EXCLUSIVE: New creative lease of life for old King Rollo Films studio

  Posted: 16.09.20 at 14:00 by Hannah Corfield

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A fresh and innovative co-working space has arrived in Honiton; with a previously neglected town centre premises entering the final stages of a full-blown renovation project.

Nook No7 now occupies the old King Rollo Films studio above Honiton Carpets in Dolphin Court, offering a quirky, inspiring work hub to suit modern-day businesses and entrepreneurs.

With an official opening imminent, Honiton Nub News were invited inside Nook No7 and given an exclusive tour of the building from co-founder Vicki Trebble Sargent.

She told us: “When we got the keys for the premises back in February, it had clearly been vacant for quite some time. There were still bits left over from King Rollo Films, which we’ve treasured.

Vicki, who lives with her family in Ottery St Mary, is a big fan of Honiton and excited to be stationed in the town centre with great shops and cafés nearby.

“I love Honiton and come here a lot anyway, as we only live 10 minutes away. But setting up Nook No7 has really made me appreciate how special it is.

“There are so many beautiful, hidden gems here and independents offering things you won't find anywhere else.

“Also, people here are really loving their life. You go into the barbers, or the butchers and you meet people who are passionate about what they do and provide an amazing service.”

Inspiration for The Nook originated with The Nook Factory in Cullompton back in 2016, when a much-loved family-owned truck factory needed repurposing.

“My husband James’ family had this old truck factory which meant a lot to them, but was becoming empty and they didn’t know what to do with it.

“James, who’s quite in with trends and tech, came up with the idea of a flexible work space.

“When we started, we were literally building offices in and around trucks and we called it The Nook Factory because there are loads of little places to hide away and work.

“Obviously that’s great for getting your head down, but sometimes you want to be around others. A lot of people go to cafés because they like the buzz. Here we provide the best of both worlds.

“From there it grew and people started coming to us and requesting specifically designed spaces - ones with fireman's poles, secret gardens and even a state-of-the-art kitchen film studio with a donut shaped office.

“Nook No7 doesn't lend itself to quite as much quirk as The Factory. You have to respect the building and this is a beautiful, historic building, with lots of light. But that doesn’t mean it has to be white and boring and empty and heartless.

“What we’ve tried to do is lift up its soul and make it happy that it’s being used again.”

For more information visit The Nook website.

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