Future Flexing: 7 London Offices Spearheading Tomorrow’s Flexible Workspaces

By Mia Brown
News • Thoughts
28th February 24

London continues to be at the helm of innovation and flexible workspace design. From retrofitted buildings to experimental, amenity-rich havens, these seven workplaces not only cater to the current needs of diverse occupants – but also set the stage for the future of work.

1. 45 Whitfield Street

FITZROVIA, W1 • 10,600 SQ FT

Over the past 50 years, 45 Whitfield Street has undergone a series of disjointed and unsympathetic fit-outs – rendering it incompatible with the needs of today’s workers. Completed in 2022, the retrofit of this 1970s building has brought it back to life: finding joy in its dormant, modernist qualities.

The intelligent design allows for maximum future flexibility, with drop-down services enabling room configurations to be adjusted as needed by tenants in the years to come.

Occupiers of Derwent London buildings automatically enjoy complimentary DL/Membership status; an ever-growing package of benefits including access to exclusive partner lounges across London and curated experience-led events.

2. The Green House

BETHNAL GREEN, E2 • 75,800 SQ FT

Owned and managed by The Ethical Property Company – UK leader in providing affordable workspace to charities and community organisations – The Green House provides modern, flexible workspace for 25 charities to work under the same roof.

Featuring stripped-back wooden interiors, the space includes open-plan tea points and comfortable breakout areas, creating informal hubs on each floor. And to top it off, a communal roof terrace featuring a wild flower meadow.

It also boasts exceptional sustainability standards achieving EPC A rating and BREEAM Excellent.

3. 210 Euston Road

EUSTON, NW1 • 69,000 SQ FT

The Office Group’s 40th landmark location at 210 Euston Road seamlessly blends style, functionality, and craft.

A retrofit transformed the underutilised 1980s block into a contemporary, flexible workspace, addressing the challenge of reconciling building depth with the need for natural light. Instead of corridors, colonnades and arcades cleverly dissect the space, providing offices with ample light while maintaining outdoor vistas.

The building features an array of social spaces for community and connectivity, as well as 16 accessible outdoor terraces offering panoramic views. All occupants have access to the front half of the building, decked out with a café, welcoming reception, and residency space.

4. 79 Clerkenwell

CLERKENWELL, EC1 • 10,000 SQ FT

Formerly owned by Lord Sugar, 79 Clerkenwell operates like a clubhouse with a House Manager and incredible common amenities, including wellness room and podcasting studio.

The workspace has been meticulously designed for SMEs who are ready to grow and looking to transition from a serviced office – while still benefitting from added amenity and flexibility. Each fully furnished and digitally enabled floor is ready-to-go with zero downtime.

TSP’s ‘Core to Floor’ leasing approach offers greater optionality to tenants at competitive prices. Our Flex platform enables the seamless integration of flex and managed spaces alongside traditional leasing, without creating a complex and layered service approach.

5. Containerville

CAMBRIDGE HEATH, E2 • COMMUNITY FOR 200 SMALL BUSINESSES

The concept for Containerville was born out of the desire to make a collective workspace in a former Victorian Era corner of East London. It was an experiment – that has paid dividends. The brief: provide affordable, flexible, easy-to-move-into workspaces. The solution: pre-loved shipping containers.

The affordable workspaces are 37% cheaper that Stratford (the cheapest zone in inner London). Each 285 sq ft container, fully equipped with high speed WiFi, double glazing, heating, electricity, and kitchen unit, serves as a blank canvas for companies to reflect their unique culture and business needs.

6. 215 Mare Street

HACKNEY, E8 • 9,600 SQ FT

215 Mare Street is an exploration of the future workplace – “It is a home of ideas, bringing the art of architecture to the high street,” told Morris+Company, the architect behind this new self-designed and self-funded studio.

The retrofit of this former Victorian warehouse combines workspace, events space, as well as the hyper-seasonal plant-based restaurant EDIT.

The architects salvaged existing partitions and reincorporated them into a demountable timber storage structure. Meanwhile, the main connecting staircase is designed for disassembly using pre-fabricated components bolt-fixed together –  promoting longevity and future adaptability.

The ground-level exhibition space has a strong community interaction element, hosting events such as screenings from young start-up entrepreneurs in the creative sector.

7. Bradbury Works

DALSTON, N16 • 17,000 SQ FT

Over the past 20 years, this former carpark has been gradually transformed into a lively community hub. Bradbury Works is operated by not-for profit community interest company Hackney Co-operative Developments.

The refurbishment includes existing workspace, new retail units, plus additional flexible workspace in a 2-storey extension.

A statement prefabricated steel frame and absence of internal load-bearing partitions ensure easy future modifications. The minimalist interiors with a palette of grey and white provide a blank canvas for tenant customisation. Additionally, the large flexible meeting and event space is available not only to tenants but also for the wider community to hire.

 

 

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