Southampton: Expanding Critical Software takes on more space

Critical Software has expanded its main UK office at Southampton Science Park in a move which reflects the company’s continued growth and strategic presence in Britain.

The new office sees Critical adding another floor to its previous space in Benham Road. This has increased capacity from 40 to 60 desks and has facilitated the incorporation of 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 in 1998.

The company established a base in the UK 15 years ago. A significant factor in Critical’s growth 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 also continued to drive growth, resulting in the need to expand.

Neil Aries, Critical’s 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.”

Jane Holt, business development director at Southampton Science Park, added: “Critical’s growth over the 14 years that it has been based here at Southampton Science Park has been impressive. We are delighted to continue to support the next stage of Critical’s journey through the provision of further premium quality space here. We can’t wait to see what the team here will achieve next.”