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Inspired Spaces North 2018 – Inside the shortlisted entries (part 5)


Today we continue our weekly series profiling the 22-strong shortlist for this year’s Inspired Spaces North, the search to find the North’s most inspiring workspaces.

The Inspired Spaces North initiative, in association with Active Profile and Prolific North, is being backed for a second year by headline partner Sheila Bird Group, with supporting partners Zut Media, GVA and Windmill Green.

Here are the Inspired Spaces we have profiled so far.

And we’ll be profiling the remaining shortlisted spaces over the next few weeks.

A public vote will then take place with the top 10 and overall winner announced at a wrap party later in the year.

They say: “The space is inspiring because it’s open and entirely inclusive. Old-school thinking might consider it poor space utilisation but from gender non-binary toilets, to huge white boards helping us to visualise work, and tables without desk-divides, it’s consciously designed to be welcoming and encouraging of collaboration and problem-solving.”

Inspired Space 18: ThoughtWorks Manchester at Federation House

See inside ThoughtWorks Manchester at Federation House

They say: “The dynamic, flexible building works as every aspect of its design has a purpose. From double height ceilings with elevated meeting rooms that convey a sense of visibility and transparency, to the dual aspect entrance connecting Manchester Science Park and University of Manchester.”

Inspired Space 19: Workspace Design & Build, Manchester

They say: “The space is very homely and extension of a warm and comfortable environment. It has a boutique, bold and colourful decor with an array of plants and greenery. This makes the overall vibe very uplifting and stimulating.”

Inspired Space 20: Yolk, Manchester

They say: “A fully open plan office with views of both North and South Leeds from wherever you’re stood. A central garden theme providing an outdoors feel and an abundance of creative spaces, breakout areas and a focus on collaboration.”

Inspired Space 21: Zeal, Leeds

See inside Zeal’s inspired space

They say: “Canada House is an incredible building and it just kept revealing its secrets to us. The scheme was designed to bring the building back to life as it was intended, by exposing the original timber cotton benches, timber partitioning and cornice details, lift shafts, steel columns and frame together reconstruction the WC’s to their original layout with modern finishes.”

Inspired Space 22: LJ Real Estate, Manchester

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