Matthew Neville

“Flexible and dynamic” Birmingham workspace signs trio of new businesses

Bruntwood Works has welcomed three new businesses to its collaborative community at Cornerblock, in the heart of Birmingham.

Technology firm Kainos, Sedgwick International and Kroll have collectively taken over 16,266 sq ft of flexible working space across three floors.

Situated north of Birmingham city centre in the Colmore Business District, Cornerblock is connected to transport links across the city and within close proximity to local shops, bars, and restaurants, and is designed to provide “vibrant spaces that encourage collaboration and innovation”.

Boasting meeting rooms, private offices, and open plan communal areas Cornerblock aims to promote a sense of “community and collaboration”. The building also includes secure bike storage and an onsite gym with plans to add a yoga studio to their fitness provisions.

One of the new trio of customers, Kainos’ new office is designed to support hybrid working, enabling its people to embrace the benefits of working together in person, or to work from home depending on what suits their needs at the time.

The move into Cornerblock is another step in Kainos’ growth plan within Birmingham. Having hired 200 people since their arrival in 2018, they plan to double that to 400 by the end of 2025.

Also setting up at Cornerblock is Sedgwick International, a global technology-enabled risk, benefits and integrated business solutions provider. Sedgwick was reportedly “keen to expand” its network with Bruntwood Works once again, having taken space in 2018 at The Plaza, one of the workspace and leisure provider’s buildings in the Liverpool portfolio.

Cornerblock is also welcoming data solutions business Kroll, who provide technological insights and solutions into complex demands in the risk, political, and growth sectors.

Matt Wright, head of commercial for Birmingham at Bruntwood Works, commented: “The current climate has seen a huge increase in demand for flexible and dynamic workspaces that will enhance customers’ working experience and promote balance and wellbeing.

“The moves these businesses have made are testament to the regions’ strong business pull and we are excited to have all three join the Bruntwood Works community here.”

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