Belfast's new flexible workspace now open to view

  • Photo: Urban HQ's Donna Daniels, Operations Director and Jamie McCoubrey, Managing Director

    Urban HQ, the new flexible workspace in Belfast, has announced its show office is open with distanced and digital viewings now available.

    Based in the city’s Eagle Star House, Urban HQ will accommodate more than 500 desks over eight floors when it opens in September.

    It will also be the first and only flexible workspace in Northern Ireland to achieve Platinum Wired Certification from WiredScore.

    The organisation is currently offering no deposits and up to three months’ rent free for all new deals agreed prior to opening.

    Managing director Jamie McCoubrey said: “The offering at Urban HQ is best in class and will elevate Belfast’s flexible workspace offering to that found in New York or London.

    “We spent a lot of time on the opulent design of Urban HQ in partnership with the award-winning KLD Design and the result is a space more similar to a boutique hotel than an office building.

    “Whilst our opening date has been pushed back in light of the Covid-19 outbreak, this has allowed us to adapt our offering to cater to the current guidance allowing employers to protect their people and enable the appropriate distancing.

    “Having invested heavily in technology such as advanced thermal cameras installed at the entrance and air handling units that ensure 100% filtered fresh air to every office we are confident Urban HQ will be one of the safest workspaces in Belfast.”

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    The 32,000 sq. ft. building comprises eight separate kitchens, and 35 self-contained washroom facilities.

    Jamie continued: “The health and safety of all our members remains our top priority and we have reconfigured the lounge, communal areas and meeting rooms to allow for safe capacity levels and social distancing protocols. Clear signage, floor markings and one-way systems will also be in place to ensure social distancing.

    “Flexible workspace has been a hot topic in the commercial property world, but it has now been made all the more relevant. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic will be a catalyst for many businesses to make fundamental changes to how they operate, and we expect this to signal further demand for such space.

    “We know how important getting the right workspace is for employers and our Show Office is now open for potential members to view. This can be a physical but distanced meeting onsite or a digital viewing can be arranged.”

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    Urban HQ also announced the appointment of Donna Daniels as operations director, who will work alongside Jamie managing the building and providing support to members.

    Donna said: “As we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic, it is evident that the real estate requirements of many businesses will have changed forever. Organisations whose workforces have adapted well to homeworking throughout lockdown may now be seeking more flexible, cost effective solutions, such as that offered by Urban HQ.

    “The scale of Eagle Star House has allowed Urban HQ to really be truly flexible in its offering to members with a variety of spaces from light-filled meeting rooms, to focus rooms, phone booths, sofas, and the rooftop terrace which promises spectacular views of the city.

    “Having worked within the flexible workspace sector for many years, I know what an exciting opportunity Urban HQ presents for Belfast and I look forward to introducing people to our space.”

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    To arrange a viewing of the show office or for further information, please visit www.urban-hq.co.uk

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