Working Smart


While swimming pools, private cinemas and games rooms are still highly sought after for residents of new luxury developments, the latest must-have offering is flexible working spaces as Abode2 discovers.

As flexible working has become increasingly popular and is predicted to stay favourable amongst employers and employees, we’re seeing an increasing number of developers creating beautiful yet practical work and study spaces, from hot desks and bookable boardrooms through to co-working spaces for collaboration, these spaces are fast becoming the top priority for discerning HNW buyers.

For example, Upper Park Residences – the latest and final phase to launch at Prince of Wales Drive in Battersea – incorporates the 1882 Club which has been thoughtfully crafted to deliver for busy modern lifestyles with multi-functional spaces for work, relaxation and socialising.

Spanning five acres, in total Prince of Wales Drive will deliver 955 new homes set amongst 2.5 acres of landscaping. Moments from Battersea Park and the River Thames, the soon-to-open Zone 1 Underground station at nearby Battersea Power Station will offer exceptional connections to the capital’s top universities, business districts and cultural landmarks.

Prince of Wales Drive is located in a leafy pocket of southwest London, situated on the banks of the River Thames with the affluent Chelsea across the water. The area offers its residents a unique lifestyle, blending the energy and vibrancy of a central London home, yet with an abundance of all-important green spaces on the doorstep, including the 200-acre Battersea Park, a two-minute walk from the development.

Residents of Prince of Wales Drive also benefit from an impressive suite of facilities, including a 17 meter pool, sauna, steam room, and impressive 8th floor roof garden with far-reaching views of the capital..

Prices start at £785,000



Meanwhile, at King’s Road Park in Fulham, innovative workspaces include outdoor access to WIFI in the Courtyard Garden allowing outdoor workspace for residents

King’s Road Park is a new landscape-led neighbourhood located just 60 metres from the King’s Road, which will deliver more than 1,800 new homes, extensive new green spaces, 100,000 square foot of commercial space and 23,000 square feet of world-class residents’ facilities

Building on the area’s heritage and breathing new life into the former industrial site, King’s Road Park will create an impressive six acres of public park, central square and residents’ gardens

Set at the heart of the new neighbourhood will be an open public park for residents to enjoy as well as a dedicated courtyard incorporating formal lawns, an ornamental water feature and a maze, along with a knot garden, seating areas, atrium which benefits from dedicated Wi-Fi-enabled outdoor workspaces.

The apartment buildings have been thoughtfully positioned to ensure all homes benefit from views of the beautiful landscape, with many private balconies and panoramic terraces giving residents the opportunity to enjoy the tranquil green setting from the comfort of their own home.

Prices at King’s Road Park start from £725,000 for a one-bedroom apartment


In addition, Greenwich Peninsula has dedicated the lobby of one of the five buildings within Upper Riverside to a co-working space - now widely used by residents throughout the week – and The Denizen, in the City of London, features dedicated desks and working spaces in the residents’ lounge.

The Denizen – a boutique collection of 99 apartments, which includes one to three-bedroom homes. Offering a unique, luxurious lifestyle offering, The Denizen is one of the City’s most exciting residential gems, equipped with flexible and fully functional residents’ amenities, including a private cinema, games room, 24-hour concierge service, study, lounge and private terrace with views of the City’s striking architectural landmarks.

A green pocket park located to the rear of the development is well-situated amongst the urban surroundings of The Denizen, providing a tranquil space away from the hustle and bustle of life in London. Taking shape over the past few years, this new address is one of the few residential developments currently on offer at the heart of London’s financial district.


Apartments at The Denizen start from £725,000


Finally, residents at White City Living have private access to The Home Club a thoughtfully multifunctional space to work with a more social feel.

White City Living is West London’s exciting new neighbourhood. Located moments from Holland Park, Notting Hill and Kensington, White City Living is home to more than 2,300 new homes alongside some 60,000 square foot of mixed-use commercial space and eight acres of open green landscaping, including a new five-acre public park

The latest collection of homes to launch sit within the Parkside Apartments, which is home to a range of suites, one, two and three-bedroom apartments and are ideally suited to owner-occupiers looking to take advantage of all the area has to offer

Bringing together the best of London’s favourite members’ clubs, health clubs, modern workspaces and leisure venues, the Home Club at White City Living is a thoughtfully multifunctional space to work, meet, socialise, relax and keep fit. Home to a ground floor swimming pool with adjoining sun terrace, fully equipped gym with personal training rooms, two 12-seater cinemas and a private dining room with kitchen.

Homes at White City Living start from £727,500


Some developers are already adapting and revisiting their plans to accommodate the 'new normal' of 'working from home'. Innovative uses of space to cater to this new need, as in the developments above, is now a must have for modern buyers, and executed well it is leading to successful sale rates.  As this trend is appearing to be set to continue, Abode2 predicts that the need to create such spaces is not set to dwindle any time soon.

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