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NSQ2 – Why Our Next Move is Cork

Updated: Feb 1

Cork is a location Iconic Offices have been exploring for some time and believe to be the next city of growth. NSQ2 is situated in the heart of the city centre, a prospering hub of enterprise and innovation, and we’re excited to be opening our doors in such a thriving area. Companies are rethinking how they work, with a move towards more flexible working models, and we hope to build our offering to the communities and businesses by establishing Iconic Offices in Cork. With many innovative and creative individuals and businesses, we hope to be a driver and facilitator of growth and creativity for the communities within Cork. Continue reading to find out why we felt Cork was the next best step for our Iconic portfolio.

Why Cork?

A forward-thinking and ever-evolving city, and Ireland’s second-largest economic region, Cork is set to become the fastest-growing city in Ireland over the next 20 years and will play an essential role as the economic centre of the southern region of Ireland.  With big companies and the bustling creative community in Cork, we hope to be a driver and facilitator of growth and creativity for the communities within Cork.

“When looking at Cork, what excited us was the phenomenal ecosystem which has organically grown off the back of the great work of many multinationals in the city, namely Apple, Intel, and Pfizer, to name a few. This hyper-growth has added to an impressive expansion of high-quality colleges, R&D centres, indigenous start-ups, inbound FDI and a culture for innovation” – Joe McGinley, CEO of Iconic Offices.

Cork is the culinary capital of Ireland. With famous produce from the likes of Ballymaloe in Middleton, Murphy’s acclaimed Irish Stout and Irish household staple, and Clonakilty’s legendary Black Pudding, Cork is home to an array of gastronomical delights and delicacies. Located an 8-minute walk from NSQ2, Marina Market is a stone’s throw away from our Cork location and is home to over 25 food vendors offering everything from artisan coffee and freshly made doughnuts, to sushi and oak-fired pizza.

Cork is also the festival capital of Ireland and is home to the world-famous Guinness Jazz festival, the Cork International Choral Festival and the Cork Folk Festival. Thousands of people flock to Cork City every year to experience the electric atmosphere of Cork’s infamous music scene. With traditional Irish music pubs on every corner, and renowned music venues such as The Cork Opera House, St Luke’s Church and Crane Lane Theatre, the city is bursting with talent, where you’ll never be short of entertainment, and we’re excited to be in the heart of it all

NSQ2 – Iconic Offices in Cork City

NSQ2 is located in Navigation Square, one of Cork’s most exciting new developments. With the office space having panoramic views of Cork City and the waterfront, NSQ2 is a short walk from the city’s bus and rail stations, as well as new cycle and road networks, making it conveniently accessible. NSQ2’s waterfront location benefits from the views of the River Lee while also being located within walking distance of the city centre.

This workspace has been designed to meet LEED Gold Standards providing a healthy, efficient, carbon and cost-saving green building. This ensures we meet globally recognised sustainability targets and create a healthier workspace for teams at Iconic Offices Cork. With bike storage facilities and car parking spaces, NSQ2 has been designed for optimal performance and focus.

“I came to Cork 15 years ago and fell in love with this city.” Says Jason Sleator, recently appointed Commercial Area Manager at Iconic Offices in Cork. “It has become my home, and I’ve seen it grow from strength to strength since I got here. With my background in hospitality and considering the evolution of how people are working in Cork City in terms of requiring hybrid and flexible office solutions, the opportunity to introduce an established brand like Iconic Offices to the area was exciting and relevant for me to get involved with.”

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WELL Gold Standard Certified Building at Iconic Offices Cork. 

NSQ2 is a WELL Gold Standard Certified Building, offering its occupants an architectural approach specifically designed to enhance their mental and physical well-being. The aim is to advance human health through design interventions, operational protocols and policies while fostering a culture of health and well-being throughout the workspace. Every element of the working day is considered at NSQ2, making sure the health and well-being of employees are prioritised. From healthy snacks and filtered water to air filtration and a calendar of community events aimed at wellness, all areas of the workspace are optimised to advance how you and your team work.

Employees surveyed after the WELL® standard was implemented at an office stated that:

  1. 83% of people said they are more productive

  2. 92% of tenants said the new space created a positive effect on their health

  3. 94% said the new space created a positive effect on the business performance

  4. 90% would not go back to their old way of working

Facilities at NSQ2.

With private offices, coworking, meeting rooms and an onsite podcast lounge fully fitted with the latest podcast recording equipment, NSQ2 has everything your business needs, all under one roof. Make an impression that will last on clients in our state-of-the-art meeting room, or grab a complimentary coffee with a colleague in one of our break-out spaces.

Upskill at one of our lunch and learns, or collaborate with like-minded individuals at one of our community events. With 24/7 access to your office, our community team is onsite every day to make sure your day runs smoothly from start to finish. Curated local artwork in collaboration with Business to Arts, as well as live planting and biophilic design throughout inspires you from the moment you step through the doors at Iconic Offices Cork. 

NSQ2 is opening in September 2022 and is now taking enquiries. Simply get in touch to book your behind-the-scenes complimentary tour of the space.

Looking Learn More About NSQ2?

Talk to one of our workspace consultants and discover how a flexible workspace in Cork city centre at NSQ2 can help your business thrive. From private office spaces to coworking, they will answer any questions you have and help find the perfect solution to suit your requirements.

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