Concept Building Services Ltd have been appointed as the fit-out contractors for Network, Southampton City Council’s innovative new co-working space located on the second floor of the Marlands Shopping Centre.
The collaborative working space for digital and knowledge-based businesses will offer occupiers a fit for purpose venue, with open plan areas, meeting rooms, maker space and photographic studio. With over ten years of experience working with various sectors, Concept have a proven track record of delivering high end projects, including interior refurbishments.
The fit-out will cost over £1m and is due for completion by the end of the year, with lift access being provided to the second floor site and new windows already fitted. Potential occupiers have already expressed interest in the co-working space, which aims to keep Southampton ahead of the curve in the technology and digital based business sector.
Studies by think-tank organisations such as Centre for Cities highlight an over dependence on retail in many cities in England and Wales and the need to bolster local economies through diversification. Situating Network in the city centre is an example of the type of initiative that can contribute to the re-purposing of city centre retail space for office, residential and other uses.
Leader of Southampton City Council, Councillor Christopher Hammond said; “Network will help us to unlock the entrepreneurial talent of residents by providing a cutting edge environment for graduates, start-up businesses and existing organisations that are looking to scale-up.
“It will offer an innovative solution to nurturing growth businesses and providing an attractive and stimulating workspace for Southampton’s enterprise community”
Simon Lee, Project Manager at Concept Building Services (Southern) Ltd, said: “‘Concept Building Services are delighted to have been selected as the main Contractor for the delivery of this high profile scheme, which we have no doubt will set the standard for others to follow in the future. It's great to be working with a forward thinking local authority and a creative design team, with each party contributing to an overall collaborative approach’.”
Read more about new co-working space Network on the development page.