Christie Spaces will launch its $4.5 million Common Ground co-working space on Brisbane’s Adelaide Street in early October.

National Brand Manager for Christie Spaces Fusun Batey says that Common Ground offers more than just an office, with elite services and resources, digital platforms, space flexibility, networking opportunities, and most importantly, a sense of community. “Collaboration and community have emerged as popular reasons that businesses seek out coworking spaces, and recent studies have also revealed that employees in a coworking environment are happier and more productive,” says Fusun.

Common Ground was designed to be collaborative with spacious shared amenities such as bathrooms, kitchens, lounge areas and meeting rooms, as well as contemporary in design with curved steel finishes, high ceilings, and luxe lighting throughout its 1750 square meterage.

Coworking spaces have moved beyond just offering access to fast internet and good coffee and are now a global phenomenon, giving workers an advantage in a knowledge-based economy that is fuelled by an increasing need for information and connectivity. Common Ground will be a centre of collaboration, a hub for technology and innovation, and bring together thinkers and doers from all sectors under one roof.

Coworking spaces are also no longer just the domain of freelancers, start-ups and small businesses seeking to share costs and establish networking opportunities, with big corporations increasingly jumping on the trend. Large companies, particularly those geared towards the millennial generation of worker, see coworking as both a cost cutting measure as well as an opportunity to attract and retain talent by providing an environment that cultivates networking and idea generation.

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