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About Funky Spaces
About Funky SpacesFunky Spaces is a platform for all the amazing alternative work spaces available in Bristol. Coordinated by the Happy City Initiative it showcases some of the best flexible and affordable offices, hot desks and meeting rooms that our city has to offer. The spaces we list have been vetted and rated for their 'funk' factor. To be on our site spaces need to offer at least four out of five of the following:
- Affordable rents and flexible terms
- Welcoming and good at mixing up different kinds of work/people
- Supportive, collaborative, positive and accommodating for different needs
- Comfortable, quirky and interesting physical spaces
- To serve a purpose for the common good rather than just make money
The Coach House
2 Upper York Street
Contact: Liz Sands
Phone: 0117 9445330
BraveThe Coach House is in a central Bristol location and has a range of office units to rent from 100 up to 500 square feet or individual desks within shared workspaces.There is an 'easy-in, easy-out' monthly agreement and the rents are very reasonable. BRAVE offers you a fax, photocopying, postal service and the ability of hiring meeting rooms that hold from 2 up to 40 people. All have wireless access and are available by the half-day or day. BRAVE also offer a range of business support services including business advice, training and consultancy services for small business owners to access.
- Office Space
- Meeting Room
- Business Advice
Bristol Space Works
Easton Business Centre
Contact: Matt Johnstone
Phone: 0117 941 5800
Bristol Space WorksEaston Business Centre is the largest of our four business centres in east/central Bristol. It is a purpose built modern facility providing up to 68 units – workshops and offices – ranging in size from 100 – 1200 sq ft. Prices start at just over £1 per sq ft and rents include heating/lighting, reception, call answering, parking and security. There are also well equipped meeting rooms available for up to 40 delegates at very competitive prices.
- Offices (100 – 1200 sq ft)
- Meeting rooms (small to conference size)
- Offices (150 – 1400 sq ft)
- Meeting rooms (Up to 20 delegates)
- Artist studios
Brunswick Court and Unitarian Chapel
Contact: David Fells
Phone: 0117 916 6459
Brunswick Court and Unitarian ChapelIt’s hard to miss our Brunswick Court centre - a stunning Grade II listed building overlooking Brunswick Square in Bristol. This former Congregationalist Chapel provides spacious and well serviced office accommodation to over a dozen organisations, just a stone’s throw from Bristol city centre. As well as being steeped in history and retaining much of its Georgian character, Brunswick Court has full disabled access and houses an array of modern facilities including cycle racks, showers, a lift and kitchen facilities on every floor. Brunswick Court tenants also have access to an onsite property manager, football table and a communal garden. Next door to Brunswick Court is the Unitarian Chapel.'s large hall is available for hire with seating for up to 70 people and it offers a self contained kitchen as well as being fully wheelchair accessible. The space can be used in a variety of ways either for one off or regular bookings for meetings and conferences, workshops and creative events.
82-88 Colston Street,
Bristol, BS1 5BB
Contact Name: David Fells
Phone: 0117 916 6459
Website Address: http://www.ethicalproperty.co.uk/colstonstreet.php
Colston StreetOur three neighbouring buildings on Colston Street, purchased in the 1980's, offer a unique mix of small offices and shops supporting the local voluntary and creative community. Their superb location in the heart of the Christmas Steps Arts Quarter provides easy access to a range of local cafés and food outlets as well as the amenities of central Bristol. The area is historically famous for artisans and creative traders and is now home to more than 100 studios, galleries and workshops - we’re proud that several of these can still be found within our Colston Street buildings.
Contact: Michelle Scoplin
Phone: 0117 925 0505
Create CentreCreate is a vibrant environment centre which hosts a range of events and exhibitions and also features a purpose-built Ecohome. It offers excellent conference facilities, meeting rooms and gallery space, which can be hired out at reasonable rates. Create is also home to several organisations working in the field of sustainable development, and the 4th floor is home to Lifeskills - learning for living. Visitors are welcome to visit the ground floor exhibition and gallery, and the Ecohome. Create's location next to the river and the floating harbour also make it a great starting point for various short walks.
- Great value conference facilities
- Permanent and semi permanent displays
- Create offers flexible office space for green and ethical organisations and businesses
5th Floor, 1 Temple Way
Contact Name: Jamie Ellis
Website Address: www.desklodge.com
Desk LodgeWe have extremely flexible packages on offer ranging from paying hourly or monthly for memberships. All of our options include free super fast wi-fi and great free tea&coffee, and nothing extra on top, meaning we provide an easy to manage and cost effective tariffs.
We focus on a community feel here. We aim to create a space that embraces collaboration and this is why we have created such a focus around our communal areas. We are fun and quirky, have something for everyone and strive to provide a friendly productive space welcoming all.
Our flexible terms and friendly atmosphere allow for almost any business to feel comfortable here. We accommodate for freelancers just starting up right the way up to established global businesses wanting a Bristol base. With different people being here and being a community focused space we believe it will create a very good place for networking and bringing business together.
Contact: Lorraine Fairbanks
Phone: 0117 915 1271
Engine ShedHoused in Brunel’s original station at Bristol Temple Meads, dating back to 1841, Engine Shed nurtures a network of like-minded and focused innovators. The venue provides all the vital components for working, meeting, collaborating, networking, learning, growing a business, and having fun in a dynamic environment by bringing together the right people into one space. With an unrivalled digital infrastructure, meeting and seminar rooms for hire, and shared working spaces we are helping to make great things happen. Engine Shed is a node on the new Gigabit Bristol experimental network, offering ultrafast broadband and one of the South West’s most inspiring places to work, meet and collaborate.
- Meeting rooms accommodating 8 – 200 capacity in a range of setup styles
- Flexible pay as you go co-working space at DigiCity
- Two business incubators with office space - SETsquared Bristol and WebStart Bristol
- Membership only Business Lounge – members are University of Bristol, University of Bath, Bath Spa, University of the West of England, Institute of Directors, Bristol Media and tenants of Bristol and Bath Science Park.
- Public innovation showcase – Platform 14
- Public events
Filwood Green Business Park
Address: 1 Filwood Park Lane (off Hengrove Way) Bristol BS4 1ET
Telephone; 0117 403 2403
Mobile: 07900 705182
Filwood Green Business ParkFilwood Green Business Park is the most environmentally friendly commercial building in the West of England, with electric vehicle charging points, a sedum green roof, and extensive photovoltaic panels. The site is attractively landscaped, set adjacent to a wildlife area, park and football pitch with outdoor seating, secure cycle storage and on-site car parking. Easily accessible by bus, cycle and foot, the new MetroBus will stop nearby.
Awarded the BREEAM Outstanding award, the building provides workshop, studio and office space available to let in a range of sizes from 150sqft, and is aimed towards B1/B2 small and medium sized businesses with an environmental ethos. Competitive rent prices are on offer, with flexible 'easy-in, easy-out' lease terms and only 1 month’s notice required after the first 3 months. A large open plan WorkHub provides a professional co-working environment for both tenants and homeworkers with hot desks and informal meeting spaces. Prices start from as little as £2.50 an hour up to £15 per day, and include business speed Wi-fi, unlimited hot drinks, a staffed reception and access to business support services.”
94 Grosvenor Road
Contact Name: Alison Tobey
Phone: 0117 9145470
Website Address: http://www.ethicalproperty.co.uk/stpauls.php
Grosvenor RoadThe St Pauls Learning and Family Centre is located in the heart of the St Pauls area of Bristol and contains office and meeting space as well as a variety of facilities, available to the local community.
These facilities include:
- A large café area open to the public with access to library computers
- A public library with books, DVDs etc for all ages and tastes
- Two large art studios with spaces and equipment for pottery, stained glass, printing and sewing
- Darkroom facilities for both colour and black and white photography available for individual bookings
A sound-proof music
room with vocal booth and recording facilities.
The centre has a range of rooms available for hire including:
- Small and large meeting/teaching rooms
- A darkroom offering traditional photographic printing
- Accessible teaching kitchen with height-adjustable worktops
- Art rooms
- A music studio
- A creche (for hire only there are no child care facilities at the Centre)
Contact: Claire Holmes
Phone: 01179 249599
Located in the bustling heart of Stokes Croft, Hamilton House is home to over 400 creatives and provides inspiring, affordable space to independent artists and business alike. Our co-working suite Hamilton Hub provides flexible desk space on a temporary or long-term basis and allows freelancers and creative masterminds to keep the freedom and independence they love whilst having the backing of the collective force. We encourage a sharing of ideas and resources in a harmonious yet interactive atmosphere.
Located on the top floor of Hamilton House, the interior has an open plan feel with beautiful views of Bristol. The cost a flat rate £10 per day for hot-desking entitles you to:
- 24/7 access (£10 key card deposit)
- free to access wifi or ethernet internet connection – 100MB speed
- 25% discounted rates for meeting rooms
- teas & coffees provided
- printing and photocopying facilities
- free locker space (£10 padlock deposit)
- cosy break out area for informal meetings and breaks
- regular networking opportunities such as out Tenants lunch on Thursdays and Hot-desking social on Friday
Other facilities available:
Bar and Venue
38 Victoria Street
Contact: Anastasia Mandenaki
Phone: 07474 408024
Happiness HubHappiness Hub is HQ of the world-class Happy City initiative, which promotes a culture of wellbeing and supports social enterprises dedicated to more than profit. Terms are flexible with short-term leases from full time to hot desking for just a few days a week or a couple of days a month. You'll find phenomenal connections and an exceptional knowledge of the Bristol 'scene' here.
Incubation Hub 77 Stokes Croft
Contact: Katrina Hoey
Phone: 07817 690046
Incubation Hub 77 Stokes Croft77StokesCroft is in the centre of Bristol's most creatively driven quarter, offering a range of fantastic, newly renovated funky spaces perfect for those wanting to knuckle down to work in a creative and inspiring yet supportive environment, nurturing start-ups and driving business forward.
The second floor is a hothouse of businesses that collaborate and innovate. Desks can be rented in this light filled, open plan office, with a shared kitchen and multiple free meeting room spaces. It's the perfect venue for settling amongst many other professionals in a wide range of industries, everything from business investment to web design and marketing and illustration to property management!"
Contact: Jack Doran
Phone: 0117 244 3585
Our aim at Meanwhile Creative is to support Bristol’s young creatives and entrepreneurs in developing their projects and businesses. We provide affordable and lively places to work in the heart of the city; thriving communities of innovative, like-minded people in an arena for networking and collaboration.
Following a pilot venture at Bridewell Space, we currently have two buildings operational - Pithay Studios and 36 King Street, both in BS1. The former measures 20 000 square feet and features private offices, an open plan desk space, a gym, two shops and a cafe. The latter is a hub for young tech companies on one of Bristol's most historic streets.
For information about the latest Meanwhile Creative projects please e-mail Jack or visit www.meanwhilecreative.co.uk
10-12 Picton Street,
Contact: David Fells
Phone: 0117 916 6459
Picton StreetBehind the frontage of 10 – 12 Picton St you will find Ethical Property’s smallest centre. Sitting on the only Georgian shopping street still in existence in Bristol, the downstairs retail unit has been home to several local ethical businesses over the years while the upper floors have become small offices supporting a range of local charities. The centre boasts a variety of shared services including a meeting room, communal internet connection and shower. Also to the back of the building, we’ve kept the beautiful Georgian walled herb, fruit and vegetable garden which tenants now help us to maintain as a wildlife garden, complete with resident frogs.
Contact: Nick Sturge
Phone: 0117 903 1100
SETSquaredThe award winning Bristol SETsquared Centre at Engine Shed provides start-ups and grow-on SMEs with the ideal location to develop and grow their businesses at the heart of the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone. The centre offers coaching, mentoring, workshops, professional service firms and services, as well as access to SETsquared’s global network. Members benefit from regular networking events, business review panels, investor readiness training, investor showcase events, free meeting room hire and reception services, as well as office space, where required.
The Bristol Centre is located in the iconic Engine Shed Grade I listed station that Brunel built in 1841. SETsquared members are entitled to free Engine Shed Business Lounge access, as well as discounted rates at Brunel's prestigious boardroom suite.
SETsquared is government funded, not for profit, and takes no financial interest in any of the businesses it supports.
SETsquared Business Acceleration – the safest place to grow your business.
Contact: Jane MacFarlane
Phone: 0117 954 4000
Spike DesignSpike Design offers affordable co-working space and support for design practices within an international centre for contemporary art and design. Its dynamic community provides opportunities for skill sharing, business support and critical engagement, and is home to graphic, product, digital and interactive designers as well as journalists, illustrators, filmmakers and photographers.
St Michael’s Parish Hall
St Michael’s Parish Hall
Contact: David Fells
Phone: 0117 916 6459
St Michael’s Parish HallErected as a Memorial Hall for local residents after the First World War, St Michaels consists of a large high-ceiling hall with amazing views out over the city, a communal kitchen and toilet facilities. The hall can accommodate up to 80 people for seats events or up to 100 standing, there an electric piano, tables, chairs and portable staging available for use. There is also a certain amount of free parking available on site, please confirm the details of availability when booking.
The Tobacco Factory
Contact: Tim Myers
The Tobacco FactoryThe Tobacco Factory is a multi use space for the performing arts, creative industries with workspace, desk space, meeting rooms, studios, live/work and café bar, etc. We aim to be at the centre of South Bristol’s cultural revolution and to contribute to the community with theatre, Sunday market and events. We like to 'strike a light for independents' and seek appropriate occupants, tenants, partners who want to be part of this lively community. We have a strong environmental agenda and our spaces vary from about 100 to 1000 sq ft.
- Meeting rooms
Urban Design Studios
25-27 Stokes Croft
14 Backfields Lane
Contact: Chris Askew
Phone: 07968 342981
Urban Design StudiosUrban Design Studios are self contained workspaces in Stokes Croft for creative and technology businesses. Our community has included artists, photographers, web designers, acoustics consultants, visualisers, animators and architects, as well as the best fixie bike shop in the west! We offer workspaces suitable for up to eight people in converted warehouses with rugged finishes and somewhere to chain your bike. Spaces are available on flexible terms -you name the period. Studios come with their own secure front door, entryphone, wifi internet and kitchenette. Each one is unique so please call to ask about current availability.
- Self contained studio workspaces with their own front door
- Flexible periods of occupancy
- Grow your business to the next level in a creative community
Urban Desk Space
25 Backfields Lane
Contact: Katherine Roper
Phone: 07930 565999 / 0117 3291838
Urban Desk SpaceUrban Desk Space is a self-contained studio space in Stokes Croft offering bright friendly co-working space for self employed people looking for a base to work from. We have 7 workstations within the unit, which is open plan.
Set up with the benefit of several years’ co-working experience, our aim was to establish a comfortable, pleasant and supportive place to work, with reliable facilities and, most important, excellent value for money.
Desks are available on a monthly rolling contract.
Facilities include premium business hi-speed broadband, Nespresso coffee machine, fully fitted kitchen and break out space.
- Flexible occupancy on monthly rolling contracts
- Security alarmed
- Bike store