BE.Spoke opens landmark corporate managed workspace in Belfast

BE.Spoke, BE Offices’ managed workspace division, has this week opened the doors to clients at Adelaide Exchange in Belfast City Centre.

BE.Spoke acquired 20,000 sq ft, on a 10-year lease, in November 2018, on behalf of one of the big four international professional services firms.

Following a 14-week CAT A and CAT B refurbishment programme, delivered on time and on budget, the customised workspace was launched on 11 March 2019 to the 250 staff who have now taken up residence within the 230,000 sq ft mixed-use development on Adelaide Street.

The client was seeking a customised branded solution to solve a short-term requirement for additional office space. BE.Spoke was able to take traditional office accommodation and make it the client’s own by transforming it into a space that reflects their image, culture and brand.

Included in the new fit out is a coworking centre operated by BE’s Headspace division.

Jonathan Weinbrenn, BE.Spoke’s managing director, said: “Our aim is always to listen to our clients’ brief and provide a solution with as much flexibility and agility as possible through the model.

“This is an exciting time to enter the Belfast market which is experiencing significant growth, and we look forward to future expansion in the city.”

BE.Spoke is unique in the flexible workspace market. It takes on traditional leases and then converts and manages the space on behalf of major corporate clients.

Weinbrenn says that BE.Spoke has evolved the managed office solution to the next level.

In most cases BE.Spoke leases more space than its current clients require and for longer terms. This enables the division to help grow other parts of the BE group whether it be the more traditional flexible space offer or coworking through Headspace.

“We actively seek to lease more space than our anchor clients require – and for a longer term. This enables us to contractually provide expansion and renewal options for our clients within the same building – a service we don’t believe any other provider is offering,” adds Weinbrenn.

BE.Spoke was advised on the initial acquisition by Simon McEvoy of Savills Ireland.