Tower Hamlets Business Centre: Thinking Inside the Box
A business centre in East London that has recently been listed on the officebroker.com website is a shining example of the flexibility of serviced office space.
Demonstrating that serviced offices come in all shapes and sizes, one of the newest additions to the officebroker.com website is a collection of buildings that all share the same address in Tower Hamlets, East London.
But that’s where their similarities end.
The business centre is made up of three very different properties, which have each been carefully redeveloped to provide contemporary office space and modern business facilities to SMEs in the area.
The centre is fronted by two historic buildings – the first of which is Bromley Hall, a 15th century former residence linked with King Henry VIII that is one of the capital’s oldest surviving brick-built houses. Over the years the property had many different uses, from private residence and printing works, to gunpowder factory and maternity hospital.
In 1991 it was placed on English Heritage’s ‘Buildings at Risk Register’, before it was completely restored and its original features carefully preserved. Among the period features that remain are an original carved doorframe, 16th century wall paintings, octagonal turrets and even the foundations of a medieval building.
Situated alongside is another historic building, a former library (pictured left), which was built in 1904 and was in use for decades before it closed and fell into disrepair during the 1990s, becoming another casualty of the ‘Buildings at Risk Register’.
The Grade II listed building then underwent a renovation programme to bring it back to its former glory, preserving its historic features and introducing a modern touch to create a contemporary working environment.
The final piece of the three-part business centre is the most unique.
Standing a little way back from the road behind the two historic buildings is a collection of recycled and fully refurbished former shipping containers. Painted bright red with large portholes, each with its own balcony, the containers have been converted into contemporary office space that complements their quirky environment.
A total of 21 containers have been recycled and now form part of the business centre, providing innovative office and meeting space targeted towards small businesses that like something a little bit different in their work environment.
From heritage and rich history to quirky sustainable conversions, the three-part business centre has much to offer the SME sector and is an innovative example of the flexibility of the serviced office industry.
Find out more about this Tower Hamlets business centre online at officebroker.com.