21/07/2021 - 10:00

Liberty opens Joondalup location

21/07/2021 - 10:00


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Liberty Flexible Workspaces has opened its sixth location, establishing an office within the Lakeside Shopping Centre complex.

Liberty opens Joondalup location
The entrance of the new Joondalup location. Image: Liberty Flexible Workspaces

Liberty Flexible Workspaces has opened its sixth location, establishing an office within the Lakeside Shopping Centre complex.

The new flexible workspace facility is located on the junction of Grand Boulevard and Boas Avenue, providing 122 workstations across 34 private offices and co-working spaces.

The Joondalup location also comprises a lounge area and two boardrooms.

The organisation said the new facility was a solution to a strategy being adopted by larger corporates, enabling staff to spend time working from – or near – home.

“The hub and spoke principle is where corporate headquarters remain centrally located and are combined with the use of satellite offices for teams and employees in suburban catchments,” Liberty chief executive Jamie Vine said.

“The main office is still the place for key collaborative work, where company culture is nurtured, and where professional development and career progression relies on proximity to managers and executives, but the use of our satellite locations near employee’s homes means the long commute to the CBD becomes less regular.

“We know it is what staff are demanding and in today’s skills shortage it pays to listen and respond."

The new 776 square-metre space adds to Liberty’s existing portfolio of spaces, mostly located across the CBD and city fringe locations, with the organisation ranked fourth on the Business News Data & Insights ranking of Flexible workspaces and startup places.

City of Joondalup mayor Albert Jacob said Liberty's new space provided an opportunity for Joondalup residents to access co-working spaces to support working close to home.

“We welcome Liberty Flexible Workplaces into the Joondalup business community and look forward to seeing the growth and prosperity of their business, along with new innovation and entrepreneurial ideas forming into start-ups and businesses,” he said.

Mr Vine said pre-covid he had recognised businesses were increasing the use of flexible workspaces: more than 50 per cent of businesses in the APAC region were considering flexible office space as part of their real estate strategy, according to Colliers International.

Flexible workspaces enabled companies to improve adaptability, he said, as well as increase cost-efficiency and lower risk without compromising the environment they provide to employees.

“Many enjoy the 'work-from-home' model without it affecting productivity, however working from home is not practical for everyone, many have young children, are struggling with residential internet connections or do not have the space to dedicate to a home office," Mr Vine said.

"Until now the only way to enjoy the benefits of working in an office environment, including access to corporate grade IT infrastructure and a workspace designed to inspire and encourage collaboration, has been to commute to the CBD.”

Mr Vine said the group had already identified additional expansion sites south of the Swan River and in Fremantle, and that it was committed to growing in suburban catchments.


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