The Commons’ first Melbourne CBD co-work office will “of course, be dog friendly”

Co-working space provider The Commons – which last year attracted the financial backing of the Lee family’s Riverlee – is opening its first facility in the Melbourne CBD on July 22.

The QV office will be The Commons’ fourth in Australia.

Elsewhere in Melbourne, it operates from Collingwood and South Melbourne, and is later this year set to open “it’s biggest location” at 10-12 Gwynne Street, in trendy Cremorne.

In Sydney, The Commons recently rented space in inner-south Chippendale.

Interior design group Foolscap has fitted out the new QV area (artist’s impressions above and below).

Artist’s impression of a shared area within The Commons QV.

This office has the capacity to accommodate 350 staff (or members). It also has an indoor golf simulator, record lounge and sensory room.

Following the QV lease, The Commons will manage 11,000 square metres of co-working space.

Within three years, it intends to provide 40,000 sqm within 15 facilities including offshore offices.

“Essentially, making our members lives easier is our main goal. It’s about creating spaces that are accessible, either by public transport or car, and are surrounded with everything they need on a day-to-day basis,” The Commons chief executive officer and co-founder, Cliff Ho, said.

In line with its existing locations, The Commons QV gives members a choice between an open desk, dedicated desk and private office.

A quiet zone, library and amphitheatre will also form part of the QV space, which Mr Ho added “will of course be dog friendly”.

Artist’s impression of a shared area within The Commons QV.

“Community is at the heart of our company, it’s about creating workplaces that bring together like minds and help businesses grow – socialising is a fundamental component of this which is why all our offices have the amenities they do,” Mr Ho said.

As with its other facilities, Mr Ho said the QV office will be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy.

Businesses currently utilising The Commons’ offices include change.org, Paypal, VICE, Venuemob and Who Gives a Crap

“The Commons maintains its offering as a cost-effective option for both start-ups and established companies,” Mr Ho said.

“Doing the math on a standard four-person office at The Commons, in comparison to a traditional office, our members can expect to save 66 per cent in their first year of business and 30 per cent in each consecutive year after. Because all the amenities, and office administration is provided, it makes operating a lot simpler”.

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Marc Pallisco

A freelance property analyst and journalist, Marc is a co-founder of realestatesource.com.au.

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