Cycling brand Rapha have taken the lease for the newly refurbished Laszlo building in Archway. The renovations for the workspace, which Ashfold oversaw as Project Manager, were devised by Henley HaleBrown for developers Dorrington.
Completed earlier this summer, the beautifully appointed former warehouse now provides over 30,000sqft of flexible workspace. Rapha’s Chief Retail and Development Officer, Caroline Croswell, said: “With our inspiring growth performance, this fantastic space will allow us to further develop a culture where we can fully deliver our purpose of making cycling the most popular sport in the world, whilst nurturing our most precious asset – our people.”
This move, Rapha were previously based in Kings Cross, seems to be part of a growing trend in the preference of neighbourhood workspaces over city-based headquarters. A recent Expert Panel discussion hosted by NLA suggested that local economies will be bolstered by “creating businesses and community synergies.” With space for 250 staff, Rapha have the potential to create an exciting new hub in North London. With an abundance of amenity space – the Laszlo has a generous open-plan ground floor and an outside courtyard garden – comes the possibility of creating a uniquely blended public/private space. Whatever their plans, it will certainly be exciting to see what develops in the not-too-distant future.