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Mare Street Studios in Hackney is about to be turned into a hipster paradise

Helen Cahill
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Workspace has been given the go-ahead to refurbish the Mare Street Studios in Hackney, promising to create a hipster paradise in the City Fringe.

The 55,000 sq ft of office space will come with a co-working space, cycle storage, communal breakout areas, showers, meeting rooms and a cafe.

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The offices, on Mare Street, are between Whitechapel and central Hackney, near London Fields station, an area which has become a hipster hub. Workspace has emphasised on its website that some of the studio's spaces "also have wooden flooring and exposed brickwork" - essential for any cutting-edge work environment.

Broadway Market, famous for its street food, is 10 minutes' walk from the offices.

Workspace will add a rooftop extension to the current building, which has 38,000 sq ft of space at the moment. The site was valued at £9.4m in March.

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Jamie Hopkins, chief executive of Workspace, said: "Hackney has become a very attractive area for our customers and we are delighted to have achieved planning consent to create a new business centre that will meet the demand in this exciting location.

"We continue to deliver on our pipeline of refurbishment projects to upgrade the quality of our portfolio and add superior value to shareholders over the long term."

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