Sydney leads the way for ‘drop-in’ workplaces
- Regus opens new centre at 63 Miller Street in Pyrmont
- Regus offers an expanded network of 26 Sydney locations covering both the CBD and fringe areas including Blacktown, Parramatta, Liverpool, North Ryde, Chatswood and Bondi Junction
- Customers can utilise all 26 locations as flexible ‘drop-in’ work hubs
Sydney’s office landscape is fast changing shape in the form of flexible workplace providers such as Regus. Professionals can now access up to 26 ‘drop-in’ office locations across the Sydney region including the CBD and the northern, eastern and western suburbs – with an end of year goal to have a Regus centre within a 20-minute drive of all Sydneysiders.
The need for flexible working options such as co-working spaces, pay-as-you-go offices, virtual offices and drop-in business lounges has seen Regus’ Sydney network triple in size from nine centres in 2012 to a current total of 26 – which includes the latest two openings at 63 Miller Street, Pyrmont and 45 Evans Street, Balmain.
Commercial landlords are fast becoming aware of flexible workplace providers like Regus, as they realise the benefits they can provide to their building, including:
Incubator: Many fledgling businesses are now using flexi-work providers to get off the ground before moving to a permanent office. At this point, many wish to remain in the same building to avoid the upheaval of a major relocation. So workplace providers act as tenant incubators for landlords.
Long-term partnerships: Landlords are used to signing leases in the vicinity of one to five years, whereas flexible workplace providers can bring continuity with long-term leases, avoiding the constant re-negotiation, tenant churn and vacancy issues.
Network: Flexi-work providers are always looking to expand into new areas and will often do so using the same landlord, expanding into their commercial portfolio as they take on new premises.
Facilities: In-house workplace providers offer other building tenants the ability to temporarily expand and retract with no long-term commitments, along with the use of facilities including meeting and project rooms.
In both new centres, workers have 24-hour access to a business lounge, reception, meeting rooms, and boardrooms. The Pyrmont and Balmain locations, along with the wider Regus Network, give workers ample opportunities to work flexibly.
Regus 63 Miller Street, Pyrmont has a floor space of 678m2, including 113 work stations and 26 offices, and is situated on level one of one of the suburb’s most iconic landmarks, the former Festival Records Headquarters.
Regus 45 Evans Street, Balmain occupies the ground and first floors of a well-serviced office building. The business centre has a floor space of 770m2, which includes 110 work stations, 32 offices and 4 conference rooms.
CEO of Regus Australia and New Zealand, Paul Migliorini, said that Sydney offers an ideal platform to expand the Regus network due to the changing mindset of how people work.
“We are constantly looking for new areas and commercial hubs to expand our Regus network, as research shows that the number of remote and flexible workers is on the rise and this needs to be catered for.
“Today’s professional can now access company files and data through their smartphone, tablet or laptop, so they don’t need to fight their way through the inconvenience of Sydney’s rush hour traffic to reach their office anymore, which is why we’re dedicated to offering alternative locations both inside and outside the city centre. People want options.”
Regus is even going one step further and localising the aesthetics of their centres, starting with Balmain, Blacktown and Ultimo, who each display customised imagery of their individual suburb’s landmarks as part of an initiative to support the local arts scene.
The creative skills of young, up-and-coming photographer, Zack Esawie, were subcontracted by Regus as part of a wider strategy to further enliven Sydney’s strong arts culture and help showcase some of the city’s up and coming creative minds.
The full list of Sydney’s Regus locations can be found here: http://www.regus.com.au/business-centre/australia/sydney