There are thousands of serviced office locations to choose from around the UK but what sets them apart is great service and great facilities. However, there are some that are a little more unusual than most, covering everything from up-cycled shipping containers, Lewis Carroll’s most famous piece of fiction and iconic landmarks you might walk past everyday and never know there was office space inside.
We set about looking at our extensive portfolio of office locations and came up with five really outstanding and unusual serviced office locations. Each one has many unique features that set them apart to make them a very unusual home from your business. They will certainly strike up an interesting conversation with your clients.
Alice through the Ceiling
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a meeting surrounded by the Mad Hatters Tea Party? No? Well I bet we’ve made you start thinking.
Tucked away in Waterloo, a busy and popular business district on the south side of the Thames is this business centre on Boundary Way, SE1. From the outside you would be forgiven for thinking it looked like many smart and professional office buildings. But wait until you go in the front door. Just like Alice, you will be transported to a wonderland that’s a world away from the usual office space you may have expected. And just like Alice in Wonderland, this serviced office centre has a new surprise around every corner. From the smart white corridors to the Alice themed meeting rooms and break out spaces, there is never a dull moment here.
Take a peak in to Alices world HERE
Upcycled Shipping Containers
There has been a huge surge in the use of unusual materials in the construction of offices in recent years. With everything from living garden walls in South London and huge screens showing waterfalls in the Salesforce Tower, it’s no wonder that something as unusual as old shipping containers should find a second use as the inspirational home to new businesses.
After the success of the Container City development in London’s Docklands in 2005, there is a new and exciting location using shipping containers, opening in 2016 in Loughton, Essex. Cr@te has developed an idea to create an environment to inspire entrepreneurs out of their home office and in to a small business community. It’s a bold plan that will see 36 former shipping containers transformed with full height doors and windows and dynamic interiors.
Get a taste of the future HERE
A Victorian Gem
When a building can successfully combine its historical heritage with the requirements of modern living you get to enjoy the many benefits of looking at great design and craftsmanship every day. In 1871 this building opened in Deansgate in central Manchester and featured a wealth of outstanding wrought iron work that was integral to many great Victorian buildings of the time, like the cathedralesque train stations at Paddington and Liverpool Street, for example.
The Deansgate building is an inspiring space, restored in the 1980’s and retaining all of its Victorian splendour coupled with modern office space and all the usual things you would expect like good Wi-Fi.
Take a step back in to Victorian splendour HERE
Impressive Palladian Columns
Grade one listed buildings don’t come more impressive than the Royal Exchange, opposite The Bank of England in the City of London. This outstanding building not only occupies a prestigious location it also has great transport links across London and Canary Wharf.
Home to a wide choice of designer stores including Hermes and Mont Blanc, this building dates back to the 16th century when it was designed by Thomas Gresham as a centre for commerce in London.
So this serviced office business centre offers both private offices and Co-working space and is popular with start-up’s and entrepreneurs looking for a great location for their businesses.
Find out about The Royal Exchange HERE
It’s all in the detail in Farringdon
We’ve been impressed over the years by many buildings we have featured here at Loc8, but only a few really capture the spirit and feel of a period building like 24 Greville Street near Farringdon. This impressive Victorian building has been meticulously restored to make a feature of the grand high ceilings and the original wooden floors. It’s like walking back in time but the give-away is the stunning interior design. This is not a stuffy Victorian interior! It’s bright and airy and the whole feel of the place has created a very exciting workspace.
So it fits well in to the area too. Just a stone’s throw from Farringdon station, this location has a real buzz about it and has attracted businesses in the creative sectors as well as start-up’s and growing small and medium sized businesses looking for a little inspiration.
Check out an eye for the real detail HERE
As part of our series of features on stand out office space we will be looking at waterfront properties next. You can catch up on our previous articles that have covered everything from interiors to the debate over period or glass buildings, as well as the rise of Co-working spaces. Click the links below: