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New London Workspaces Open in Midtown & Spitalfields

19 May 2021
 

Flexible workspace provider x+why has announced the launch of two new London workspaces: The Fulwood in Midtown and Huguenot Place in Spitalfields.

The landlord for both buildings is The Courtenay Group, and the interior department of architecture practice Squire & Partners were used on both sites.

Since opening during the pandemic, Huguenot Place has secured tenants such as prop-tech giant Goodlord and insure-tech company FloodFlash. At The Fulwood, x+why have already signed 55 per cent of the building, including the B Corp certified Toast Ale and digital marketing agency Catalysis.

 

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Huguenot Place

 

Huguenot Place is strategically located near the City, the space has been designed to reflect and celebrate the historic association of the site with the silk industry, which was one of London's largest industries and dominated Spitalfields and Brick Lane throughout the eighteenth century. The space provides mainly managed workspaces as well as a shared club space for co-working and larger meetings.

Maria Cheung, Director of Interior Design at Squire & Partner commented: “Huguenot Place is a site steeped in rich history, and we relished the story that came with its name and the building. It provided the perfect platform to create an interiors concept that nodded to the silk trade and the Huguenot silk weavers.

We achieved this through using rich, deep colours on the walls, intricate patterns on rugs and adapted spools into light fittings. In the club space, a bespoke silk wall hanging made by French artist Noémie Lacroix using historical techniques has a contemporary design and brings a sense of movement to the space.

“The courtyard at Huguenot Place is a delightful and unexpected space to be tucked away off Brick Lane. Extravagant planting on the walls and hanging from the walkways was chosen to enhance this, creating a little oasis within the city.”

Tom Mundy, CEO of Goodlord, one of the building's tenants, added: "We love our space at Huguenot Place, predominantly because we were able to design it to suit our needs and will continue to do so as we flex and grow. The team have been first-rate and a pleasure to work with."

 

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Picture: a photograph of the exterior of Huguenot Place

 

The Fulwood

 

In the heart of midtown, The Fulwood is situated y in a private mews next to the Gray’s Inn Gardens. The Fulwood is a Grade A,14,000 sq ft office space with new airconditioned offices, low energy LED feature lighting, superfast WiFi, conferencing facilities and 24/7 access.

Designed post-pandemic work practices in mind, zoom booths have been dotted around the building ready to provide perfect lighting and acoustics to those increasingly regular video calls as well as a range of tech-enabled flexible meeting rooms and a larger convening space.

Maria Cheung, from Squire & Partners explained: “The Fulwood is a really exciting project for us, as the third x+why that Squire & Partners have worked on and the first sited away from East London. We wanted to acknowledge that we were designing for ‘uptown’ and potentially more varied end-users, whilst ensuring that we retained the aesthetic that lies at the heart of x+why spaces.

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Picture: a photograph of individual working pods 

 

“With ways of working shifting, considerations of life in the office post-pandemic were incorporated into the design. Tenants have a variety of working environments to suit them, including banquette seating with timber dividers that demarcate individual working areas, and larger tables that offer group touch-down working. A range of different meeting room styles accommodate a variety of modes of meeting and collaborating. From relaxed seating around video conferencing to flexible space that caters for ad-hoc meetings and groups small or large, the spaces veer away from the classic conference room to create an informal lounge environment.”

Rupert Dean, co-founder of x+why comments: “This space expands the geography and size of our London offerings and helps place us among the fastest growing flexible-work space specialist in the UK – a feat we are particularly proud to have achieved during a global pandemic and proving market confidence in our forward-thinking model.”

Picture: a photograph of the exterior of the Fulwood site

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 19 May 2021

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