Workshop17 has opened a third co-working space in Cape Town, located at The Harrington in the vibrant, up-and-coming East City Precinct. A unique state-of-the-art collaborative workspace in a key location, it provides 30 customisable private offices, hot-desking, dedicated workspaces, meeting and boardrooms with cutting-edge presentation and video conferencing equipment, a Bootlegger coffee corner, a kitchen, lounge and breakaway spaces.
Workshop17’s newest address at The Harrington is in a landmark Cape Town building owned and completely redeveloped by Blend Property Group. The multi-tenanted retail and commercial building is set among street-side eateries, cafes and galleries in an area peppered with artisans, entrepreneurs and great new entertainment and social venues.
It features ground floor retail, including Bootlegger Coffee Company and East City Cycles, and five floors of offices. Accessible and well served by commuter services, including the MyCiti bus stop, it also offers change rooms, shower facilities and bicycle storage.
Outside, the redeveloped The Harrington retains some elements of its well-recognised original façade with the addition of an eye-catching modern entrance and Art Deco detail that has become a symbol of the new energy and potential in this neighbourhood, which is experiencing a surge of regeneration.
Inside, the building features an exceptional art collection and installations in its foyer gallery, which is open 24/7 and managed by OPEN24HRS. The artistic design extends throughout the building and into the Workshop17 space, which occupies one full floor.
Paul Keursten, CEO and co-founder of Workshop17, says, “Each Workshop17 has its own unique design inspired by its surroundings and community. At The Harrington, the buzz, bustle and creativity of the surrounding street life have been captured in an eclectic, cosmopolitan space. We believe it is a great addition to the co-working options that Workshop17 offers in the Mother City.”
The Harrington is one of four Workshop17 locations in the region, which also includes The Watershed at the V&A Waterfront, Tabakhuis in Paarl, and its soon-to-open Kloof Street location.
“Old Mutual and Standard Bank, as examples, both house innovation teams with us. This is because Workshop17’s collaborative spaces have proven to be fertile ground for bringing new ideas to life,” notes Keursten. “Our spaces foster innovation and help businesses – big and small – attract and retain valuable talent by appealing to the younger generation of workers,” adds Keursten.
Workshop17’s plug-and-play, hassle-free offices come complete with everything from desks and chairs to superb connectivity to on-site community managers. Supremely flexible, it is easy for businesses to grow and shrink inside its space. It takes care of everything, so the only thing members have to focus on is their business.
Importantly, its co-working spaces are unique in that they offer more than simply a place to work; they actively foster a thriving community. Workshop17 connects members who can help each other grow and holds regular public events supporting entrepreneurship, learning and networking in various fields.
Workshop17 uses its leading skills in local co-working spaces and its excellent operational ecosystem to create and manage spaces where start-ups, experienced entrepreneurs, professionals, corporates, freelancers and individuals can work, meet, collaborate and innovate. It is 50% co-owned by JSE-listed property company Growthpoint Properties. Since its first coworking space opened in 2012, Workshop17 has grown into seven iconic workspaces hosting over 2 000 members and 500 companies. More locations are in the pipeline.