These facilities cater to commuters and business owners who prefer working close to home, but require fibre broadband and high spec meeting rooms unavailable at their household.
The new facility is based in the Dunshaughlin Civic Offices and the facility augments the existing Kells Tech Hub, which offers over 50 Remote work stations.
Many commuters, especially those in locations such as Meath far from city centres, had to work at home during restrictions and preferred this over long travel times to office spaces. These work hubs hope to make travel times much shorter in rural areas while also allowing for a broad range of facilities compared to what is available when working at home.
The pandemic presented an opportunity to make a permanent change in the way we work – to make remote and blended working a much bigger part of normal working life and achieve a better work-life balance. I believe people should have a choice to work from home, a hub or in the office, so long as the work gets done and business and service needs are met.
“It’s been a long wait, I got funding for this in 2018, then work had to be done on the building to sort out internal structures, the Civic Offices closed in 2019 to get the work done… and then the Pandemic caused further delays,” Cllr.Gerry O’Connor said.
There are currently 400 remote working hubs in Ireland with the goal to connect them across a joined Connected Hubs Network. This will allow people to book desks, meeting rooms, and co-working spaces on ConnectedHubs.ie with each hub currently asking for differing prices.
Cllr. Damien O’ Reilly has welcomed this addition to Dunshaughlin and “wishes all the local commuters and new start-ups the best using this amazing facility offered by Meath County Council.”