According to Gatwick airport, 20% of travellers arriving into the airport travel on business, so the opening of a new arrivals lounge in the South Terminal makes perfect sense. What makes even more sense, is the new Regus Arrivals Lounge is open to all (at a fee.)
The new Regus Express facilities offer convenient access for those needing a quiet place to work, hold a meeting or even freshen up with a shower prior to departing or on landing at Gatwick. The business lounge comprises of an open plan area for co-working, with free Wi-Fi and refreshments, as well as meeting rooms available by the hour. The location is the first Regus Express to combine arrivals facilities such as showers and breakfast with the more traditional meeting room and business lounge offering.
The design team behind the project is Honour Branding, who worked in conjunction with Regus to produce this stylish new space. Although coming from one of the leading design studios in aviation, there is a real sense of residential styling here, feeling more like a bistro café on the South Bank or a design studio in London’s trendy Shoreditch, compared to a stuffy magnolia-coated traditional business lounge. Bright colours, eclectic furniture and amenities help create the feeling of a lived in home, and will put passengers at ease as soon as they enter. There is also a large meeting room that can be booked for those needing to arrange time sensitive meetings at the airport (We’ve been in plenty of these so can see the demand.)
Richard Morris, UK CEO at global workspace provider Regus comments: “Regus Express is our new generation workplace that we are opening at convenient locations with high footfall such as airports, motorway service areas, retail parks, etc. They designed for mobile workers and business travellers, and are a natural extension of our existing network, which includes 300 business centres in the UK and 2000 worldwide. Our innovation team works hard on the design of each Regus location, aiming to adapt the interiors to appeal to the target market and to enhance workplace productivity.”
Stefanie Woodward, Regus Global Design Manager, describes the concept as a ‘cool, relaxed environment to revive, think and connect.’ That really captures the ambience for me. It’s true….. the space is calm, welcoming and relaxing – which is even more amazing when Stefanie reminds me that she and the designers along with the project delivery team lead by Karen James and Michael Rees, got the concept ‘from drawing board to reality in less than six months.’
Maybe we should be pencilling in some very important meetings in Gatwick now.