: “This is another big name for the park, which continues to appeal to forward thinking organisations looking to benefit from first class, flexible commercial space with excellent infrastructure and transport links.”
Quorum Park offices meet the requirements of modern workforces with space that can be adapted as technology evolves, working patterns change and personnel come and go. They also offer the capacity to design a fit-out that reflects the size and working ethos of the individual workforce rather than asking people to adapt to the building in which they work.