A year in review
Happy New Year! And what a year it has been. The first part of 2018 seems so long ago now that we can hardly remember it. So many things have happened in between January 2018 and now, so many exciting things that we can’t wait to share with you. Scrolling back through our social media feed has sparked a few memories, so for now, here are some highlights from the year..
January – March
We kickstarted the year with a brand-new look for the website, created by London based design agency Smith Dawson. We focused on creating an identity for our company through illustrations that support our core values: flexibility, culture, sustainability and social impact.
In February the Canada House refurbishment works had been completed, which meant the building could be called home to many new residents that were waiting to move in. We welcomed businesses of all sizes from innovative start-ups in the co-working space to 200 strong companies in the large suites.
In March, we extended our portfolio into another UK city and bought 34 Boar Lane in Leeds, the former CGU House. Leeds is an incredibly vibrant city with lots of exciting projects and initiatives currently underway within the growing independent arts and music scene. We are already looking forward to the completion date to throw 34 Boar Lane into the mix of these exciting opportunities.
April – June
In their first venue outside of prison grounds, The Clink Charity opened their first café and chose Canada House to do this in. The charity works with ex-prisoners and homeless clients of Centrepoint to help people back into work by gaining NVQ qualifications in the hospitality industry.
In May, we won our first award for “Property newcomer of the year” at North West Insider Property Awards. This was such an honour to receive after arriving in the city a little over two years ago and having the positive impacts of what we do recognised within the city.
Arts organisation East Street Arts took over the ground floor of 34 Boar Lane to create an immersive pop-up making and showing space for the very talented artists of Leeds. We hosted weekly events from artist residencies to the Light Night Leeds, where we welcomed over 6,000 people through our doors over two nights.
July – September
In the summer, refurbishment works officially began on the upper floors of 34 Boar Lane, which are being designed to provide contemporary office space. Think high ceilings, floor to ceiling glass and garden terraces, alongside energy efficient technology. Watch this space for 2019!
We teamed up with Studio Bark, an East London based innovative architectural practice, with an ethos ingrained in sustainable modular design to build a meeting room pod for our co-workers. After a day of ‘skills with drills’ the pod was up and ready to be used.
In September, The Clink Café officially opened their doors to the Manchester community. The event was attended by local Bishops, MP’s and Mayors. We were also lucky enough to hear from some of the people who are currently under the wing of the Clink Charity. Read about the positive impact The Clink Café has made on Chrissy’s life here.
October – December
October saw a very special milestone for Canada House. The Grade II listed former textile warehouse was home to 8 businesses when we welcomed the building into our portfolio back in October 2016. Today, Canada House is home to over 30 businesses across all sizes and sectors. There is such a brilliant buzz whenever we step into the building – music playing, people having meetings in the Clink café, VR demonstrations in the co-working space and talks in the screening room.
Throughout the year we have welcomed many new residents into the community including PHD, TBWA, Axon Moore and Revere 3D to name a few. With a new building in our portfolio and another city to connect with, we are very excited for the new opportunities and collaborations in the year ahead.