Orega expands Flex Space at M&G’s award winning The Capitol Building in Aberdeen

Orega, the flexible workspace provider is expanding its high spec flexible workspace at The Capitol Building, 431 Union Street, Aberdeen AB11. Orega originally signed a Management Agreement with landlords M&G Real Estate for 10,000 sq feet but given its success in filling this space, it has now embarked on a second phase, taking a further 5,000 sq ft which has now been launched. 

The flexible workspace in Aberdeen has been newly refurbished to provide a total of 276 workstations on the first and fourth floors of the building for companies between 1 and 100+ employees.

The Capitol Building is home to high end office space located in a city centre location with an attractive Art Deco grand entrance and reception area. There are breathtaking citywide views.  It is near to the shops, hotels, and restaurants of Central Aberdeen and only a 10-minute walk from Aberdeen Railway station and 20 minutes from Aberdeen Airport.

Funded by M&G Real Estate, the former theatre hall was comprehensively refurbished and extended in 2016 by Knight Real Estate and was subsequently recognised as City Regeneration Project of the Year in 2018 by the Scottish Property Awards, celebrating the positive impact on the city. It also won the British Council of Offices best commercial workspace in Scotland award in 2017.

The listed façade and 1920s entrance halls were retained and incorporated into the new building, which has been awarded a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating for its exceptional green credentials. These include an automatic building management system for energy efficiency control and the provision of internal bike racks and changing facilities to encourage green commuting.

Orega’s new workspace is designed to be a modern, flexible base catering for Aberdeen’s oil, professional and financial businesses, offering:

  • Design-led space focusing on hospitality
  • A wide choice of different working zones
  • A large meeting room suite
  • More space per person than the industry norm
  • On-site shower and changing facilities
  • Unlimited barista-quality coffee
  • Secure bike parking
  • Carparking

It is the third flexible workspace for Orega in Scotland, where the company also offers space in George Square and St Vincent Street in Glasgow. The company now offers flex space from 23 locations across the UK and is the UK’s leading provider of flexible workspace under Management Agreements (as opposed to leases).

Lynsey O’Keefe Chief Operating Officer at Orega, commented: “Orega already had a strong presence in Aberdeen; we opened Phase 1 of The Capitol Building 100% occupied and this has led to us taking additional space.  We are attracting much interest from a wide range of businesses who are increasingly looking for a flexible way to occupy very high-quality space that is also value for money, in support of the return to the office to work.  This is a trend which shows no sign of abating in Scotland, as in the rest of the UK."

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John Duxbury, Head of UK Portfolio Asset Management at M&G Real Estate, added: “Through our refurbishment of The Capitol Building we have created much-needed Grade A, sustainability-led office space in Aberdeen that has led to new leases with Orega and Ryden in recent months. Our work at The Capitol Building continues our strategy of developing assets of scale in prime locations where we are able to enhance the built environment by delivering buildings with best-in-class ESG credentials that attract leading occupiers, enabling us the potential to deliver compelling returns for our investors.”

M&G Real Estate is part of M&G plc’s £76.6 billion private assets and alternatives division*.

Notes to Editors

*as of 31 December 2022

About Orega

Founded in 2001, Orega is one of the UK’s most established flexible workspace brands. Orega offers stylish, flexible workspace without the headaches of old-fashioned leases. Over the last 20 years, they have provided our clients with modern spaces, run by brilliant teams, and powered by supercharged technology. Today, they operate 23 centres in central locations across the UK, helping over 10,000 members boost their productivity every day.

Orega is the UK’s no. 1 provider of flexible workspace under Management Agreements. They pioneered the model with the vision that partnership leads to success for all. Promising never to cut corners or prioritise style over substance, they invest in their spaces so you customers can unleash their productivity, communication & creativity.

About M&G Investments

M&G Investments is part of M&G plc, a savings and investment business which was formed in 2017 through the merger of Prudential plc’s UK and Europe savings and insurance operation and M&G, its wholly owned international investment manager. M&G plc listed as an independent company on the London Stock Exchange in October 2019 and has £342 billion of assets under management (as at 31 December 2022). M&G plc has over 5 million customers in the UK, Europe, the Americas and Asia, including individual savers and investors, life insurance policy holders and pension scheme members.

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Ben Hutchen

Real Estate Director Operations
Ben is a new addition to our senior team, having joined Orega in November 2021. He is responsible for managing and growing our real estate portfolio. Previously, Ben was Group head of Property at Clarendon Business Centres, with a strong track record at Avison Young and Strutt & Parker before that. He has extensive experience in the UK flexible workspace and wider Real Estate sector. He is a passionate believer in the value that flex brings to landlords and occupiers alike - and that 'the time is now' for our sector.
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