Mark Collett designed the space. Credit: Cobalt

GALLERY | Rooftop co-working space opens in Newcastle

Not-for-profit venture Cobalt Studios has opened the new space at its Boyd Street operation, described by founder Mark Collett as a “labour of love”.

Cobalt Studios Community Interest Company is based in the Ouseburn Valley. Established in 1999, Cobalt is home to 14 artist studios and a venue space with 36 weeks of cultural programming each year, along with providing workspace.

The CIC said that co-workers using the new space will be “paying back into the cultural fabric of Newcastle” – as part of the organisation’s remit to support culture, arts and music practitioners are eligible for 20% discount on all co-working rates.

Collett, founder and director of Cobalt, designed and built the space himself.

He said: ‘Building this space from scratch has been a huge project and a labour of love, its full of recycled materials and has enabled me to assimilate years of building experience into a dream project.

“I can’t wait to share it with people and I hope that they will experience an exciting but also a calm, focused workspace.”

The new space’s features include fast wi-fi, soundproofed phone booths, a bookable private meeting room, ergonomic chairs, lockers, business address registration, barista coffee, free sparkling water and teas, a roof garden, birdsong in the toilets, unique lighting features, local art works, a collection of brass oddities and an Edwardian ‘quiet carriage’.

Click any image to launch gallery. Credit for all images: Cobalt

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