Fast-growing UX design and software development agency Degree 53 has opened a new office in Manchester city centre.

Degree 53 has taken 6,500sq ft of two floors within the historic Steam Packet House on Cross Street.

Earlier in February, Degree 53 announced a significant recruitment initiative to support their newly formed gaming division and growing project portfolio.

During the year, the team made more than 30 new hires, focusing on recruiting skilled developers, designers and technology specialists.

This rapid expansion meant that Degree 53 needed a much larger office to fit 75-plus team members.

“It’s been an exciting year for us in terms of growth and expanding our team with talented individuals,” said managing director Andrew Daniels.

“The gaming division has been evolving rapidly and we’ve recruited more people than we’d originally planned for.

“We’ve created brand new positions to bring more structure and additional expertise to support our projects.”

Degree 53

Degree 53

Degree 53

The new offices have been refurbished to provide a collaborative, modern space for the teams, with larger breakout and kitchen areas across the two floors.

As a celebration of their core skills, the decor in meeting rooms is inspired by Las Vegas casinos.

Daniels added: “The new office in Steam Packet House is fantastic and will no doubt inspire more creativity in our team members.

“There’s enough space for additional hires, as we’re looking to fill a number of positions over the next six months.

"We work with clients and partners from all over the world and being located in the centre of Manchester will make their visits much more convenient. We look forward to welcoming them in the new office.”

In September tributes were paid to Degree 53's commercial director Rich Bannister, who died from cancer at the age of 30.