Moving on Up
We had a busy end to November moving into fabulous new offices in Belfast and London.
Our London office overlooks the River Thames in the lovely Somerset House. The building was originally the site of a Tudor palace, designed by Sir William Chambers in 1776 – and we have the plumbing to prove this!
Somerset House is a thriving entrepreneurial community hosting both our landlords MakerVersity (https://makerversity.org/london/) and Studio Spaces (https://www.somersethouse.org.uk/studio-spaces) with lots of workshop space for us to build, test and iterate. We now have access to a bank of 3D printers, an electronics lab and are surrounded by fellow makers so the space is really vibrant and interesting! We timed our arrival to coincide with one of the reasons Somerset house is a top London visitor attraction (www.somersethouse.org.uk) – the iceskating rink! Enjoyed with a cup of mulled wine (https://www.somersethouse.org.uk/whats-on/skate-somerset-house) ! Here are Alleyn and I on move-in day! After a trip to the garden centre and a foliage squashed trip with a bemused taxi driver (not the plan but my car’s rear tyre picked up a huge screw at the garden centre – so we limped to the nearest garage, called a cab and transferred foliage!) we have a beautifully green office. The walls are already covered with the output of a deep dive on our key customer, in Domiciliary Care Provider’s needs assessment.
Not to be outdone, the Belfast office is now in the Scottish Provident Building (http://scottishprovidentbuilding.co.uk/) which was built in sections between 1897 and 1902 with a design by Young & Mackenzie. The central bay is bowed with four carved panels representing Belfast’s main industries at the time the building was erected – printing, rope-making, shipbuilding, and spinning. Sadly all industries that have more or less vanished, but the good news is that h-tech is taking their place. If they were making the panels today the themes would be Cybersecurity, Fintech, Biotech and IoT.
As soon as we saw the terrace and the large outdoor BBQ (or Braai as we say in South Africa) we were persuaded!
Paul has amassed a large art collection … so there is some debate as to which works will go up on the wall, his ‘odd bicycle’ or fierce Dragon collections! As with MakerVersity, the building is packed with IT product companies from tiny and new to large and thriving.