Brighton Workspace Tour

The Flexible Space Association yesterday headed to the coast, bringing the flex community in Brighton together for a Workspace Tour.

The tour, which was the first FlexSA event in the area took in five sites across the city, each with a very district offering, style and atmosphere.

We started in the vibrant community driven hub of FlexSA member Runway East,  on New England Street. With a year under it’s belt since opening, the space offered an impressive 17 meeting rooms, no less than three kitchens and a plethora of co-working space for members to enjoy. With some meeting rooms named after local boutique shops and decorated with some of their iconic pieces, there was a real sense of locality and connection with community.

When arriving at the second location of member location Citibase Brighton, first impressions of the building were striking. The gothic-style Grade 2 listed site (which we are told is a former convent) was steeped in history and the décor throughout echoed, with chunky wooden doors, incredible high ceilings and traditional gothic style windows. Impressive here to see how the modern demands of today’s clients for  smaller office spaces had been built into the space whilst respecting the protected requirements of the building itself.

A short walk down Grand Parade led us to long-standing FlexSA member JetSpace, a boutique serviced office with just seven office units. The Grade 2 listed Georgian Townhouse offered modern facilities with a stunning flint-walled patio garden, the perfect sun trap for enjoying the favourable weather.


Our descent to the coast led us next to Tower Point, one of two locations in Brighton and Hove for Platf9rm. Offering a substantial offering for co-working and private office space in just over two floors of this high rise building, the clever manipulation of space, bright colours and quirky touches really brought together the community feel here, further endorsed by a busy calendar of events for members.

The final stop of the day was The Werks Group, at one of 9 sites they hold across Brighton, Hove and Lewes. Their Middle Street location has a focused offering for the music community, with a downstairs filled with music studios and sound equipment to support professional production on site. This site in the portfolio really knows and understand the local market and the music community’s needs, with a ground floor café that is also open to anyone passing by.

Reflecting on our first time hosting an event in Brighton, what was apparent was the striking difference between the locations we visited, all offering something completely different to their clients within a relatively short distance from one another. What threaded through all was a real sense of a connection to the local community, understanding their needs in terms of facilities and working styles. As with all our Workspace Tours, the opportunity to visit a string of locations as a group was welcomed in understanding the local flex market.

21 June 2024

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