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Convene takes second London site for flexi workplace

Convene, the leading partner for commercial landlords in providing premium meeting and workplace solutions, has just announced its second international lease at YardNine’s EightyFen development in London.

Convene will occupy more than 70,000 sq ft across the lower four floors of the building. Named after its location at 80 Fenchurch Street in the City of London business district, Convene is the first tenant to sign at the new office building following its topping out earlier this year.

Convene at EightyFen will offer a variety of services and amenities for all building tenants and the wider London business community: Convene WorkPlace - a premium, fully-furnished setting and amenitized flexible work suites for small to mid-sized companies - will span nearly 40,000 sq ft across the second and third floors.

Convene WorkPlace membership includes access to spacious private and communal areas, award-winning chefs, hospitality services, reliable and secure technology, and high-end design in a distraction-free environment.

EightyFen will have more than 30,000 square feet of Convene’s best-in-class meeting and events space across the ground floor and first floor.

Additionally, the building will feature a 2,000 sq ft ground floor cafe and lounge and an exclusive Convene reception area with Convene’s signature feature staircase that connects the ground floor to the first floor.

Convene will also operate the building’s commercial kitchen, providing gourmet food and beverage offerings for the entire building.

Convene co-founder and CEO Ryan Simonetti said,“80 Fenchurch will be our first fully ‘Convene-enabled’ location in London that showcases our full suite of meetings, events, flexible workspace, and amenity offerings.

“In partnership with YardNine, our goal is to bring value to the entire building and the surrounding business community. By creating spaces that are inspiring, technology-driven, and hospitality-infused, we are supporting companies’ goals of attracting and retaining the best talent while enabling engaging experiences throughout the building.”

Maxwell Shand, cofounder of YardNine, said, “Convene is a forward-thinking workspace provider whose ethos to create high-quality, tenant-first workspaces and experiences in iconic buildings mirrors our ambition for EightyFen.

'From the outset, EightyFen was conceived as the workplace of the future and during our comprehensive redesign of the building two years ago we challenged our team to create a unique workplace environment that would attract leading occupiers.

“Securing Convene as our first tenant at the building is a strong endorsement of this strategy and we look forward to working with the team to deliver London’s first ‘Convene-enabled’ space.”

Convene has 32 locations across six markets, totaling 1,500,000 total square feet of space.