To­day’s ameni­ties mean busi­ness

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they would forgo to re­duce ser­vice charges. The least de­sired were wine cel­lars (84 per cent), a li­brary (82 per cent) and a spa (80 per cent).

Much more pop­u­lar were res­i­dent lounges and busi­ness suites. At the same time, the de­vel­oper Berke­ley Group re­ports that the most used fa­cil­i­ties in their lat­est schemes – which in­clude White City Liv­ing in west Lon­don and Good­man’s Fields in Aldgate – are the pri­vate cin­e­mas and busi­ness lounges.

The rise of the busi­ness lounge in new de­vel­op­ments co­in­cides with ad­vances in dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy and the in­creas­ing num­ber of re­mote work­ers in Lon­don. One in seven peo­ple now work from home, ac­cord­ing to the Of­fice for Na­tional Statis­tics, with Lon­don show­ing the great­est growth be­tween 2005 and 2015, when the pro­por­tion rose from 12.2 per cent to 14.6 per cent.

When faced with the stress (and cost) of bat­tling to get on a North­ern Line train to the of­fice ev­ery day, it is hardly sur­pris­ing that the op­tion of wan­der­ing down­stairs to a cosy lounge is an at­trac­tive al­ter­na­tive. All are Wi-Fi en­abled, and many of them have cof­fee on tap plus news­pa­pers and great views.

“With many peo­ple now ‘flexi-work­ing’ from home two or three days a week – and also many ex­pected to work beyond the tra­di­tional nine-to-five day – busi­ness suites of­fer a pro­fes­sional en­vi­ron­ment to es­cape to,” says Tim Macpher­son of agent Carter Jonas. “It’s a way of work­ing from home, but not in your py­ja­mas.”

So, what else do these on-site busi­ness suites of­fer? With so­fas, desks, screens, au­dio vis­ual and tele­con­fer­enc­ing fa­cil­i­ties, they of­ten in­clude space to hire for de­liv­er­ing pre­senta- tions or af­ter-work networking. Some have City board­room-style meet­ing/ din­ing rooms, such as that at Bar­ratt’s Nine Elms Point in south Lon­don (prices from £635,000). Other busi­ness suites, such as that at Land­mark Place near Tower Bridge, also by Bar­ratt, in­clude cater­ing fa­cil­i­ties so you can or­gan­ise drinks re­cep­tions for clients. Prices start from £860,000 for a onebed­room apart­ment.

De­pend­ing on the buyer de­mo­graphic, busi­ness lounges might be de­signed to em­u­late a re­laxed co-work­ing cul­ture that fa­cil­i­tates a cross-pol­li­na­tion of ideas, says Alex Greaves of

Mike and Sian Mel­lor, main, who have a flat in Mount Anvil’s Key­bridge in Vaux­hall; the lounge at the South Bank Tower, be­low and be­low right

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