UBC's Enterprise House in Southampton Celebrates 3rd Birthday
In October 2013, UBC opened the doors to a brand new serviced office in Southampton. Based on the attractive waterfront at Ocean Village, overlooking the yacht-filled marina, it was a landmark moment for UBC. Not only was it the first time we had opened a flexible office on the South Coast, it was also a step away from our more habitual business park locations.
Three years on, Enterprise House in Southampton is a great success and is clearly living up to its name. Enterprising it certainly is, as the centre now accommodates a wide range of innovative small businesses, mid-sized firms and corporate teams.
The centre has come a long way since UBC first signed the lease in 2013. Back then the historic building was looking a little worn around the edges, which prompted UBC to commission a full-scale refurbishment of the property.
Brand new office and lounge furniture were installed along with a comfortable break-out area, new kitchens and bathrooms, and glazed panels throughout. As a Listed building, the Victorian property's period charm was carefully retained, including restoration to exposed beams and brickwork.
To mark the 3 year anniversary since UBC took on Enterprise House, Customer Service Manager Sarah Brackpool and the Southampton team organised a birthday bash on Friday 21st October with clients, neighbours and local businesses.
The event included an Open House for visitors to explore the period building and take a tour of its contemporary workspace and coworking space, before enjoying cake, drinks and goodies.
"The birthday party was a great success!" said Sarah. "All of our lovely clients attended, along with some of our neighbours and local businesses. We gave tours of the centre and showed off our fab new Venture Coworking office. We were delighted to welcome so many guests to celebrate our 3rd birthday with us here at Enterprise House."
History of Enterprise House
Although UBC has only been managing the property since 2013, the building itself dates back to the beginning of the 19th century. Sarah recently retraced its history:
"Enterprise House was built in the 1800s. One of the pictures we have found in our research suggests that it was used for storing grain and as a bottle-washing warehouse. In 1854 when the Crimean war broke out, troops came through these docks to make their way to action."
"In the 1980s the site was taken over by Ocean Village Marina Development who spent £75 million creating a mixed-use development. The only building which survived was Enterprise House!"