Let me Introduce You to The Office Space!
September 7, 2015 by Haakon Bjoern-Hansen
This is the first in a series of interviews where we introduce you to our members! To start off the series, SHCP met with Sammy Preston, the communications manager at The Office Space.
Let's begin with a short introduction. Could you please tell us what The Office Space is all about?
The Office Space delivers inspiring offices, meeting rooms and communal areas to support the endeavors of individuals through to small and established businesses. Very basically, we create aspirational workplaces to inspire our residents and impress their clients. We create intuitive work environments which are enhanced by architecture, design and art, bolstered by business support services, and activated through an engaging and informative program of events and activities.
We have two locations in Surry Hills – Paramount by The Office Space in the iconic, heritage listed former Paramount Pictures building, and our HQ Reservoir by The Office Space on Reservoir Street.
The Office Space was founded in 2003 and continues to lead the charge in the share office industry because of its unique and diverse offerings.
We consider ourselves to be more than just an office. We are place makers, motivated by elevating the experiences, professional development and image of all our residents. We achieve this through our investment in the style and culture within our spaces. These components are carefully curated to support and stimulate our residents and switch them on to creative and commercial insights, in turn revealing a world of new business opportunities.
You mentioned The Paramount building, which you just recently expanded into. How have the first few months been?
It’s been a very exciting time for the business - a second location and second office concept has been on the cards for The Office Space for sometime, and we have had a long love affair with the Paramount building. There is a great new energy within the business, and for those who are a part of our community. It’s been fantastic seeing the vision come to life, and welcoming new faces into the new office.
What other future plans do you have for The Office Space?
At the moment we are focusing on building out our event programming. It is a special part of The Office Space, for our residents to enjoy but also for the wider business community to experience and get to know The Office Space. This program includes our monthly panel series, ‘Insight by The Office Space’, which is held in partnership with the Golden Age Cinema. We also host monthly lunches with local restaurants, and a Friday night social series – which this month is a whisky master-class with our French friends and Le Baron des Spirits.
In the future we hope to look at new locations, and new work concepts. We’re watching the face of Sydney so rapidly changing through everything from new developments to road transformations. As the city changes, we’re always looking for exciting opportunities where we can bring The Office Space concept.
Why did you get involved with the SHCP?
We are as much invested in the business community that exists inside of our four walls, as we are in the community that surrounds us and the businesses existing in Surry Hills. So for that reason, being a part of SHCP was very important to us and we jumped at the chance. In collaboration with SHCP we have been able to broaden our business market concept, ‘Quadrangle’ into the greater, all encompassing Surry Hills market event, ‘Carousel.’
Which event are you looking forward to this year?
Looking forward to working with SHCP on our second edition of Carousel in November.
Let's finish off with a couple of questions about Surry Hills. If you could improve one thing about the area, what would it be?
As property values have risen exponentially, I think a lot of the earthiness or grit of Surry Hills has headed west. It would be amazing to be able to draw that back in to the area – artist run galleries and studios etc. I was reading about the Imperial Slacks collective that once upon a time inhabited a whole warehouse right near our offices. I can’t imagine that existing in Surry Hills now.
And the thing you would never want to change?
Probably the coffee options.
We thank the Office Space for taking the time. If you would like to find out more about them, visit theofficespace.com.au.
Keep an eye out for the next interview in a week!