To many, the red British telephone box is a symbol of the country’s culture, and was voted the greatest British design ever. Yet in the era of the smartphone, the beloved telephone booths are no longer quite as necessary – and that’s where New York co-working space company Bar Works comes in. Bar Works will transform the outdated telephone booths in London, Edinburgh, and Leeds into small offices for entrepreneurs.
Bar Works started as an alternative to trendy co-working offices to amp up the networking aspect of such spaces. In a bar atmosphere, the company believes it will be easier to network. They’re expanding on that service in the UK with Pod Works, tiny ex-phone booth spaces targeted towards entrepreneurs on the go, who may need to squeeze in work before a conference or interview.
The phone booths will be equipped with a 25 inch screen, wireless mouse, printer/scanner, power bank, Wi-Fi, and a drinks machine. Don’t worry, you won’t freeze in that London air; they’ll be heated as well. Users will pay £19.99 per month, roughly $29, for 24-hour access.
To provide the pods, Bar Works is dealing with the Red Kiosk Company, who seek to re-purpose telephone booths into kiosks from which people can build a business. Bar Works has obtained 14 pods at this time.
CEO Jonathan Black said, “Entrepreneurs and others constantly on the move need a convenient, affordable, and private place to work. Why should they sit in Starbucks or any other coffee bar when using one of our Pods will allow them to truly focus on their job before an important meeting or presentation, at less than the price of two cups of coffee a week?”
Black anticipates that the pods will open for business in about two months.