Game-changing new coworking space will create exciting opportunities in St Ives and West Cornwall.
Bayspace, a major new coworking and events space overlooking St Ives Harbour, opened its doors to members and the wider community last month.
The ambitious project has completely transformed a previously disused Grade II listed building in the heart of the town; the local landmark on Fernlea Terrace is just moments from St Ives’ bus and train stations, and now also has bike and board storage to encourage sustainable commutes.
Awaiting members behind the carefully restored façade are four floors of resident desks, hot desks, quiet call booths, a variety of bookable meeting and event spaces, a café, catering facilities, and a terrace – all with inspiring views overlooking the harbour.
The refurbishment of this heritage building has been carried out to the highest restoration standards, creating contemporary workspaces filled with unique character and providing disabled access to all levels.
Following a visit to Bayspace this week, St Ives MP Derek Thomas commented:
“Having kept in close contact with the dedicated team behind this project over several years, I’m acutely aware of the incredible journey they’ve been on. Securing Government funding was only the beginning and today, to see an important St Ives building given a new lease of life, is a genuine privilege. More importantly, the town now has a modern coworking space in which local people can start and grow their businesses.”
He added: “With accessibility at its core and a range of membership options available, there’s an opportunity for everyone at Bayspace. I wish the team and everyone who uses the building every success.”
St Ives Workstation, the Community Interest Company behind the project, have a long-term strategy for Bayspace which hinges on creating a wealth of new opportunities for individuals, businesses, and local groups, and nurturing “a positive, dynamic and supportive community of forward-thinkers.”
As Chairman of the CIC, Larry Magor explains: “The vision is for Bayspace to become a catalyst for sustainable growth for the whole area, providing one of the most precious resources for coastal communities in tourist hot-spots – space itself. Building future resilience is also vital, and Bayspace will support the creation of year-round jobs across a diverse range of sectors.”
Tour and trial days are available for those interested in membership, and an introductory offer is available with 10% off monthly membership for the rest of 2023.
Non-members will also be able to put the new facility to use, calling in at the café (open Mon – Fri, 8am – 3pm), or booking a meeting or event.
Members and guests will enjoy views which have inspired generations of artists, and the St Ives spirit of creativity, ingenuity and entrepreneurialism is present in the interior design – which features reclaimed pieces – and a sourcing policy which supports local businesses.
Abigail Badcock, Workspace Manager at Bayspace, said: “I’m really proud to be part of a team of local people delivering this project. There’s a productive buzz running through the building and we’re only just getting started! If anyone has any questions about membership, events, or any aspect of what we’re offering please get in touch – our team are happy to help.”
More information can be found here, and all membership enquiries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org