David Johnston MP opens Bee House

Didcot and Wantage MP joins the buzz as Oxfordshire’s largest flexible workspace opens at Milton Park

Milton Park celebrated the launch of its new flexible workspace, the Bee House, on World Bee Day (20 May 2022). Following a £12.4m refurbishment of 140 Eastern Avenue, the flexible workspace was officially opened by David Johnston, MP for Wantage and Didcot.

Nikki Gibson, Head of Flexible Workspaces at Milton Park and Philip Campbell, Commercial Director at MEPC Milton Park, alongside the rest of the MEPC team, were joined by those that had contributed to the vision and creation of the workspace including project contractors and suppliers, in addition to numerous Milton Park occupiers.

To mark the Bee House’s official opening, guests were given the opportunity to have tours around the new space and enjoy live music from a local jazz band alongside refreshments from the Hive Café.

Visitors also had the chance to stop by the ‘Bee Meadow’ art exhibition on display in the Bee House atrium and Buzz conference room, forming part of the Oxfordshire Artweeks Festival with 10% of all artwork proceeds donated to the Didcot Powerhouse Fund.

David Johnston, MP for Wantage and Didcot, said: It was great to be at the launch and I was very impressed by the facilities and quality of the finished building.

The design and innovation shown throughout the flexible workspace is a real testament to all the hard work put in by those at Milton Park who have made their ambitious vision become a reality. I’m sure occupiers and local residents alike will be excited to use this new building at the centre of this thriving science, technology and business community.

David Johnston MP with members of the MEPC team.

The Bee House gained its name after it was discovered that the what3words square for the location of the Hive Café is ///feasted.cloud.honeybees – people can feast in a brand-new café, work in the cloud and collaborate like honeybees.

The Bee House offers a range of small and medium-sized flexible office spaces, ranging from 97 – 2,574 sq. ft (9 – 239m) as well as a 145-seat conference facility, phone booths and meeting rooms available to hire. Alongside the flexible offices and Buzz conference room facility, the Bee House will also be open to small groups and individuals seeking a workspace through the Honeycomb co-working memberships, designed to suit a range of needs and working preferences.

The Hive Café is open to all, whether you work at Milton Park or live locally, serving food, drinks, cakes and snacks throughout the day.

Nikki Gibson, Head of Flexible Workspaces at Milton Park, said:  The pandemic has shown us more than ever that businesses are after flexibility when choosing where to work. Creating a space that encourages collaboration and cross-pollination between businesses has been the vision for the Bee House from the very beginning.

The level of interest and enquiries we’ve received over the last few weeks for co-working memberships and flexible office space has been so pleasing to see. We can’t wait to welcome more people to our buzzy home of brilliance over the coming months.

There are a number of convenient ways for people to travel sustainably when visiting the Bee House. For keen cyclists, there are secure bike parking areas, a cycle hire hub, showers, and heated lockers. Fast-charging electric vehicle (EV) points are also easily accessible to those who need to plug in. Additionally, like others based at Milton Park, for just £20 per year, people working at the Bee House can benefit from unlimited bus travel within Didcot.

To find out more about the Bee House and join the buzz, please visit www.bee-house.co.uk

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