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Iconic phone boxes turned into on-the-go offices

Work & Lifestyle

NYC-based Bar Works Inc is expanding its co-working concept in the UK by turning old phone boxes into fully equipped private office pods.

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Workers in several UK cities will soon have small, private, fully networked office space on nearly every corner. BT’s instantly recognizable, mostly now-defunct telephone boxes are being repurposed as mini office pods for workers on-the-go.

For a monthly fee, Pod Works members will be able to access any work station any time of day or night. A unique access code will be sent to members every time they want to use a pod. Each office will provide wifi, a printer and scanner, wireless mouse, 25-inch screen, a powerbank of plugs and possibly most importantly, a hot drinks machine. The pods will also be heated.

Currently only available in London, Leeds and Edinburgh, Bar Works Inc plans to grow Pod Works into a network across the UK, with membership allowing access to international locations that include New York and San Francisco.

We have already seen multi-tasking park benches that also provide charging stations, but what other public spaces could provide on-the-go benefits for city dwellers?



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