Aareon Opens New Office Suite In Southampton Science Park

Aareon UK ( has opened a new office suite, in Southampton Science Park. The new location, 5 Benham Campus in Chilworth, is now one of three Aareon UK offices. The move cements Aareon UK’s operational merger with Science Park success story 1st Touch, the established leader in the supply of mobile and digital workforce software for the UK’s social housing, property services and local government sectors.

Peter Birkett, CEO of The University of Southampton Science Park said: “1st Touch originally came to the Innovation Centre at the Science Park in 2008. Since then it has been extremely pleasing to witness the company’s significant growth through to the recent merger with Aareon UK. This move to significantly larger offices both reflects the company’s success to date and investment in the future. We are delighted to be able to support the company’s ongoing development through the provision of high quality accommodation here in Hampshire.”

Aareon's New Office

5 Benham Campus, which was opened by the Rt. Hon. Sir Vince Cable MP, is the latest addition to the Science Park’s successful portfolio of high-quality accommodation for science and technology businesses. With 20,000 square feet of flexible office space, leading technologies, secure round-the-clock access, coffee shop, rooftop terrace and breakout areas, the building is also home to Grant Thornton and the Tekever Group.

Commenting on the new office suite Nigel Rees, Managing Director of Aareon UK said: “This move is a significant milestone in our company’s ongoing development. We have had a partnership with Southampton Science Park since 2008 during which time we have grown as an organisation.

“Over this period, mobile and digital workforce solutions have become an integral part of a social housing provider’s requirements. Aareon has recognised these needs and delivered market leading enterprise–wide solutions to meet them. The recent operational merger with 1st Touch has enabled us to build on this, with solutions ranging from core mobile technology, customer self-service apps and portals through to full digitalisation. As a result, we see this important move as a significant investment in taking our business to the next level; both by creating a great staff environment and also giving us extra, more agile space in which to welcome customers and business partners.”

1st Touch helped us to design and build a first rate system that will  not only transform what we do but add a whole new positive dimension to the customer experience we deliver.

Carole Galsworthy
Director of ICT

The 1st Touch solution ticked all the boxes in respect of our pre-defined criteria. In particular, we liked their approach to implementation and flexibility in delivering 
the solution

Claire Sockett
Systems Development Manager

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