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  2. Ideas factory: creative workspaces in a former printworks on Wenlock Basin

    12 March 2020
    When it comes to getting the creative juices flowing, there’s little to beat sitting by a canal in with a coffee from the cafe in the cobbled courtyard of a former Victorian printing works, now home to a series of contemporary workspaces and alive with the positive energy of creative firms.
    Waterside, on Wharf Road in N1, sits on Wenlock Basin between The Regent’s Canal City Road and is part of the corridor that links Old Street roundabout to Islington. It’s a strip of the City Fringe that’s become a string of eye-catching architecture with residential and commercial developments along with numerous art galleries.

    The Waterside building is a former Victorian printing factory and we currently have three units available and another three coming up soon, making an excellent solution for businesses seeking the flexibility for future expansion without having to relocate. 

    Currently on offer are: a ground and lower ground floor unit of 3,764 ft²; a second and mezzanine floor unit of 1,840 ft²; and a lower ground floor unit of 507 ft². Coming soon are: a lower ground floor duplex of 1,900 ft²; and a first floor unit of 1,596 ft². Each workspace is available either fully fitted as a plug and play unit, or with a Cat A fit-out for you to create exactly the kind of environment you want for your company. 

    Much of the building’s industrial heritage has been retained including sandy coloured brickwork and stone reliefs, large factory windows, and plenty of exposed features along with galvanised conduit running overhead for wiring and services. The plug-and-play specification includes engineered oak wood flooring, contemporary lighting, meeting rooms, breakout areas, kitchenettes, desks and chairs.

    The one of the most noticeable things about Waterside is the thriving community atmosphere that permeates the entire development. It feels like there's always somebody somewhere to bump into, collaborate with or simply say hello, and there's a general sense of immense creativity at work along with a delight to be working in such a place. 

    More than a picturesque urban setting, the location is ideal for attracting the very best talent your business with Old Street and Angel stations nearby and a simple walk along the canal taking you into Shoreditch or Islington for some of the best and eating, drinking and fun in London.
    Waterside also has a full-time on-site commissionaire, loading access and cycle storage. Lease terms are flexible and available from terms of 12 months upwards. If you like to discover if you'd like to find out whether waterside is suitable for your business please give the city fringe team a call.
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