By Jack Hayes
What will office life in the CBD resemble during, and post, a pandemic world?
It is a question with an answer that countless economists, developers, employers and governments are desperately seeking to predict.
Hub Australia chief executive Brad Krauskopf has lent his hand in predicting that future by opening a new 3000 sqm flexible working space inside the heritage Ball & Welch building at 180 Flinders St.
“Work is going to be different; we know that, but we all want to get back to it.
A big part of working is being around other people,” Mr Krauskopf said.
“We are confident about the workplace bouncing back. It is a great time to be in flexible workspace and co working, because it gets to the heart of what the workspace will be about going forward.”
“It is about that connection and about that flexibility for organisations to get the workspace they need to attract and retain talent.
Lord Mayor Sally Capp was in attendance to mark the recent milestone opening, which will see three levels of co-working space accommodating for up to 500 members and includes outdoor terrace, media studio and a dedicated licensed cafe.
The opening marks a fourth foray into the CBD from Hub Australia, with existing locations on Collins St and adjacent to Parliament and Southern Cross stations.
According to the Lord Mayor, pre-pandemic Melbourne saw itself land in the top five cities in the world for new startups.
“There is something very special about the serendipity of possibilities that happen when people come together to work in city environments and that is exactly what is remarkable about Hub Australia and its city presence,” the Lord Mayor said.
“LaunchVic has done a study across Australia which tells us Melbourne is the home of co-working spaces. Previously 170, now 171 coworking spaces across our municipality, which is double any other capital city in Australia.”
“We are a city that thrives when we can come together to make connections, do business and spark our creativity. Melbourne still has so much to offer, and I am very pleased that Hub Australia’s new co-working site on Flinders Street is open for business.” •
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