Regus to open mobile working hub in Gatwick airport
New Regus Express facilities to include drop-in business lounge and “workboxes”
Global workspace provider Regus has announced a new partnership with Gatwick airport to open a remote working hub near its South Terminal arrivals area, along with additional workspace next to its departure gates.
Part of its Regus Express offering, the agreement will see the development of a drop-in business lounge which will comprise of a co-working area and private ‘Thinkpods’ with built-in desks, as well as a meeting room centre which will be available to book by the hour.
The hub will also mark the launch of its new concept; ‘business workbox’ (pictured), a private, self-contained four square metre workspace designed “for people on the move”.
Regus intends for the Gatwick workspace to make business travel more “convenient” and build upon the “demand” for “third places” to work across the UK, having already announced other locations in Heathrow airport, Staples retail outlets and several recent openings in motorway service stations.
Phil Kemp, global managing director of Regus Third Place, said: “Notions of ‘the office’ are changing rapidly and we increasingly need places to connect to work, wherever we are.
“Today’s agreement with Gatwick airport is the latest development in this strategy to help businesspeople work more productively on the move.
“We expect the facilities to be popular with a range of business travellers from those wanting to make the most of their time before boarding a flight to others needing a convenient place to meet clients after they’ve landed.”
Gatwick chief commercial officer, Guy Stephenson, continued:
“With Gatwick serving 129 destinations by rail and over 200 destinations across 90 countries by air, 1 in 5 of our passengers is now travelling for business. We serve 45 of the top 50 EU business routes daily (CAA data) and being so well connected makes us the perfect place for a central meeting location.”
Discussing one of the hub’s extra facilities, Stephenson added: “The business centre will also offer shower facilities for arriving passengers – great for business travellers who wish to freshen up before their onward journey in the UK.”