An office with an EC1 or EC2 address does, of course, come with a commensurate price tag, but entrepreneurial providers of co-working space are now taking the concept to adjoining neighbourhoods to provide a cost-effective but equally exciting alternative.
Kreativ House is one such provider and has recently opened up right in the middle of Hackney E8 at 280 Mare Street, directly facing Town Hall Square. It’s a wonderful Grade II Listed Edwardian building that dates back to 1910 when the Mayor of Hackney laid the first stone at what was to become the Women’s Social Work HQ for the Salvation Army.
Today, Kreativ House has created a fantastic and beautifully designed environment with workspaces that cater from a single person right up to teams of 40 people, while the ground floor is packed with communal facilities including members café and bar, multiple meeting rooms, showers, a fully equipped photography studio and an art gallery and event space with rotating exhibitions. There’s even a health and wellbeing program including yoga, meditation, talks and workshops.
Hackney is a great option for a cost-conscious alternative to Shoreditch, with no less thriving a scene but with considerably lower outgoings – approximately 25% lower rents for equivalent space.
Kreativ House has various options available, from single person pods at £550 +VAT pcm right up to a self-contained floor of 1,500ft2 at £19,000 +VAT pcm. Included within the rent are furniture, utility bills and all the initial set-up and ongoing day-to-day management of premises.
Venues like Hackney Picturehouse, Hackney Empire and Oslo ensure plenty of options for a cultural fix after work from the worlds of film, theatre, comedy and music while Hackney’s collection of places to eat and runs from some of the best old-school Turkish cafes to contemporary restaurants, and from craft beer pubs to cocktail bars.
Hackney is also well connected by Overground at Hackney Central and National Rail at London Fields, with Kreativ House less than 20 minutes from Liverpool Street and under half an hour from Oxford Circus.
If you’d like to find out more about Kreativ House, please contact the Colliers Flexible Workspace Advisory Team.