Of­fices aim to bal­ance life and work

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

NEW of­fices will open at a for­mer Cardiff snooker hall next month, as part of an in­no­va­tive new £5.5m project that will com­bine flats and workspace for en­trepreneurs.

The “W2” de­vel­op­ment, op­po­site St David’s Hospi­tal in River­side, will even see old snooker ta­bles be­ing put to use as stylish slate-topped board­room ta­bles and desks.

Lo­cated on the junc­tion of Welling­ton Street and Cow­bridge Road East, the build­ing con­sists of new retail space and of­fice units, with a two-storey ex­ten­sion on top con­tain­ing 44 apart­ments.

More than half of the build­ing’s one­and two-bed­room flats, some of which have sweep­ing views across the city, sold within a month of go­ing on sale ear­lier this year. Some 70% of them have now been snapped up al­to­gether.

Some of them have been sold to en­trepreneurs who will use the build­ing’s 24/7 of­fice space – which has led to it be­ing dubbed a “live/work hub” by devel­op­ers Loftco.

Forty of­fice units will be avail­able to rent, ben­e­fit­ing from high speed wifi ac­cess, smart TVs and mod­ern “break out” spa­ces.

As well as the re­claimed snooker ta­ble desks – a nod to the build­ing’s past as the long-stand­ing home of Welling­ton’s Snooker Club – the of­fices will also con­tain street art and con­crete floors.

En­trepreneurs can rent the of­fice space for as lit­tle as £35 a day, and space will also be avail­able to rent by the hour.

Mark An­drews, di­rec­tor of Loftco, said: “W2 typ­i­fies our on­go­ing mis­sion to find and de­velop in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions that de­liver de­sir­able live/work spa­ces within sough af­ter ur­ban locations.

“We feel there is a real gap in the mar­ket for con­tem­po­rary and stylish of­fice units that are de­signed with mod­ern-day work re­quire­ments in mind. We hope that W2 will pro­vide a so­lu­tion to this need, of­fer­ing flex­i­ble and af­ford­able rental terms for busi­nesses of all shapes and sizes.”

Gary Carver, di­rec­tor of busi­ness space at the Cardiff of­fice of Sav­ills, which is as­sist­ing Loftco with the mar­ket­ing of W2, said: “There are cur­rently good lev­els of de­mand for smaller flex­i­ble of­fices at present, par­tic­u­larly from com­pa­nies in the cre­ative and TMT sec­tors.”

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