The Commons unveils first city office

A proposed shared area at The Commons QV.

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

The QV office will be the manager’s fourth in Australia.

Elsewhere in the city, it trades at Collingwood and South Melbourne and is set to open it’s biggest tenancy yet, at 10-12 Gwynne Street, in Cremorne.

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

The Commons at QV

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

The office can accommodate 350 staff (or members).

It also has an indoor golf simulator, record lounge and sensory room and will be dog friendly.

Following the QV lease, The Commons will manage 11,000 sqm of co-workspace (story continues below).

Within three years, it intends to offer 40,000 sqm in 15 facilities, including overseas.

“Essentially, making our members lives easier is our main goal,” chief executive officer and co-founder, Cliff Ho, said.

“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 Melbourne office is also designed with a quiet zone, library and amphitheatre.

“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,” the manager added.

Businesses utilising The Commons’ offices include, 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”.

A proposed shared area at The Commons QV.

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