CO-WORKING spaces are becoming an increasingly important sector of the real estate market and one pioneering company, Hub Australia, is on a mission to create a state-of-the-art home for small to large businesses to prosper and grow.
Hub Australia specialises in creating flexible workspaces that provide growing businesses with the resources and learning opportunities to scale their businesses for long term success. Founded by Australian entrepreneur, Brad Krauskopf, Hub strives to provide more than just a place of work, but a community that encourages collaboration, growth and entrepreneurship.
The company operates in 3 Australian cities, with facilities in Sydney and Adelaide, and more recently, Hub Southern Cross in Melbourne. The new location has tripled Hub’s footprint in the city, and occupies 3900sqm and 2 floors of the historic Mail Exchange building on the corner of Spencer and Bourke streets.
Providing space for up to 700 members, Hub Southern Cross has a variety of areas for 1 to 20-person teams that includes private offices, open plan dedicated and flexible seating, and for larger company members, bespoke spaces that can be customised to suit.
There are more than 20 differently styled bookable meeting spaces, ranging from a 2-person to 14-person cutting-edge boardroom with the latest technology presentation and conference facilities. Other key features onsite include a 400Mb internet connection, a 50+ seat café, a gym, bike parking, relaxation space, media room, hundreds of plants, a member gallery and an event space for up to 100 people.
For its building security and to control access into and around the various Hub facilities the company chose a keyless access control solution from SALTO Systems.
“The co-working market now has over 7000 players around the globe and is a fast growing business sector for SALTO worldwide so we’re delighted to have been chosen by Hub to provide access control for their new facility,” says Dennis Mavropoulos, SALTO’s channel manager.
“When they took the decision to upgrade from their previous proximity based system, they chose a SALTO solution due to our product range, along with the ability to work wire-free to secure more access points.”
More than 90 doors, including the main entrance door, as well as offices and meeting rooms, are now secured with products from SALTO’s standalone, battery-operated, XS4 family; including XS4 Mini, XS4 Locker Locks, XS4 2.0 wall readers; and GEO electronic cylinders. These control every aspect of access control, enabling Hub Southern Cross to add or delete access privileges simply and quickly.
According to Mel Dwyer, business development manager at local certified SALTO dealer Aus Lock & Safe Company, which carried out the installation and commissioning of the Hub Southern Cross building, when the Aus Lock & Safe team first got the call to come in and present SALTO to Hub Australia they loved it.
“They quickly saw its potential and when we explained how we could customize both door hardware and system software to exactly match their needs, they were sold,” Dwyer says. “They especially liked the compact size and design of the XS4 Mini handle set as they felt its fresh, modern look would work particularly well with the interior aesthetics of the building.
“Add to that the fact that the cost of going with SALTO for this project was approximately half that of a rival access control product and their choice made great financial sense, too. The installation went smoothly and we’re pleased to have another SALTO customer enjoying total control over their building security.”
Hub is very pleased with its new solution.
“We value the power and importance of growing businesses in our community and wanted to create an environment where they could work productively but securely on their endeavours,” says Hub Australia’s CEO and founder, Brad Krauskopf. “What we like about our new SALTO access system is the cost-effectiveness of the solution and the fact that it’s scalable, and can easily be expanded to meet any future growth needs we may have as and when required.”