15 May 2019
With less than three months to go until Jute & Co officially opens to tenants, Jeremy Dixon is busily overseeing every detail of this ambitious new project on the 9000 sq foot top floor of the landmark Dundee One building. With soaring views over the River Tay to one side, and the Dundee V&A and city centre on the other, this is probably one of the most spectacular places to work and grow a business in Scotland. But what will the new space be like inside? Here Jeremy explains more about his vision.
It’s a new Scottish co-working space which will be opening in August for business of all shapes, sizes and sectors. We’re all about flexibility and building a great community, whether you’re looking for a private office, a co-working desk, or simply want somewhere to park your laptop and grab a coffee during the day.
It definitely will! Good design has been a huge focus for our team, and not just because we overlook one of the world’s greatest design museums. We’ve been working with some very talented people to make sure we have the very latest technology in place but also beautiful, colourful and visually inspiring interiors. 70 per cent of younger workers say they would trade other benefits for a better workspace so it’s an important factor in the Jute & Co concept.
I don’t think there will be an office with a more inspiring view! Dundee One has attracted businesses from all over the world and we’re expecting Jute & Co to have a mix of local tenants and those from further afield. Our location in the heart of this very dynamic part of the city is a huge pull for businesses. As well as the views, and the lovely sense of calm that the water gives you, we’re just minutes from the road bridge, train station and the centre of one of the UK’s most thriving cities.
I have a background in the hospitality industry so as well as the property side of things, I’ve been really focused on the experience and bringing comfort and style to the space. For phase two of the project we plan to have an all-day café on the ground floor serving up healthy, tasty and affordable food and - of course - great coffee. We’re also working with local artists from Duncan of Jordanstone College to source some amazing art. We’ll also be introducing some exciting perks for cyclists and pretty innovative ways for our whole community to work on their health and wellbeing while they’re in the Jute & Co office. More details to follow.
Not at all like Jute & Co! It was a serviced space in Edinburgh – a desk, chair and basic facilities, as that is all one expected in those days. Certainly not an unpleasant place to work, but not really fit for purpose in today’s flexible workplace.