28 May 2018 – Eje Prime
Colonial is preparing to launch its co-working business in Barcelona. On 31 May, the Socimi is going to inaugurate its first Utopicus shared work centre, which will open its doors at number 16 Ronda de Sant Pere, in Plaza Cataluña, as revealed by Eje Prime.
This space will have a surface area of 1,400 m2 spread over six floors. Colonial, which has carried out the renovation of the building, owned by Maximus Ventures, will offer a variety of services including a cafeteria, fixed offices, coworking spaces, a terrace and an urban vegetable patch. Moreover, the group is getting ready to open more new Utopicus centres.
The firm’s second space in Barcelona is going to be located at number 9 Calle Bretón de los Herreros, in the heart of the Gracia neighbourhood. The space, which will open its doors in June, will measure approximately 1,700 m2 spread over four floors.
The third coworking centre that Colonial is going to open will be larger, since it will be located in a building that, in part, is owned by the Socimi, which purchased it from BBVA for €14 million. That co-working space will span 4,200 m2 and will be located in the former headquarters of Albertis.
Colonial acquired a majority stake in the Madrid-based Utopicus with a view to developing a new line of business. Utopicus already operates three centres in Madrid, located on Calles Duque de Rivas, Colegiata and Doctor Esquerdo. With this investment, the Socimi will help the company, which has a total supply of 3,500 m2, to boost its business with the opening of new spaces in Madrid and across the rest of Spain.
Original story: Eje prime
Translation: Carmel Drake