Mantle has extensive experience of managing flexible working spaces – including the CB1 Business Centre near Cambridge station, which it has run since 2013. Its portfolio of business centres also includes The Officers' Mess at Duxford – which it restored and now operates as serviced offices and co-working spaces – and historic Thremhall Park set in 12 acres of parkland near Stansted.
Announcing the contract award, Mantle CEO, Guy Baker, said:
"We are delighted to welcome The Bradfield Centre to our growing portfolio of high-quality, thriving business centres.
"Each of our centres has its own unique identity – so our priority will be preserving the ethos and values of The Bradfield Centre to ensure it continues to fulfil its role as a vital hub for the region's tech community. It's business as usual for the members who enjoy the world-class facilities and we are keen to build on this flourishing entrepreneurial hub."
The Bradfield Centre, in the heart of the Cambridge Science Park, opened in 2017. It was part-funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in a collaboration with Trinity College Cambridge. The flexible working space has proved popular with entrepreneurs, researchers and students – with a vibrant community of innovative, high-growth start-up and scale-up businesses. Since opening, it has supported more than 120 companies working on cutting-edge technology ranging from artificial intelligence, data science and augmented reality to edtech, fintech and biotech.
The centre offers a variety of flexible working options – from a single desk to offices or collaborative spaces. It also includes a 100-seat auditorium, an outdoor lakeside pavilion, meeting rooms, breakout areas and fully equipped kitchens, as well as a café that is open to the public. Around 700 tech events have been hosted at the centre, attracting more than 30,000 attendees.