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See inside Norwich's coolest offices

PUBLISHED: 18:07 18 July 2019 | UPDATED: 09:21 19 July 2019

Helen Vinsen, marketing manager, and Lisa Mouncer, centre host, strike a pose at the incredible new workspace at Fuel Studios. Pic: contributed

Helen Vinsen, marketing manager, and Lisa Mouncer, centre host, strike a pose at the incredible new workspace at Fuel Studios. Pic: contributed

When did offices become so cool? Gone are the dreary 1970s wall and carpet tiles as bosses see the benefit of innovative workplaces to keep staff motivated. Here are some of the funkiest:

Fuel Studios. Pic: Paula GundryFuel Studios. Pic: Paula Gundry

Fuel Studios, Pottergate

Formerly an uninspiring building known as Kiln House, property investors TCN redeveloped and rebranded it with help from local interior designer Paula Gundry. Currently 20 firms occupy office space on two levels from the first phase that was started in 2016 but recently level five was unveiled.

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Table football in Fuel Studio's break-out room. Pic: contrbutedTable football in Fuel Studio's break-out room. Pic: contrbuted

It offers innovative break-out spaces and bookable meeting rooms. The look is industrial with the floors stripped back to the original concrete and ceiling tiles removed to expose pipework and brickwork. Big windows mean rooms are bright and you have awesome views across the city to the cathedral and castle.

Centre Host Lisa Mouncer said: "When you walk into the new development on level five there is a definite wow factor and it has already received a lot of interest with the modern furnishings, quirky lighting and a range of seating from swings to comfy chairs, making it an area in which you would be proud to conduct business meetings and discuss innovative projects.

"People feel more motivated in an inspirational setting and we have options to play table tennis, table football or simply relax and chat."

The industrial feel of one of the many break-out rooms at Fuel Studios. Pic: ArchantThe industrial feel of one of the many break-out rooms at Fuel Studios. Pic: Archant

No 8 Thorpe Road

Sarah Daniels and Richard Mills reinvented serviced office space after a £500,000 investment of a period building opposite the railway station creating dynamic rooms which are hired from everyone from pop-up restaurants to alternative therapists.

The reception at No 8, Thorpe Road. Pic: www.no8thorperoad.co.ukThe reception at No 8, Thorpe Road. Pic: www.no8thorperoad.co.uk

Centrum

The hub for Norwich Research Park and home to the Big C charity along with other growing companies, this pioneering space in terms of design offers meeting rooms, executive suites, video conferencing facilities and seminar rooms as well as a cafe open to the public.

Websters estate agents, Unthank Road

The Centrum building at Norwich Research Park boasts a cutting edge design. Pic: ArchantThe Centrum building at Norwich Research Park boasts a cutting edge design. Pic: Archant

Viewing properties has never been so much fun in this office where owner Charlie Webster has created the first virtual reality 'ilounge' complete with headsets meaning you can take a tour of a home without leaving the office. For staff, the new-look workspace includes a modern mural depicting the city and a living 'moss wall' bringing the outside in.

The new-look office at Websters. Pic: WebstersThe new-look office at Websters. Pic: Websters

The living wall at Websters estate agents in Norwich which forms part of a new i-lounge. Pic: WebstersThe living wall at Websters estate agents in Norwich which forms part of a new i-lounge. Pic: Websters

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