FAQS

Who Or What Is Studio Space?

What is ‘Better Space’?

We believe that Better Work starts with Better Space- which means helping you to find a cost-effective premium space for your business to thrive. Our spaces are all-inclusive, and ongoing support comes as standard, meaning you can focus on your business growth.

How are Studio Space offices different from a co-working space or serviced office?

The biggest difference is that we own and manage all the buildings ourselves, meaning we can offer premium office spaces at really affordable prices with lots of benefits as standard. Many other offices are packaged as ‘all inclusive’ or‘ serviced offices’ but are simply leased by a management company who will need to charge enough to cover their rents, plus the service they offer. What may look like a good deal on the surface may be masking hidden charges and offer much less than at first glance.

Who is behind Studio Space?

Studio Space is an offshoot of Boultbee Brooks Real Estate, who own all of the Studio Space buildings. We have a passion for finding unloved and overlooked buildings and bringing them back to life. We’ve been buying and managing buildings since 1987 and are RICS accredited so we’d like to think we know what we’re doing! But we are always ready to listen to feedback to make our customers experience better.

How do I book a viewing?

You can request to view any our available spaces by selecting the unit you’re interested & completing a form from there, or you can call us directly to arrange. We’re currently working on being able book a viewing directly via the Studio Space website.

What's Included & What's Not?

What is in ‘all-inclusive’?

Our ‘all inclusive’ spaces include:
— Rent
— Service Charges
— Fully Fitted and Furnished Space including TV
— Data Cabling
— Buildings Insurance
— Business Rates (at the current rate payable)
— Bike Storage
— Shower & Changing Facilities
— HVAC & Associated Maintenance
— Weekly Cleaning
— Up to 100 MB data connection
— Use of any available on site amenity

What’s excluded?

Your monthly electricity cost is additional as this will vary from tenant to tenant, depending on usage. Parking if required (& where available) is extra, as is any upgrade to your broadband speed, plus phone packages aren’t included as cost will vary depending on your needs. 

What insurances are included?

We include insurance that covers damage to the building, and Public Liability. You’ll need your own contents insurance to cover your own kit such as computers, laptops etc, any furnishings you bring in, all personal belongings, and of course your own professional insurances such as Professional Indemnity and Employers Liability.

How will I know what fixtures & fittings are covered?

We’ll take an inventory with photos, so its clear what’s covered by who. It also records the condition of the space & the fittings, so we can agree on any damage during your tenancy.

Leases & Legals

How long is a Studio Space lease?

We currently offer leases of 2, 3 or 5 years, usually with a discount for longer terms.

Do you offer a break option?

Break options are typically negotiated for longer leases, often 10 years or more. Because we offer short terms, we don’t include break clauses because it keeps the leases simple.

What are the Studio Space lease terms?

Studio Space leases terms have been written in plain English to be clear and easy to understand. We believe that this is the first step in being open and transparent- you know exactly what you are signing up for and you don’t need a legal expert to decipher it for you. Although you are welcome to have it checked over of course! Contact us if you’d like to see an example lease before committing to anything.

Are your leases ‘contracted out of the Landlord & Tenant act 1954’ and what does it mean?

Typically, yes they are- it means that when the lease ends you will not have an automatic right to renew your lease & you’ll need to agree a new term with us when your lease ends. This is very common now and always the case with serviced offices or co-working spaces.

What is a ‘Statutory Declaration’?

This is declaration you make in the presence of (usually) a solicitor which affirms that you understand the agreement you signing- in this case understanding that you are contracting out of the Landlord & Tenant act 1954.

What are dilapidations?

When a lease expires a tenant is typically expected to return the property to the same state in which it was let- so this may mean reinstating alterations or repairing any damage. ‘Dilapidations’ are the costs a tenant is required to pay the landlord to cover this cost and sometimes include loss of rent to for the work to be completed after the lease.

Will I have to pay dilapidations?

Yes although on Studio Spaces this is included as part of the all-inclusive rate. If you choose to take one of our bigger spaces and do a bespoke fit out, then dilapidation costs may be payable depending on the extent of the work. Talk to us about your plans for works and if your space would need to be reinstated at the end of your tenancy.

Who do I speak to about my lease or if I have any questions about moving in?

Each building has its own centrally managed Studio Space team (who know our buildings inside out), backed up by fantastic partners and experts. We’re here to look after you from your initial enquiry, right through to moving in and throughout the duration of your tenancy.

How soon could I move?

Once the the lease & statutory declaration are signed, and your deposit paid we can agree a move date, which could be as quickly as 5 days.

Can I move to a different space within the building?

We’re here to help and happy to help you move to a different space if you need to, subject to availability. You’ll need to start a new lease term but there’s no cost for moving up. There may be some exit fees for moving to a smaller space, but we’ll do our best to support you in any way we can.

Costs & Payments

Do I need to pay a deposit?

You’ll need to pay a 1 month fully refundable deposit to secure your Studio Space.

When might you keep my deposit?

The only time we would retain all or part of your deposit is if there is damage to the space or fixtures and fittings (fair wear & tear excepted) at the end of your tenancy. We’ll always clearly explain the costs we are deducting.

Are any of your spaces ‘all-inclusive’?

Yes, our ready-fitted Studio Spaces are all-inclusive. See the section What’s Included & What’s Not? for more information.

What about business rates?

Business rates are included in our all-inclusive packages, but may not apply to your space depending on your location and unit size – get in touch if you’d like some help on this.

Do you have a referral scheme?

Of course- tenants could receive up to 1 month rent free when recommending others under our referral scheme. Please contact us to discuss.

Our Buildings & Facilities

What is a ‘bespoke fitout’?

We carefully design and fit-out all but our largest spaces, so they’re ready to move into when you are. If you need something more tailored, our design team can work with you on our biggest units to create a fully bespoke turnkey build, from shell to fit-out, all managed in-house with a single point of contact.

Do you have meeting rooms?

Each studio has its own private meeting space and most of our buildings also also have larger bookable meeting rooms and events spaces.

Can I book meeting room if I’m not a tenant?

Sadly we are unable to offer meeting rooms to members of the public. However we may offer event spaces for public bookings depending on the building. Please contact the manager of your chosen building to discuss what options are available.

Do you have shower facilities & cycle storage?

Yes we do- we encourage everyone to travel by cycle or even walk to work if possible, and know what a difference taking a refreshing shower makes to the working day. Even better, there is no charge to use showers and cycle storage.

Is there an on-site gym?

Many of our buildings offer gym facilities from our fitness studio/gym partners www.v1be.com & www.lifestylefitness.co.uk. Studio Space tenants receive exclusive memberships and deals, just speak to your front of house team about the deals available to you.

Are there any coffee shops or cafes in your buildings?

Many of our buildings have excellent on-site facilities from the likes of independent coffee shop www.200degs.com who offer sit in, take away and catering for meetings big and small. There are also plenty of excellent eateries a short walk from each of our buildings.

Is there any on-site parking?

Most of our buildings have parking, although we actively encourage use of public transport and bikes wherever possible. Cycle storage and showers facilities are all included in your tenancy. If you’d still like to drive in, get in touch with us to discuss parking availability in your location.

How much space is allocated per desk?

Studio Spaces are designed to be 1 person per 7-8 sq m which is far more generous than the typical serviced offices space of 1 person per 4 or 5 sq m! We don’t believe that business profitability is based on how many people you can fit in a space, instead that businesses thrive when people genuinely enjoy being in the workplace and your team has space to think, collaborate and grow.

What are the smallest and biggest spaces you have?

Studio Spaces can accommodate teams of anything from 8 to 100. We know that businesses change & evolve, and never more so that now. We’re here to provide the space & support you need to help your business scale up, or down. Contact us to discuss your needs.

Can I customise my space?

Yes, within reason- get in touch with your building manager to chat though your ideas. You’ll just need to return your Studio Space back to how it was when you moved in!

Connectivity & IT

Can I transfer our internet connection?

All our spaces are wired as standard, so you don’t need to. We may be able to make exceptions, for example if you’re in a contract- we’ll do our best to help you migrate over. Contact us to chat through the process.

Can I upgrade my internet package?

Of course- please get in touch to discuss options and costs.

Do you offer a phone package?

You’ll need to set up your own agreement with a VOIP phone provider- we can recommend one or you can use your own. Get in touch to learn more.

Are there printing facilities?

We don’t offer communal print facilities as you can simply install your own printers in your studio, which is far more cost effective as you simply pay your own printing costs.

Tenant Support

What if my fridge (or something else) needs fixing?

Once you’re a tenant you’ll have the support of an onsite front of house team to help you with any day-to-day issues. Just report it to the team and we’ll have the problem fixed as soon as possible.

Can I get in the office anytime 24/7?

Yes, our buildings are accessible to tenants 24 hrs, with manned sites staffed during normal working hours (8.30-5.30) for additional on-site support.

What happens if there’s an emergency?

There’s always someone available to help if you’re locked out, or need help, whatever time of the day or night. The out of hours help desk number is 0203 282 7177.

Can I add or remove desks in my space?

You’re more than welcome to add desks to your space at your cost, up to comfortable maximum. Speak to your building manager to help with organisation and installation.

C&S Responsibility

Do you have a recycling or furniture reuse policy?

Quality is paramount in our fit outs because we know that better quality fittings last and therefore have less impact on the environment. We will always reuse whatever we can, providing we aren’t compromising on quality.

How does Studio Space support mental and physical health?

At the heart of Studio space is the belief that Better Work starts with Better Space. We know that people are inspired by (and are more productive in) great surroundings. Our spaces are designed to be light, bright, uplifting and comfortable, and expertly designed to make it easy to love being at work. We’re open to any ideas that you think will make the work day better.