Leading global workspace provider Regus is continuing its expansion in Australia, opening two new spaces – totalling just over 3000 square metres – in the Sydney CBD and Dandenong, in Melbourne’s south-east, late last year.
Regus secured the whole last floor of the landmark 680 World Square in Sydney’s George Street, a total of 1828sqm, and another 1231sqm on level 10 of an office building on Mason Street in Dandenong, where the provider sees increasing opportunity and limited competition.
The 209-desk Dandenong office opened in December and the Sydney site, which has 328 desks, in November. Regus now has 29 spaces in the New South Wales capital and 28 in Melbourne, making it one of the biggest players in the co-working market.
Damien Sheehan, Australian head of IWG, Regus’s parent company, which also owns Spaces, says the Regus openings are bricks and mortar evidence of the growing demand for more co-working spaces across Australia.
“The growing importance of office-based business activity is seeing individuals demanding great choice and flexibility in the workforce and it’s important that flexible working practices are meeting the demands of the flexible workspace revolution,” he says.
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“The new Regus space in Sydney offers professionals an array of versatile work options, from the 45th level of the impressive World Square building.
“In the industrious Melbourne suburb (of) Dandenong, the new flexible office space offers open-plan co-working spaces, comfortable private offices, impressive conference facilities, light-filled meeting rooms and spectacular views across the Melbourne metropolitan area to the CBD, Dandenong Ranges, Port Phillip Bay and Mornington Peninsula.”
Sheehan says both sites have “warm and welcoming finishes in timbers and bright hues”, a central social hub based around a café and a business lounge offering a “variety of work options”, from meeting booths to alcove chairs. Each site also has two conference rooms.
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He says Regus chose Dandenong, about 30 kilometres from the CBD, to complement its portfolio of spaces in the city and other suburban hubs, for several key reasons.
“(There is a) strong business community and increasing opportunity in the Dandenong area, limited competition and our suburbs centres in Melbourne are performing well, with the increasing traffic congestion and growing need for employers to provide workspace solutions closer to home for their employees,” Sheehan says.
Regus will also open a number of other spaces across the country this year, including one in the Canberra CBD, which will take the provider to four locations in the nation’s capital.
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