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Christie Proton Beam Therapy by HKS Architects

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The Biophilic Office Project

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Historic manchester building set for 1920s transformation by Bruntwood Works

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DESSO Orchard Collection by Tarkett

DESSO Orchard Collection by Tarkett

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Coworking Spotlight – Workspace

It is all too easy to get carried away with the juggernaut that is coworking. Although coworking will continue to grab a lot of the headlines, we should forget these alt-multi-occupancy office providers at our peril. We’ve talked to Lisa Carroll, Head of Club Workspace of Workspace, a leading ‘MOOP’, about their flex offering.

18/10/2019 3 min read

We understand that, by extending these facilities to the freelance community and businesses in their early phases, we are supporting an important sector of the market by offering business services in a trusted and professional environment, which will allow them to grow over time

What does coworking mean to you?
At Workspace, we define our dedicated shared work environment as coworking. The customers that utilise this space pay a monthly membership fee and have access to a ‘Club’, which is specifically set up and designed to meet the needs of smaller groups of business users – from freelancers and entrepreneurs to project groups from large corporate environments. This differs from our core flexible office offer, where our customers take a two-year lease on a suite or unit that they can customise to reflect their brand.
 

From when you started, has your client profile changed?
We were one of the first to launch a coworking offer in the London market, branded as Club Workspace, just after the financial crisis and in response to increasing demand in the marketplace for one- to four-person office spaces from corporate occupiers as they downsized – it was an important strategic growth area even then. We do still see this type of demand, but we are now attracting more established freelancers and smaller lean start-up teams that would never be in the market for a traditional office space. More recently, there has been an up-tick in requirements for larger corporates looking for short-term overflow and project space.
 

Which trends influenced the design of your space?
We have a standard specification for fixtures, fittings and layouts within our coworking spaces that have been developed over a number of years in the marketplace, and service all of the day-to-day requirements for business use regardless of the company size. We then overlay a feel or theme associated with the geographic location and history of the centre itself.  

Unlike a traditionally procured work environment coworking environments are created to generate revenue and as a result density is key. What density (square foot per member) do you achieve?
Coworking forms part of our overall offer but flexible office space is our core service, so we don’t tend to focus on the square foot per member statistic. Our coworking product enables us to extend a professional working environment to those just starting out or those not yet in need of a flexible lease on an office. We understand that, by extending these
facilities to the freelance community and businesses in their early phases, we are supporting an important sector of the market by offering business services in a trusted and professional environment, which will allow them to grow over time. 

We understand that, by extending these facilities to the freelance community and businesses in their early phases, we are supporting an important sector of the market by offering business services in a trusted and professional environment, which will allow them to grow over time

How has coworking’s shift from incubated work environments for start-ups to flex space for established companies influenced your offering?
Agile working is only possible because of technology. Regardless of who occupies a desk, they depend on connectivity to do their work. It is one of the most important investments we make in our assets and, to further reassure our customers, we have committed to ensuring our buildings are independently verified by
WiredScore as gold or platinum – so we know our connectivity is second to none. 

Currently, how many locations do you operate in?
Club Workspace is in 20 of our 62 business centres across London – from Chiswick to Bethnal Green and from Kennington to Islington, and everywhere in between!
 

Would it be extreme to say that office spaces will soon become completely redundant? 
There will always be a requirement for flexible office and coworking or shared space, as businesses and those running or working within them will always want to meet, collaborate and, ultimately, do business with others and grow their professional network. Whilst working from home might be convenient or easy from time to time, it will never become a substitute for working with other like-minded individuals. 

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