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Dolphin Centre unveils plans for pioneering co-working space

Posted on: 04/08/2022

The Dolphin Centre will debut a new way of creative working for Poole Town Centre, helping to invigorate local businesses.

The innovative FOUNDRY co-working space is proposed to open this November, in a joint initiative with centre owners, Legal and General Investment Management Real Assets (LGIM).

From individuals to start-ups with global player aspirations, FOUNDRY offers the community a local platform to work, host and grow. Rented by the day, week or month, there are flexible working options available to accommodate businesses of all sizes.

Greg Westover, Fund Head of Retail and Leisure at Legal & General, said: “As we recover from the challenges of the past few years, it is evident that the entrepreneurial spirit of the Poole business community is very much alive and thriving. A substantial investment into the evolution of the Dolphin Centre, FOUNDRY is our response to the post-pandemic demand for a new hybrid working model.

“This unique environment provides an exciting space to do business; ideal for those who don’t want to commute.”

Plans are underway to celebrate the sixties architecture of the Brownsea House building, located on the first and second floors of the centre, by exposing the original design features and merging them with new contemporary elements.

Adam Walker, Co-Founder of FOUNDRY, said: “Using the building’s mid-century architecture as an influence, we aim to create inspiring office suites and collaborative communal areas to inject the fun back into home working.

“It is our mission to empower the local business community by giving them the space at FOUNDRY to think differently and to upscale growth.”

With access through the centre into a concierge style lobby, members will have exclusive use of the workspace lounge, meeting and bar areas within the serviced office complex.

Adam Walker added: “If you are fighting with working from home fatigue and the stagnation of a solitary desk, consider our carefully curated work environment, where you have the opportunity and freedom to make fruitful connections.”

LGIM is set to launch its pilot location, FOUNDRY Eastbourne, at The Beacon Shopping Centre this summer, with a further 10+ locations planned within the next three years.

FOUNDRY is part of the wider ‘Future Retail Blueprint’ launched by Denz Ibrahim, Head of Retail and Futuring at LGIM, in 2020. It complements the variety of new initiatives that have launched at the Dolphin over the past two years, as part of the centre’s re-imagining to draw more people to the town centre. The new line-up includes KINGLAND (new shopping district of 10 independent businesses), the Dolphin Street Market, GATHER (a community events hub), an NHS outpatient clinic and an Adult Skills and Learning Centre that is due to open later this year.

The customer experience and expectation are at the heart of this blueprint and drive the re-modelling and future proofing of the LGIM shopping centres throughout the UK.

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