New open plan office in Milton Keynes creates ‘community of co-workers’

From left, Billy Schwer, Luton former international boxing champion and now motivational speaker, Evelyn Evans (ECC centre manager) Councillor Brian White, Deputy Mayor of Milton Keynes and David Martin, goalkeeper for MK Dons

From left, Billy Schwer, Luton former international boxing champion and now motivational speaker, Evelyn Evans (ECC centre manager) Councillor Brian White, Deputy Mayor of Milton Keynes and David Martin, goalkeeper for MK Dons

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A planning surface that can be converted into a pool table is one of the features of new offices in Central Milton Keynes.

The Executive Communication Centres’ serviced office in Silbury Boulevard is self-contained with 20-plus individual work spaces, relaxation areas, a private meeting room and a self-contained kitchen area.

Deputy Mayor of Milton Keynes Brian White welcomed the “brand new initiative” as a “very welcome addition to the ecology of central Milton Keynes”. He added: “...and I feel the timing of ECC’s launch is ideal. We are a city that traditionally goes into a recession first, but also comes out of it first too – and if September’s figures from Government are to be believed, then we could well be at the start our recovery already.”

The new working area is for co-workers, people who share a workplace, often because they are setting up in business, or spending hours working at home, or they are geographically separated from their corporate office.

The new facility has no long-term contract and was opened by Councillor White, former international boxing champion and now motivational speaker Billy Schwer, and MK Dons goalkeeper David Martin. The opening was also attended by more than 40 professionals from the local business community.

Evelyn Evans, ECC centre manager said: “Coffee shops have become as much a part of the working day as is the corporate office. Trains, planes and automobiles are an extension of the workplace, in essence ‘an office in transit’.

“But this new way of working has a flaw, as there is no real sense of community in a coffee shop, or on a train, and working from home can be very isolating – and not always accommodating.

“Our new facility offers not a specific desk in a cellular office, nor a coffee shop, but a homely, comfortable, shared community space, full of people with differing skills and objectives – without any long term commitments, and a place where you can toil, play, communicate and relax.”

Ftting out of the new area was completed by Milton Keynes-based Meridian Interiors.