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How flexible workspaces can help support London’s growth

The capital’s economic future will increasingly depend on innovative start-ups – small companies that need flexible office spaces that can support them as they grow

London is an established centre for entrepreneurialism and creativity, but there is a real lack of affordable workspace across the capital.

British Land’s Head of Sustainable Places, Sarah Cary, recently joined a panel at New London Architecture’s ‘The Big Debate’ that considered how developers can provide the right spaces to enhance London’s economic activity and address rapidly changing workspace requirements across the capital.

The general consensus in the debate is that London’s future is as a global innovation hub – and innovation is required to deliver the space that can support the next generation of creative and tech businesses. These small companies are increasingly seeking diverse, mixed-use campuses that deliver the supporting amenities that they may not otherwise be able to afford.

“The delivery of affordable workspace will be crucial to ensure that London remains at the forefront of the tech and creative industries”

“At British Land,” says Cary, “our campus developments are aligned to modern lifestyles and place a high importance on wellbeing, with enlivened public realm, a mix of shops, bars and restaurants for social meetings and informal working, and the added services and facilities that our customers have come to expect.” She adds that British Land aims to give agile companies flexibility – in terms of both physical space and lease terms. “This helps to support SMEs across London, and is proving a strong draw for tech and creative companies,” she says.

A good example is Central Working (pictured above), which moved into British Land’s Paddington Central campus in 2016. The co-working pioneer now occupies the ground floor of 2 Kingdom Street and operates a vibrant and collaborative environment for SMEs, with all the benefits of a wider campus designed to enhance the wellbeing of its customers.

Cary concludes: “The delivery of affordable workspace with supporting amenities and public realm, alongside high-quality housing, will be crucial to ensure that London remains at the forefront of the tech and creative industries, and a draw for international talent.”

Tagged in: COWORKING, FLEXIBLE WORKING, INNOVATION, PADDINGTON CENTRAL, TECHNOLOGY

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