Critical Software Expands UK Office
Critical Software’s Southampton office has grown in light of the continued success of its UK operations.
Critical Software has expanded its Southampton office by adding an additional floor to its current space at Southampton Science Park. With almost fifteen years having passed since the company established itself in the UK, the office extension marks Critical’s continued growth and strategic presence in the country.
The new office increases capacity from 40 to 60 desks, as well as incorporating larger social and leisure spaces, a new kitchen area, and a patio where staff can enjoy the lush landscapes of the Science Park and its surrounding woodland. The office takes on a space theme, alluding to the company’s long history in the industry and the fact that NASA was its first ever client when Critical launched in Portugal back in 1998.
A significant factor in Critical’s growth in the UK has been its award-winning work for the energy and utilities industry. As part of this, Critical has worked on developing and testing software as part of the UK’s smart meter implementation programme, a huge national infrastructure project that will see 53 million meters rolled out across the country. Projects in transport, defence and aerospace have continued to drive growth too, resulting in the need to expand.
Neil Aries, People Director, commented: “This extension of our office in Southampton comes off the back of considerable growth in recent years. Southampton Science Park has been our home in the UK since 2006 and we’re delighted to continue our journey here. Despite the challenges the coronavirus crisis has posed for businesses across the world this year, our commitment to our customers has remained as resolute as ever and we have delivered on our plans to expand in the UK. We now look forward to many more years of success.”