Anne O’Donnell at the Cramlington site.
Anne O’Donnell at the Cramlington site.
Tegan Chapman

New style workspace set to open in Northumberland

A modern business village is taking shape in Northumberland offering North East firms the type of facilities only usually found in global organisations.

b.village Cramlington is the first in a network of business communities where totally flexible, energy-efficient, low start-up cost workspace comes packaged with an onsite gym, recreation, catering and conference facilities.

A site for the next potential b.village has now also been acquired in Durham.

Work has started at Bakers Road, Nelson Park Industrial Estate, which has been three years in the planning.

Marketing development manager Ann O’Donnell said: “The aim was to create a custom-built community where businesses could integrate, work and relax together.

“The modern workplace is very different to what it was when many existing business estates were built. Well-networked communities and superb facilities help firms buzz and grow.

“While our smaller businesses might not have all the benefits of the big players, they can thrive by being agile and having fun places to work and b.village recognises that need.

“With high standards of energy efficiency and flexible combinations of workshop, storage and office space, firms can find their perfect combination and quickly scale up to meet their needs.”

At b.village Cramlington there will be 24 individual units of 1400 sq. ft each, with an office on the upper floor and storage, warehouse, workshop, or studio area on the ground floor. Communal areas will include a coffee lounge and cafe area, a gym, conference and hot desking facilities.

The fully accessible units offer easy in/out leases, fully-fitted kitchenettes, 24-hour access, parking with electric vehicle charging points and low start-up costs including inclusive fast internet, as well as other benefits.

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