Wyboston Lakes Resort secures planning permission to develop new office facilities to suit today’s way of working

Richard Smith

Wyboston Lakes Resort in Bedfordshire has secured planning permission for an additional 11,000 square feet of modern office facilities to provide businesses with a choice of all-inclusive modern serviced office space.

The flexible space will be structured and designed to be ideal for organisations that are adopting new ways of working post-pandemic as well as those continuing with more traditional office usage. The Resort team are looking to work with a client who wants to create their own bespoke office design, for use as either a regional hub, to exploit the location in the technology arc that stretches from Cambridge to Milton Keynes, or a medium sized business that is looking to create its own new head office.

The space, which will be an extension to the Resort’s existing Knowledge Centre, will feature booths, hot desking, break-out areas, quiet spaces, meeting pods and semi-enclosed areas, kitchen and social areas, and meeting rooms.

Distributed across two floors, the open plan workspace will be designed in a way that facilitates collaboration, relationship building and innovation and enhances the working experience.

Richard Smith, Sales Director for Wyboston Lakes Resort, says, “We’ve been heartened to see both the ongoing commitment of our current serviced office partners, but also the wider demand for flexible office space from prospective clients. This underpins our decision to create further bespoke space at Wyboston Lakes through the development of the extension to our Knowledge Centre.”

The space will be ideal for one large client, or two to three mid-sized clients, with the ability to have separate entrances, staircase and break-out areas. The space will be available on all-inclusive fixed monthly fee terms.

Smith continues, “Occupancy within our serviced offices is really positive at over 90%. With new occupancies due soon, this will increase to circa 93%.”

A lot of enquiries are coming into the Resort from businesses that are looking for the additional benefits of free car parking, excellent internet and the advantages of the resort location, especially meeting space, bedrooms and areas for hospitality and entertaining. Companies are placing a lot more emphasis on the outdoor environment for their teams, including the ability to have the outdoor space for relaxation and walking and also offer access to gym membership. 

The Resort’s extensive leisure and events facilities will be attractive to these companies and their teams. The 380-acre site already includes a four-star luxury hotel, restaurant and bar, award-winning spa and health club, 18-hole golf course, water sports lakes, two state-of-the-art residential event and training centres, and a nature reserve. Companies will also benefit from Wyboston Lakes Resort’s commitment and accreditation in sustainability.

Smith continues. “Modern and creative customer-centric design is at the heart of all we do at Wyboston Lakes Resort. Our new office spaces will provide a cost-effective option for businesses and an innovative workplace for their teams at a time when many are changing their working practices and use of offices post pandemic including relocating.

“This new exciting new development is designed for their needs today and in future.”