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Cotton Court studio space in Belfast

Workspace Availability

We currently have two deskspaces available immediately in our Cotton Court studios. The cost is £100 per month for 1 desk or £175 per month for 2 desks and the space is fully serviced and furnished, and our prices are inclusive of rent, rates, utilities, broadband and use of communal meeting spaces (there is no VAT).   Please get in touch or email christine@blickstudios.org if you’re interested in viewing the space and taking on a desk.

Eligibility

The vision of Blick Shared Studios is to focus on the needs of creative industry businesses.  We want to help the creative industries grow in Northern Ireland, to be eligible for taking workspace within Blick you need to be working within the creative industries. Falling within the UK’s definition of the creative industries – ‘those industries that are based on individual creativity, skill and talent with the potential to create wealth and jobs through developing intellectual property’ – includes thirteen sectors: advertising, architecture, the art and antiques market, crafts, design, designer fashion, film, interactive leisure software (ie. video games), music, the performing arts, publishing, software, and television and radio. You will be asked to complete a short application form to ensure your eligibility before taking a space at Blick.


The Workspace

Our workspace in Cotton Court, a cotton warehouse converted in 2002, has an ideal location situated opposite The Merchant Hotel and is also home to a number of other creative organisations including Craft NI, Young At Art and the Belfast Print Workshop. At our Cotton Court Workspace we offer shared and private workspace to up to 15 small and start up creative businesses. 

The space we offer is fully serviced, flexible, furnished and affordable. Our prices are all inclusive including rent, rates, utilities and 100mb Broadband. You can also enjoy the dedicated breakout spaces for getting away from your desk or meeting clients. 

Taking a space at Blick Studios is more than just a physical space it’s about meeting and working alongside like minded people, collaborating, learning and sharing experiences.


Workspace Prices

Our buildings are fully serviced and furnished, and our prices are inclusive of rent, rates, utilities, broadband and use of communal meeting spaces, making renting an office simple.

Shared Workspace Prices (Cotton Court)

  • £100 per individual desk-space per month
    (We usually offer discounts for renting multiple desks)

Private Office space costs

Prices for our Cotton Court Studios start from £250 for a small office for up to 2 people. Email info@blickstudios.org for costs of specific office spaces.


Why choose Blick?

Blick is a local, independent social enterprise offering affordable shared workspace, events, services and support for creatives in Belfast. Choosing Blick means your money goes to support the local economy and the creative industries in Northern Ireland.

We have over 10 years experience providing workspace for creatives. We know what we are doing and can be relied upon to provide a professional service as well as being friendly and approachable.

Our spaces have been designed by creatives for creatives and offer quiet, intimate working spaces in buildings with character and charm to allow for productivity and creativity as well as community and collaboration. We aim to keep our services as affordable as possible so don’t offer free coffee/tea/ additional perks just try to offer really good service in nice spaces with nice people.

We currently have three buildings in Belfast, two in Belfast’s vibrant and creative Cathedral Quarter area close to Belfast School of Art and the other in leafy South Belfast near Queens University Belfast. Both areas are lively and safe and have good access to local amenities (coffee shops, cafes, bars and cultural buildings including The Mac in the Cathedral Quarter and The Ulster Museum and botanic gardens in South Belfast).

Cotton Court Workspace FAQs

How long is the lease?

Leases are for a minimum of 3 months followed by a rolling month by month contract.

What's included in my rent?

Rent, Rates, Heating, Electricity, High Speed Broadband, Office Furniture, use of Kitchen, Building maintenance, Cleaning of common areas, access from 7.30am – 11.00pm

What are the payment terms?

We require 1 months rent to be paid by bank transfer as deposit to secure the space. This deposit will then be returned by bank transfer when you move out and have returned your keys and left your workspace clean and tidy without alterations. The first months rent will be due to be paid by bank transfer at the start of your rental term and invoiced thereafter on a monthly basis.

Will I have full meeting and boardroom access?

Unfortunately we don’t have a meeting room within our Cotton Court studios, but the facilities within our Malone studios can be accessed free of charge by Cotton Court Blick residents, but is subject to booking and availability.

Will I have access to car parking?

We do not offer any free parking at our Cotton Court Studios but there is paid on street parking in the surrounding streets and a number of car parks a short walk away, affordable daily parking is available on Corporation Street, Lancaster Street and Little Donegal Street and you can also park within St Anne’s Square Belfast.

What are the opening hours?

Our Cotton Court studios are open for residents to access between 7.30am and 11.00pm daily.

Will I get any extra services e.g. reception, telephone answering or photocopying?

We don’t provide any extra services, we prefer to keep things simple and keep costs down for our resident businesses and put any profits we make back into supporting the local creative economy through free creative business support events and workshops.

How much do deskspaces and offices in Cotton Court cost?

Our buildings are fully serviced and furnished, and our prices are inclusive of rent, rates, utilities, broadband and use of communal meeting spaces, making renting an office simple.

Shared Workspace Prices Cotton Court

  • £100 per individual desk-space
    (We usually offer discounts for renting multiple desks)

Private Office space costs Cotton Court

Our private offices start from £16 per sqft per annum, but vary depending on size and location. Email christine@blickstudios.org for costs of specific office spaces.

What if I don’t see what I want on your website?

Please get in touch with us, we try to be flexible where we can to meet individual business needs so either give us a call or drop us an email to christine@blickstudios.org with what you are looking for and we will do our best to accommodate you.

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