Office Space to Rent in London: Important Considerations, and Possible Alternatives
Many businesses set their sights on locating in the Capital. A premium postcode, a central location and a strong Tube and rail network would all appear to make the heart of London an attractive proposition. But are there any hidden negatives that perhaps don’t automatically spring to mind?
Here we take a look at some key things to consider when looking at space to rent in London, with a possible alternative you may wish to give some thought to.
Being well-connected could mean higher rental costs
Wherever you situate your office, you’re going to want to be well-connected. It makes life easier for your commuting workforce, boosts your recruitment pool and is vital for visitors as well as staff who need to get out and about visiting clients.
In London, what with the Congestion Charge, choked roadways, lack of parking spaces and astronomical parking fees, you’ll benefit greatly from being close to a station. However, space to rent in London that’s close to stations will always be at the higher end of the price scale, so you’ll need to factor that in when making your choices.
Commuting will be essential
It’s unusual to find too many people actually making the heart of London their home, simply because of the inflated living costs.
For this reason, most of your workforce will be commuting from outside the Capital. As we’ve already mentioned, good local transport is an essential consideration for this reason, but you may also want to consider the costs involved with commuting.
Today’s workforce places a great deal of importance on achieving a positive work-life balance, and increasingly, for this reason, people are looking to work nearer to where they live. But if the costs of living close enough to the office to cut out the commute are out of reach, then this could considerably reduce the size of the talent pool to which you have access.
Local amenities could turn out to be salary-drainers
The younger workforce typically expects excellent local amenities on the doorstep of their office. Of course, in the heart of London, the likes of shops, restaurants, bars, gyms and salons are never going to be in short supply. The question is though, are the conveniences of the Capital going to be somewhat out of reach price wise? If staff find themselves frittering away their salaries on high-end facilities, it may not go down too well.
Similarly, if you’re likely to have clients or contacts visiting, putting them up in a London hotel may also prove budget-busting.
Considering the cost of working in London is crucial when thinking about where to rent office space.
Why Brentford makes the ideal workspace alternative to London
Brentford is a town in West London, considered a prime business district. Whilst it falls under the banner of Greater London, Brentford offers many different opportunities than the stereotypical Central London you know, that is when it comes to the costs and rewards associated with renting office or workspace.
As an alternative to the epicentre of the Capital, Brentford offers a great deal of attractive benefits to the business looking to locate somewhere that’s well-connected, packed with workforce-friendly amenities and is also a great place to live. Here’s why.
Brentford offers ample choice in office space to rent
Different businesses need different types of office space to rent. Whether it’s a traditional commercial let, a serviced office or a co-working space, there is a considerable amount to choose from in Brentford, and with rental rates typically lower than those of Central London, businesses are more likely to find precisely what they need, within their budgets.
Fantastic transport links make Brentford exceptionally well-connected
It takes around just 30 minutes to get into Waterloo by train from Brentford, and within a 15-minute drive you can reach Heathrow airport. Brentford has its own railway station on the Hounslow Loop Line operated by South Western Railway. There’s also a Tube station at Boston Manor which is on the Heathrow branch of the Piccadilly Line, making access into Central London straightforward.
Being located on the Great West Road, the main road link between London and Bristol, Brentford is one of the most accessible districts of London.
Leisure and entertainment facilities abound in Brentford
Museums, gyms and spas; a bustling Arts Centre; Brentford Football Club which is soon to open its impressive new Community Stadium and a huge selection of restaurants, cafés and bars all make Brentford an amazing place to both live and work.
And the best part? Because Brentford is located outside of the centre of London, everything is that bit more affordable.
Brentford is brimming with green spaces
One of London’s greenest zones, Brentford offers an array of beautiful outdoor spaces. Syon House is made up of a nature reserve, a park and a stunning mansion. The property boasts a garden centre, visitor centre and hotel.
Boston Manor Park is a large public space comprising woodland and open space stretching across 28 acres of Natural Conservation Area.
Both Syon House and Boston Manor Park, alongside Richmond Park, feature on Brentford’s many cycling trails.
The Grand Union Canal is a major landmark, offering canal-side walks, wildlife-spotting and cycling around Brentford Gauging Lock combined with a charming selection of waterside eateries.
The Brentford Project is set to make the area a prime location for living and working
The Brentford Project is on course to improve and enhance life for both residents and visitors. A huge residential quarter providing almost 900 homes plus an open-air pool, members-only gym and spa, combined with a buzzing entertainment, dining and retail scene nestled within a rejuvenated High Street is a core part of the scheme. The Waterside, a freshly regenerated hub presenting all sorts of socially attractive opportunities, is another exciting feature of the project.
For businesses looking to locate somewhere that’s an attractive proposition for staff, not just in terms of working, but also living closer in order to cut the commute, Brentford clearly has a lot to offer.
Office Space to rent in Brentford at The Mille
The Mille is a recently refurbished landmark building located on the Great West Road in Brentford. Just a short walk from Brentford train station, The Mille is perfect if you are looking for office space to rent that offers all the benefits of Central London, without the price tag nor the downsides.
Want to learn more about renting workspace in Brentford? Why not talk to one of our sole agents to arrange a viewing at The Mille?