Spaces expand Edinburgh co-working hub

Published: 04 February 2019

Amsterdam-based flexible office brand Spaces has let almost 16,000 sq ft more space at One Lochrin Square. We spoke to Richard Morris, chief executive of parent company IWG UK.

Your business in brief? 

Spaces was founded in 2008 by Martijn Roordink and Frederique Keuning. The idea was to create something that didn’t really exist yet – the need to work in a place that is stimulating, inspiring and fun.

...as one of the UK’s most vibrant and cultured cities, it has so much to offer businesses looking to make the city their base. Edinburgh is leading the way in the workplace revolution, and we want to help more people be a part of this.

Richard Morris, chief executive, IWG UK

 

Originating in Amsterdam, we’re now a team of 75, and have cultivated a community of members who are thinkers, achievers and imagineers. We’ve built an unparalleled network of workspaces to suit businesses of all sizes, from large multinational corporations to start-ups and entrepreneurs.

What makes Edinburgh an attractive market for you?

One Lochrin Square brings 64,000 sq ft of recently refurbished Grade A office space to Fountainbridge.

Edinburgh is a really attractive market for Spaces, with flexible working becoming increasingly in demand across the city. That’s why we’re really excited to announce Spaces’ latest venture in Edinburgh, expanding one of our most prominent co-working locations at One Lochrin Square, at the heart of the city centre.

Edinburgh was named the British Entrepreneurial City of the Year in 2016. And as one of the UK’s most vibrant and cultured cities, it has so much to offer businesses looking to make the city their base.

Edinburgh is leading the way in the workplace revolution, and we want to help more people be a part of this.

What presence do you already have here? Why are you taking additional office space? What's driving this? 

One Lochrin Square is our flagship centre in Edinburgh, now offering businesses a further 15,610 sq ft of office space.

Co-working is increasingly in demand in Edinburgh, with the city continuing to act as a hub for creative thinkers and do-ers. As both entrepreneurs and well-established businesses recognise the benefits of flexible workspace, from the creative stimulation to financial and strategic benefits, we want to expand our co-working solutions to more people across the city.

What's the vision for your business?

The increasing number of new flexible workspace providers is evidence of the increasing demand for flexible working.

Spaces offer dynamic working areas to help entrepreneurs and established businesses think, create and collaborate.

Projections show that 30% of corporate real estate could be flexible workspace by 2030, up from 2% today. That’s three out of every ten buildings. This growth reflects the changing wants and needs of businesses, who increasingly recognise the financial and strategic benefits of a flexible workspace strategy and co-working set-up.

At Spaces, we’re at the forefront of this revolution. And with a growing number of centres in Edinburgh and across the world, we’re looking forward to introducing more and more people to the benefits of flexible working.

 

If you would like to find out more about how we can help you and your business establish, relocate or expand within the city region, or would simply like more information about what Edinburgh has to offer, get in touch today.

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