Two things we can be quite certain of in light of recent events – more people will continue working from home, and more people will set up a new business.
The work model will not go back to how it was (being in the office from 8.30am to 5pm) nor will workers solely embrace the 100% WFH model. It will be a hybrid where workers will have the flexibility to choose how and where they work.
This WFH model really means that you don’t need to come into the office to work, nor do you exclusively need to work at home.
You can choose where you work from.
I prefer to go to an office <—–> (give me flexibility) <—–> I love working from home!
Also with the boom in micro startups in the freelance / consulting sector, this opens up the opportunity to provide flexible workplaces that are not back bedrooms nor fixed office spaces, giving you the flexibility of choosing where to work and giving you the things you need to be productive – a Coworking space.
Coworking spaces offer a balance between an office environment and the flexibility of working from home – but with better company, better seats, and faster wifi! So if you are starting out on your own and need to keep an eye on overheads, but value getting out of the house and being around other people then co-working might be the answer.
What is a coworking space?
A coworking space is a venue where you can rent a desk for a very short period of time. Some locations offer them by the hour but most places will do a minimum of half or full day.
It’s not uncommon to offer monthly membership packages to encourage you to go there regularly and some packages can be great value for money.
Why would I want to use a coworking space rather than a coffee shop?
Coworking spaces are set up for you to work in and to be productive. They will have ergonomically appropriate seating, fast internet connections, and you won’t be bothering anyone if you take a phone call. Plus you won’t feel you have to keep buying overpriced coffee!
Coworking Spaces in Aberdeen
Centrum, Union Street
Centrum is located at 214 Union Street, which makes it very handy for both the train and bus stations. Part of a traditional business centre the coworking space is located on the ground floor, which was formerly the Paull & Williamson property shop.
Advertised costs are £130 per month or £10 per day.
Spaces, Broad Street
Located in the Marischal Square office development, this Spaces location occupies an impressive 27,000 sq ft.
A modern cousin of the more traditional Regus chain (see later), Spaces has taken a more modern and tech based approach to its interior design to capture a younger demographic.
Advertised costs are –
£197 per person, full month
£131 per person, 10 days a month
£90 per person, 5 days a month
Neo Space, Riverside Drive
Riverside Drive is not quite in the city centre but this location does have reasonable proximity to the train and bus stations.
The site was formerly a Regus business centre which was closed down to then be reopened by the current owners.
Advertised costs are £250 per month or £30 per day.
Website – https://www.neo-space.com/co-working/
Regus, Cirrus Building, ABZ Business Park
Regus is the grandaddy of business centres and has operated several locations in Aberdeen over the years.
Their only current location (excluding their Spaces brand mentioned above) is located near Aberdeen International Airport on the ABZ Business Park.
Advertised costs are –
£95 for 5 days per month
£209 for unlimited days per month
The Westhill located BlueSky Business Space is a large business centre in a modern office complex around 7 miles from Aberdeen city centre.
Advertised costs are –
Reserved coworking desks for £240 per month including phone, internet and refreshments
£6 per hour (1 hour minimum)
£20 per half day (4 hours)
£35 per day
£140 per week
Website – http://blueskybs.com/co-working-space/
ONE Codebase, Schoolhill
ONE Codebase has up to 30 coworking hotdesks available on a drop-in basis, with a café alongside break out spaces, pitch pods and noise baffling mentor spaces.
It also boasts the unique position of having an Entrepreneur in Residence, with the highly successful business builder and mentor Bob Keiller taking up the role.
Advertised costs are £10 per day or monthly membership for £100
Website – https://www.thisiscodebase.com/aberdeen1
Located in the harbour area of Aberdeen, there are a number of coworking desks available within Provender House, enabling you to rent a desk by the hour, day, week or month.
For the duration of your booking, you will have free access to enjoy all the facilities that this site has to offer, including spacious break-out areas, a lively coffee shop, and a fully equipped gymnasium.
The costs are not published.
Website – https://www.waterlooquay.com/availability/hot-desk
@balmoralHUB is situated at Balmoral Business Park on the south side of Aberdeen. It is a purpose built, modern development that offers executive office space, meeting rooms and coworking facilities for businesses.
Advertised costs are £125 per desk per month.