An innovative tenant signs an agreement at the Swedish capital’s main airport for a new meeting place.
The full-service co-working firm United Spaces has signed an agreement with airport operator Swedavia for long-term collaboration on an office building at Stockholm Arlanda.
From March 2019, a state-of-the-art co-working space will available “with easy access to the rest of the world”, Swedavia says.
United Spaces already has locations in central Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö and is described on its website by a user of the Stockholm office as “a Silicon Valley in miniature”.
The new area at Arlanda will be in the SkyCity Office One complex adjacent to terminals 4 and 5. Office One, which is 15,000 square metres in size and ten storeys high, will now be taken over by United Spaces, to operate it on Swedavia’s behalf.
“The office property market is undergoing a global transformation, with technology and new forms of work changing our demands for offices,” Göran Garberg, chief executive of United Spaces Network Offices AB.
“Co-working spaces bridge the property owner’s requirements for long leases and the tenant’s desire for short leases and flexible solutions.”
Leading meeting place
Stockholm Arlanda is, in the words of Karl Wistrand, CEO of Swedavia Real Estate, “poised to become the leading meeting place in the Nordic region for business meetings and conferences”.
He adds that an airport is “a unique place to establish a growing business based on the future way of working – open, international, flexible and with a focus on meetings between people”.
In the long term, Swedavia foresees that Arlanda will be “the place that links the region together as a mass transit hub. As Stockholm continues to grow, the lack of land for offices and housing in the inner city and adjacent areas will become even more apparent. Swedavia is meeting the need for modern offices and meeting places with efficient transport links.”