Office refurbishment and fit out contractor Bristol – Design Wisdom from Bristol’s Gather Round Co-Working Space

The Art of Crafting Creative Spaces: Design Wisdom from Bristol’s Gather Round Co-Working Space


In the heart of Bristol’s vibrant Southville district, a transformation story unfolds within the historic walls of the old Cigar Factory. Here, Gather Round, a new co-working space, emerges as a testament to the power of thoughtful interior design in fostering community and creativity. As Mobius proudly contributed to this transformation, we gleaned valuable insights into the essence of interior design in creating workspaces that inspire and connect.

The Role of Interior Design in Co-Working Spaces

Interior design goes beyond aesthetics; it’s about creating environments that influence how we feel and interact. In co-working spaces, design is pivotal in nurturing a culture of collaboration and innovation. Here are some tips on achieving this balance:

1. Embrace the Building’s Character

Gather Round’s choice to retain the Cigar Factory’s industrial charm while infusing modern elements showcases how marrying the old with the new can create a dynamic workspace. When designing, embrace the building’s original features to add depth and character to your space.

2. Design for Diversity

A co-working space hosts a tapestry of talents and personalities. Designing with diversity in mind—through varied seating options, adjustable lighting, and accessible resources—caters to different work styles and fosters inclusivity.

3. Foster Functional Aesthetics

As we assisted Studio Cwtch in the renovation, the importance of functional aesthetics became clear. Select furnishings and fittings that are not only visually appealing but also ergonomically designed to support work and well-being.

4. Integrate Technology Seamlessly

In today’s digital age, a co-working space must have integrated technology. Mobius fitted state-of-the-art broadband and communication services discreetly to maintain design integrity while ensuring functionality.

5. Prioritize Flexibility

Gather Round exemplifies a flexible design approach, with movable partitions and multi-use areas that allow the space to adapt to various events and workflows. Design for adaptability to keep the space relevant and responsive to users’ needs.

The Mobius Approach to Interior Design

Our work with Gather Round highlighted our commitment to innovation and quality. Our attention to detail and craftsmanship ensured that every element, from mechanical and electrical work to the final decorative touches, contributed to an environment conducive to productivity and creativity.

1. Craftsmanship and Quality

The selection of materials and execution of work must speak to the quality that will stand the test of time. Mobius’s workmanship reflects a dedication to durability and finesse.

2. Innovative Solutions

The integration of sophisticated security and access control technologies within Gather Round’s design is an example of how innovation is key in modern workspace interiors.

3. Collaboration with Experts

Working alongside Studio Cwtch, we understood the importance of collaborative synergy between builders and designers to achieve a seamless and holistic outcome.


Interior design in co-working spaces is a delicate balance of form and function, creativity and practicality. The stunning result of Gather Round is a beacon for Bristol’s creatives, and Mobius’s role in its creation underscores our ability to blend technical expertise with aesthetic sensibility. For businesses looking to craft spaces that both inspire and empower, these design principles are your blueprint to success.

Visit Gather Round to see these principles in action, and let Mobius help you breathe life into your workspace with design that makes every day a masterpiece. Contact us today!


Lee Bignell
CEO Mobius Group
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