Sydney, August, 2019 – Australia’s largest privately owned coworking provider, Hub Australia, has today officially opened in its most unique and iconic building yet, Hub Customs House. Located at 31 Alfred Street, Hub Australia now occupies levels three and four of Australia’s oldest surviving customs building.
Hub Customs House, which is Hub Australia’s seventh location, will accommodate over 350 members across 2,341 square metres. Building on a nationally engaged coworking community, the launch of Hub Customs House will see Hub’s footprint expand to total 25,000 square metres across Australia.
Hub Australia’s passion for revitalising iconic sites into premium coworking spaces is continued with the opening of Hub Customs House, as it welcomes members and guests to the entirety of levels three and four of the building, which are the only commercial office levels available in the building. Designed in collaboration with Billard Leece Partnership, the space has been refurbished to reflect the building’s historical legacy.
Hub Australia CEO and Founder, Brad Krauskopf, said, “We feel privileged that our story will weave into the next chapter of this 174-year-old landmark building that is steeped with character and history. Hub Australia’s mission has always been to create a unique home for businesses to grow. We find it fitting to offer growing businesses seeking a CBD office space in Sydney the opportunity to develop from this dynamic space that connects Australia’s history with its future, and thrives as a place to meet, learn and create.”
Billard Leece Partnership Associate Smitha Suraj, who played an integral part to the design of Hub Australia’s new space commented, “We were excited to partner with Hub Australia to deliver its latest premium coworking space. The integrated design approach of the space drew on the building’s rich character and incorporates original window timber frames, heritage sandstone walls and feature archways resonating with the sail-like silhouette of the Opera House. Hub Customs House has been designed to herald the original Victorian Georgian structure and its significant modifications over the years as the city transformed the building into the creative cultural venue it is today.”
Responding to the rich heritage of Custom House, brass detailing and battened joinery have been incorporated into the fitout. Textured fluted glass provides an abundance of natural light across the two floors and an incredible interior glass atrium maximizes Hub Customs House’s location and its views across Sydney Harbour. A key feature of the new fitout is the member’s library with its dark tones replicating a sophisticated boutique hotel vibe, ideal for users to relax and enjoy the space.
Hub Customs House offers its members access to design-led facilities with a range of workspaces including five premium business suites for up to 20 people, private offices, open plan dedicated and flexible desks. Bookable serviced meeting rooms and a boardroom with the latest in presentation and conference technology, conducive to the needs of growing businesses. Additional amenities include a fully serviced café, member kitchen and lounge, fitness space, end-of-trip facilities with towel service, parent and wellness rooms.
Located in the bustling central business district, Hub Custom House members and guests can enjoy views of the iconic Opera House and explore the Circular Quay harbourside quarter. A short stroll away, the upper promenade walkway leads around the foreshore to heritage listed Royal Botanic Garden.
Members of Hub Customs House will benefit from the central CBD location, with multiple transport links including Circular Quay train station, the ferry and future light rail. The flexible working space is a convenient a 10-minute walk to Martin Place, a 15-minute walk to Town Hall and a five minute walk to the Sydney Opera House.