CBDRobina prime choice for business, largest office lease in 18 months
Gold Coast Innovation Hub moving to The PC, Robina
CBDRobina has reinforced its position as the city’s leading start-up hotspot with innovation and business incubator, the Gold Coast Innovation Hub, the latest organisation to sign a lease at The PC.
Gold Coast Innovation Hub has leased all available office space (almost 2,000sqm), on three levels of the newly-refurbished commercial building at 36 Laver Drive in the heart of CBDRobina.
Gold Coast Innovation Hub CEO Sharon Hunneybell said the new, centrally located space would become the city’s first dedicated start-up precinct, a major step forward in achieving the vision of growing the city’s reputation on a global-scale as an innovation hotspot.
“The PC will be a home for our city’s innovators, investors and the wider start-up community,” she said.
“The Gold Coast has the highest number of small and medium-sized enterprises per capita Australia-wide and, as an incubator, Gold Coast Innovation Hub will allow these start-ups to base themselves in sought-after CBDRobina while they work to expand into their own premises over time and promote a culture of entrepreneurship.
“It will create a catalyst for tech companies to establish a footprint on the Gold Coast, which is extremely positive for the city as a whole.
“One of the most incredible elements of this journey is the response from the city’s business community, with close to 400 businesses registering their interest for space in The Hub – highlighting the demand for this initiative.”
Ms Hunneybell said the Gold Coast Innovation Hub would commence a fit-out of the ground floor, with the aim of opening this space within the next few weeks, followed by the second and top floors.
“The lower level is designed to facilitate interaction and communication with a vibrant hot desk zone, meeting rooms, a cafe and bar area and a 200-person event space, with full stage and audio visual fit-out suitable for hosting world-class business events,” she said.
Australian travel giant Helloworld also recently moved into The PC, leasing a first floor boutique office.
Office leasing specialist at Knight Frank, Tania Moore, negotiated both leases and she believes the lease deals will have a huge benefit on the local business community.
Ms Moore said the deal with Gold Coast Innovation Hub was the largest in Gold Coast City since the NDIA leased 2,796sqm in CBDRobina early last year – and it would have an equally big benefit for the precinct.
Robina Group undertook an extensive renovation and extension of The PC, including connecting high-speed fibre optic internet and modernising the interiors and facade.
Robina Group general manager Hylton Slater said CBDRobina was drawing innovative companies wanting to base themselves in a forward-thinking, centrally located CBD.
“The Gold Coast Innovation Hub is a prime example of the type of business drawn to Robina’s modern, highly connected offering that reflects a collaborative ethos and desire to be different,” he said.
“Location is clearly a big factor. The precinct is at the geographic heart of Gold Coast City and accessible to Brisbane and northern New South Wales, as well as Gold Coast Airport, putting the country’s major cities in easy reach.
Amenity-rich Robina is recognised as both a Principal Regional Activity Centre and Knowledge and Technology Precinct under State Government’s Shaping SEQ Regional Plan and a Key Regional Centre under City of Gold Coast’s City Plan.
“It is surrounded by unrivalled infrastructure, including the train station and transport hub, Pacific Motorway and Robina Town Centre, appealing to business owners, staff and customers alike.
“Across the board, there is high demand for quality commercial space in Robina, with the office vacancy rate one of the lowest in Gold Coast City – and with The PC now fully-leased, supply is even tighter. The PC offers quality fittings, plenty of natural light, ample carparking, storage and end of trip facilities.
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The Gold Coast Innovation Hub is managed by experienced operators, Little Tokyo Two, who are currently in the process of reviewing an overwhelming number of applications for the Robina property. There are still opportunities for businesses to take up residency and learn more with tours of the Hub held every Friday.
To learn more about The GC Hub and how it can assist your business, register your interest here.
To enquire about upcoming office space leasing opportunites in CBDRobina, please get in touch with us here.