Joint Venture for Network Rail and The Office Group
Serviced office provider The Office Group has agreed a joint venture with Network Rail to create a number of flexible workspaces at a variety of its major stations.
The ┬ú40m deal will see the first flexible office opening at Paddington station accommodate up to 250 people. The space will provide both shared and private offices, stylish meeting rooms and superfast broadband. Furthermore, reception facilities will offer mail and telephone services.
Tapping into the growing mobile workforce, the addition of another 4 London locations opening in mid-2012 are expected to take advantage of the increased commuter levels throughout the Olympic Games. Co CEO of The Office Group, Charlie Green said: ΓÇ£Every year the trend for mobile working is increasing. To meet this demand, we have teamed up with an organisation that sees a huge throughput of mobile workers across its rail terminals. With excellent transport links, the offices will also be the perfect venue for larger corporations who may be experiencing an overflow of staff and need space to accommodate key employees.
Network Rail are looking to capitalise on the potential revenue the stations offer with profits from their commercial ventures being re-invested into the railway services. David Biggs, Network RailΓÇÖs Director of Property, said ΓÇ£The network of drop-in office space created through this innovative joint venture will provide a new and convenient service at stations. Passengers are already able to eat, drink and shop at our stations, so it was only logical that we offered them the opportunity to work here, too.ΓÇ¥
Clients who sign up to use the offices within the station will also have the opportunity to take advantage of The Office GroupΓÇÖs other serviced office locations.
Last year The Office GroupΓÇÖs Lloyds Avenue centre won officebroker.comΓÇÖs prestigious 2010 Business Centre of the Year award. Managing Director at officebroker.com, Jim Venables described the centre as ΓÇ£worthy winnersΓÇ¥ saying ΓÇ£this is a really impressive and professional centre with a fantastic team that provides a superb environment for business, with an excellent support network.ΓÇ¥
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