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The Works

Innovative New Business Space Helps GetBusy to Stay Busy

Collaboration is a key to success for today’s high growth innovative businesses. Research by the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) and Babson College 1 shows that companies which promote collaborative working are five times more likely to be high-performing. Although technological innovation has facilitated faster and more inclusive communication, fostering

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NBBJ Transforms Building into Business Space

A building in the heart of Unity Campus, South Cambridge, is to be transformed into a new £20 million multi-let business space by architect firm NBBJ. The project is the first phase of Howard’s Group investment to create a new campus style business park in the area. The Works is

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BDC 318 : Jul 2024

The Works

Innovative New Business Space Helps GetBusy to Stay Busy

Collaboration is a key to success for today’s high growth innovative businesses. Research by the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) and Babson College 1 shows that companies which promote collaborative working are five times more likely to be high-performing. Although technological innovation has facilitated faster and more inclusive communication, fostering a culture of effective collaboration in the workplace also requires a combination of personal interaction and flexible or dedicated work spaces. Well versed in the importance of collaboration, is Global tech company GetBusy, creators of innovative cloud-based document management solutions which help businesses to work together more securely, efficiently and effectively. When GetBusy completed its IPO last year, it began the search for a new space which reflected the company’s core values of collaboration, re-generation and, most importantly, fun. “The focus on and importance of the amenity and circulation spaces in The Works were key in our decision to move there. As Sawston natives, we were keen to stay in south Cambridge and this new development offers exactly the kind of dynamic workspace we were looking for. Signing up so far in advance allows us to plan for the future and to carefully consider how the space will work best for us once we make the move,” said Paul Haworth, Chief Financial Officer at GetBusy. GetBusy recognises that employees do their best, most creative work when they are relaxed and free to collaborate. So, to reflect its ethos, accommodate the growing team and prepare for its bright future, Get Busy is the first pre-let occupier to secure space at The Works; an innovative office space within a new campus style business park in South Cambridge. Designed by world-renowned architects NBBJ and developed by Howard Group, The Works building incorporates the pre-cast concrete frame of the original industrial warehouse which will be transformed into a two-storey contemporary office and R&D space. The entire building will be connected by a 100-metre-long, covered, central ‘street’ with amenity and break-out spaces, purposefully incorporated to promote engagement and collaboration among occupants. “GetBusy is exactly the type of exciting, high-growth business we hoped would buy into the vision for The Works. Our original plan was to develop The Works on a speculative basis, but this early stage pre-let agreement is evidence of the demand for unique and flexible business space in and around Cambridge. We are really looking forward to welcoming GetBusy to The Works and seeing them thrive in their new space,” concluded Colin Brown, Director at Howard Group.

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NBBJ Transforms Building into Business Space

A building in the heart of Unity Campus, South Cambridge, is to be transformed into a new £20 million multi-let business space by architect firm NBBJ. The project is the first phase of Howard’s Group investment to create a new campus style business park in the area. The Works is NBBJ’s scheme that aims to provide 63,000 square feet of flexible, modern business space, incorporating the pre-cast concrete frame of the original building. The scheme is expected to be completed in late 2019. “The goal at The Works is to create an environment where dynamic, growing businesses can thrive. South Cambridge has a huge number of occupiers looking for something a little different to the institutional office stock available, that will help them to both recruit and retain talent and inspire and engage their workforce. With excellent train services, cycle routes into central Cambridge and easy access to the main road network, this is the perfect campus-style office location,” said William Jewson, Howard Group’s Development Director. “The Works is the first stage of our masterplan for Unity Campus. The ultimate aim is to create a new kind of business park, with striking architecture, grade A infrastructure, a pedestrian and cycle friendly circulation space and excellent amenities both internally and externally. We would love to talk to any businesses interested in making the move into something a little more exciting than the more conventional business park,” William added. NBBJ is a different kind of design practice, one that helps its clients drive innovation by creating highly productive, sustainable spaces that free people to live, learn, work and play as they were meant to. Founded in 1943, NBBJ has locations in Boston, Columbus, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York, Pune, San Francisco, Seattle and Shanghai. Its global network of “renaissance teams” includes more than 700 researchers, strategists, nurses, architects, anthropologists, planners and interior designers who generate ideas that have a profound and lasting impact.

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