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Techedia transforms historic Southport landmark into stunning new offices with £1m investment
The impressive new Techedia offices in Southport town centre are now open, after an investment of well over £1 million. It is a huge boost for Southport’s hopes of diversifying its economy and growing the creative, digital and tech sectors – and a blueprint for what the town can become.
Techedia, which specialises in IT in the professional services sector, moved from its base in Crosby as it continues to expand. The firm has experienced year on year growth since its formation in 2013. There are 40 people currently employed in the 6,000sq ft Cloisters building with the ambition of growing that to 50 by the end of this year and 60 next year.
Formerly a Victorian era school building – occupied by Christ Church School – the site was previously occupied by Taskers Sports. It has been divided into two units.
The unoccupied section of the building next to Techedia will soon host another professional services firm, with Techedia in discussions with law firms, architects and accountants.
Later this year the new Southport Enterprise Arcade is due to open nearby on Eastbank Street while work is due to begin soon on covering the former BHS department store on Chapel Street into 30 new apartments, with retail and leisure units underneath.
New life is arriving in Southport town centre which is sure to attract more private investment as well as supporting the existing local businesses in the area.
For Techedia owner Matthew Townson it has been a real labour of love. A born and bred Sandgrounder, he studied at Larkfield Primary, Birkdale High School and KGV Sixth Form College before heading to university. He already invests heavily in the town by sponsoring Southport Football Club, with Techedia’s name appearing across the front of shirts at all levels.
Mr Townson has fond memories of visiting his granddad, Douglas Tinsley, who was a Director at the famous Broadbents & Boothroyds department store on Lord Street in the 1970s and 1980s. He is delighted to be able to look out of his windows in his office at Techedia and see his grandfather’s old store, now operating at Beales department store.
He said: “The Covid pandemic got in the way of our plans! Design work started on this project two years ago. “It has cost well over £1 million to redevelop the Cloisters building. “There has been nothing easy about this process. But we are very proud of what we have achieved. We have got something that is really amazing here.
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Source: Stand Up for Southport.com