In north-east Derbyshire, the award-winning Heritage and Arts center Dronfield Hall Barn launches ‘Rent-a-Desk.’ Remote workers can book a desk for a half-day or full-day in the stunning venue and the upper-floor Gallery.
The UK National Lottery Heritage Fund grant allocated nearly £400 million to thousands of cultural organizations. Among 2,700 recipients, the venue won this round of funding to recover and re-open after the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, the Dronfield Heritage Trust will invest the grant to start a campaign to attract more remote workers.
The idea for Rent-a-Desk started looking at national post-pandemic trends on remote work. So, the 600-year-old Medieval Barn launches the flexible rent-a-desk venture with a trial period from 24th May to 28th June. After that, the organization will start a series of business-related projects.
In addition, Dronfield Hall Barn is part of Chesterfield Champions, a network of over 180 organizations across Chesterfield and North Derbyshire. As a landmark for the local community, the center is committed to growing the local economy. So, the Rent-a-desk pilot will provide feedback to improve the project over the summer.
Chair of the Dronfield Heritage Trust, Alan Powell, states: “We are expecting to see a demand from small business owners, freelancers and some employees […] They need an alternative desk to land their laptops and a pleasant place to enjoy time with colleagues and clients. This way we are helping the business community and making the most of our brilliant facilities.”
The Heritage and Arts center follows the remote work trend. Rent-a-desk creates an alternative space to work remotely and enjoy the arts.