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Blick Studios - Hill Street, Belfast

We offer dedicated desks with storage (just for use by you) within studios with limited residents (we have reduced capacity and rearranged our layout to ensure social distancing and minimise numbers) and private studio spaces of different sizes.

Workspace Availability

Private Workspace

No spaces currently available.

Dedicated Deskspaces

We currently have one dedicated deskspace available immediately within our shared workspace in our Hill Street studios £165 per desk per calendar month all inclusive utilities, rates, broadband etc (No VAT)

From the start of December we will have two dedicated desks side by side available within our shared workspace in our Hill Street studios £165 for one desk per calendar month or £250 for both desks  all inclusive utilities, rates, broadband etc (No VAT)

  • 24 hour access
  • Quiet peaceful working environment
  • Beautiful loft style building full of creatives in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter
  • Free use of meeting rooms over in our South Belfast facilities
  • Safe, well-lit and vibrant city centre location opposite the Merchant hotel and close to Ulster University, the MAC and lots of shops, coffee shops and bars within walking distance

Get in touch or email christine@blickstudios.org for more info or to arrange a viewing.


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

We offer dedicated desks (just for use by you) within studios with limited residents (we have reduced capacity and rearranged our layout to ensure social distancing and minimise numbers) and private studio spaces of different sizes.

Our Studios at 46 Hill Street, housed in an airy converted warehouse, offer creative workspace in the heart of the cathedral quarter.  At 46 Hill Street we offer private and shared workspace to over 20 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 superfast 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.


The Location

The studios are situated in the heart of Belfast’s creative Cathedral Quarter on Hill Street close to the Duke of York, Neighbourhood and Established Coffee, the Black Box, Ulster University, The Mac and many other arts and cultural organisations. It is a well-lit, safe and vibrant area in the city centre with lots of different coffee shops and food and drink offerings.

Directions

Located in Belfast City Centre, our Hill Street Studio is down the street from the Harp Bar, the Black Box and the Duke of York. Whilst Hill St. is a cobblestone, pedestrian walkway, there is plenty of parking nearby. Street parking (free after 6pm and all day Sunday) is located on all surrounding streets, or St. Anne’s Square multi-story car park is a 1-3 min. walk away, whilst more cost effective daily parking rates can be found in the car parks on Corporation Street, Frederick Street or Little Donegal Street behind Belfast Central Library.


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

  • £165 per individual desk-space per month
    (We usually offer discounts for renting multiple desks)

Private Office space costs

Prices for our Hill Street Studios start from £500 for an office for up to 4 people. Email info@blickstudios.org for costs of specific office spaces.

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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).

Hill Street Workspace FAQs

How long is the membership agreement?

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

What's included in my membership?

Rent, Rates, Heating, Electricity, High Speed Broadband, Office Furniture, use of Kitchen, Building maintenance, Cleaning of common areas, 24 hour access (There is no VAT payable).

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 Hill Street studios, but the facilities within our Malone studios can be accessed free of charge by Hill Street 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 Hill Street 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 Hill Street studios are open 24 hours for residents to access.

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 Hill Street 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 Hill Street

  • £165 per individual desk-space
    (We usually offer discounts for renting multiple desks)

Private Office space costs Hill Street

Our private offices start from £500 for an office for 4 people but vary depending on size. 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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