Cardiff’s contemporary workspace continues to capture growing businesses

Client business lounge @ W2

Cathedral Properties have joined forces with Chadwick Business Centres to create modern, contemporary workspaces that cater for SMEs and larger corporates in Cardiff. Their two latest projects, W2 on Wellington Street and C12 on Cathedral Road, opened their doors last year after undergoing impressive renovations. By challenging traditional methods of working, this partnership has breathed new life into Cardiff’s serviced office arena and attracted top London companies.

As the world of serviced offices continues to evolve, these newly renovated business hubs really do seem to have it nailed.

W2 has a cool, cosmopolitan vibe which attracts creative companies and encourages collaboration. 80% of the 12,000 sq. ft. of workspace at W2 has already been snapped up and the centre is now home to many media companies, including Hall of Mirrors Media Ltd. W2 incorporates quirky features and slate and wooden tables have been upcycled from its previous incarnation as the iconic Riley’s Snooker Hall.

C12 enjoys a prestigious position on Cathedral Road and has a corporate feel with a modern twist. This 30,000 sq. ft. centre, now also over 80% occupied, has recently welcomed some of London’s high flying FinTech companies, including the likes of Monzo, Bedigital, Countingup and Currency Cloud, as well as renewables industries such as Allium Money.

Gareth Davies, Sales Director at Bedigtal, said: “As a tech solutions business with a footprint across the UK, we have decided to structure our business between Cardiff and London. C12 has given us amazing flexibility to scale our Cardiff operation. Our staff love the central location and the communal areas in the building are great. Aside from this, the general running of the building is very professional. Highly recommended.”

Marcus Capel, Partner at Cathedral Properties, said: “We have set out to create a flexible, affordable contemporary work space for dynamic companies. We provide the benefits of a ‘big office’ infrastructure with all the latest technology and modern amenities for the growing business in a friendly and co-operative environment. Businesses are now looking for the workplace to be physically and mentally comfortable to support productivity and allow people to perform at their best. As the demand for serviced offices reaches an all-time high, these centres seem to effortlessly combine business with pleasure, offering plush communal lounges, modern meeting rooms and fitness facilities. The centres aim to create a community feel by holding networking events amongst tenants, mid-week treats to please your team as well as ‘Fizzy Fridays’ to end your working week.”

Richard Douglas, Managing Director of Chadwick Business Centres, said: “Cathedral Properties have really captured the idea that today’s occupier is looking for something beyond plain physical workspace and it’s a pleasure working with them to deliver unique, creative space that fits the building’s individual style and location. Dispensing with a ‘one size fits all’ approach has reaped rewards as occupancy at both W2 and C12 has already exceeded typical take up rates in sector. Cathedral Properties is a perfect partner for Chadwick Business Centres and we look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with them.”

With Wales being reported to have the fastest growing digital economy outside of London it looks like the Welsh Capital is set to see continued growth as more companies in the UK make the move. Removal of the Severn Bridge toll has made commuting more affordable and The Welsh Business Fund is another contributing factor, with grants available to help SME’s who are looking to grow.