The concept of co-working and sharing a workspace with other businesses or individuals has rapidly grown in popularity over recent years. This trend, aligned with the huge growth in the contingent workforce of self-employed specialists and part-time consultants, has contributed to the demand for flexible workspace. But of particular interest is the huge growth of such space in the suburbs where, proportionately, we are seeing double the growth in demand than in the key cities.
The traditional worker has evolved; we now find that workers are increasingly reticent to travel far, with many choosing to work at a co-working centre closer to home. Many of these spaces are well designed, collaborative and friendly – an antidote to many of the sterile corporate environments that still dominate the central urban areas.