John Robertson Architects (JRA) has completed the 65,000 sq ft fit-out of WeWork Spitalfields. The workspace is one of six WeWork locations in London and occupies six floors of British Land’s award-winning 199 Bishopsgate building at the northeast corner of Broadgate.
Festus Moffat, Director of John Robertson Architects, says, ‘We are delighted to have worked with WeWork to deliver their Spitalfields location at 199 Bishopsgate. WeWork is an exciting new force in the UK workspace market and we’ve had a great exchange of ideas with them on this project as they balance their offer for the UK.’
This latest addition to the WeWork global portfolio marks the brand’s success as it steadily grows with over 35,000 members in 63 locations across 18 cities. London has quickly become the company’s second most successful city after New York.
WeWork’s UK Design Project Manager, Kimberly Kolkovich, explains, ‘The struggle is how to keep the same raw design feeling while making sure that each space feels unique – and JRA have delivered just that.’
Working with teams from British Land and WeWork, JRA’s knowledge of the building and collaborative approach allowed them to quickly form an efficient delivery plan for this turnkey project. The delivery of WeWork means that 199 Bishopsgate is now fully occupied.
Bernard Heersche, Asset Manager at British Land, tells us: ‘WeWork adds to an already diverse mix of occupants at 199 Bishopsgate. This diversity reflects not just the quality of the building but also its location, close to the growing Shoreditch Market, the City and to Liverpool Street Station.
‘We expect Broadgate to benefit from the opening of Crossrail in 2018, and are investing across the campus to enhance its appeal to a broad range of sectors.’