Moving on up: SoA's new office (February gallery)

14 February 2019 Moving

With a just over a month to go before we move into our new headquarters in Bloomsbury, let's take a look at the progress on the building so far.

Our new events space is being prepped – it’s not quite ready for viewing just yet (you'll have to wait a few more months for that) but we’re excited to get it up and running. In the meantime, our staff floors are almost ready to go – the carpet is laid down, the bookshelves are up, and the desks and chairs are being assembled. We'll be moving our staff in as soon possible from March 2019.

Please note: There may be some disruption to our services from mid-March to early April (with the move taking place in the last week of March) while we move our staff, books, computers, and everything else over to the new building. Normal service will resume afterwards, so we appreciate your patience in the meantime.

For now, have a look through some of the latest photos of the new building, and tell us what you think in the comments below.

The members' space

This was originally made up of two to three rooms, so it's great to see the transformation already. One day, this is where we'll welcome our members – and hold events – complete with high ceilings and big open windows. We. Can't. Wait.

Staff floor

The bookshelves are up, the walls are painted, and the lights are working! Just ignore the mess of chair parts in the background. It's someone's job to figure out the IKEA instructions.

The lift

It's on its way! Our builders are making sure the structure is just right, ready to introduce the lift in due course. It'll make the building a lot more accessible and open – with ramps up from the groundfloor to the lift, and a staircase curling all the way around. Watch this space.

The secret lair

We're also trying to work out where it leads.

Check back here next month

And we'll hopefully have even more pictures for you. Until then, you can follow the hashtag #MovingOnUp on Twitter and Instagram to see the latest updates – and sign up to our supporters' newsletter if you haven't already, to see this blog straight to your inbox.


Sofia Koutlaki 16/02/2019 12:51:31
" Great job! Can't wait to visit the new offices at the super-convenient location. Really look forward to it."
Mary English 16/02/2019 10:23:54
" Ooo, looks exciting but lots of work! Thank you for ALL you do for us Authors...big waves from Bath :) xx Mary xx"
David Lee 15/02/2019 17:09:01
" All looks excellent, I look forward to visiting the New offices.

As a wheelchair user could you perhaps let us know what disabled access there will be to all the facilities.

Best of luck with the move, exhausting work !

Kind regards

David Lee"
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