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Coventry offices are 'Bourn' again after transformation

13 October 2022
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The £9 million transformation of one of Coventry’s most prominent office buildings in the city centre is complete.

The six-storey, 90,000 sq ft building on 1 Manor House Drive, is designed for modern businesses who require a premium office experience to attract and retain the best talent.

Transformed by Solihull based IM Properties (IMP), Bourn is a smart-enabled building and uses a dedicated mobile and desktop app to create a partnership approach to its focus on sustainability, wellbeing, and community.

The app will be used for building access and to manage the office, from enabling sharing of energy and waste data, encouraging the use of city centre amenities and helping to build an engaged building community through social and community events.

Rachael Lacy, director at Colliers Bourn’s building managers, said: “We believe Bourn’s way of operating will be one that all premium offices of the future will embrace.

“The beauty of the app is that it enables us to complement our front of house concierge team in developing a strong sense of community through creating a fully integrated customer experience akin to that seen in the service industry.

“Since the pandemic, all businesses have taken a long hard look at their values and to encourage their teams back into the office, they have to offer more than a high-quality working environment.

“It will be the role of our dedicated front of house team, to build community and use the app to promote Bourn’s values and offer news, updates and wellbeing campaigns. Employees can even use it to set up their own clubs to align with shared interests and hobbies.

“We will also be supporting local businesses and eateries to promote special offers and events to help immerse occupiers in the rich culture of Coventry.”

Rob Hemus, asset director for IM Properties believes Bourn offers an occupier experience unique to the city.

“We’re incredibly proud of what we have achieved at Bourn. We’ve repurposed an existing building into a best-in-class office which will be proactively asset managed to help encourage more sustainable behaviours which are compatible with the future of the planet.

“Ensuring the long-term sustainability of buildings is crucial and as a member of Better Buildings Partnership, it aligns with our climate commitment to improve existing stock and help reduce carbon emissions as we head towards net zero in 2030.

“For us, it’s about investing in what’s right for the planet now and for the future to help all our occupiers achieve their sustainability goals.”

The building has a dedicated cycle hub with its own secure entrance. The cycle hub is set up for storage of electric and foldup bikes, with a bike maintenance station as well as changing facilities, showers and blue-tooth heated lockers.

A Social Hub at the rear of the building provides further breakout areas.

CBRE and Bromwich Hardy are acting as agents on Bourn.

Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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