Co-working in Rosebank
While good coffee, a plug point and a stable wifi connection is enough for most people to turn any busy coffee shop into an office for the day, renting a desk at a co-working space is the smarter way to work.
Offering conveniences like meeting rooms, printing facilities and private areas for conference calling plus the option of someone to chat with by the water cooler, co-working offices have boomed in recent years. In the pandemic era co-working spaces are also becoming popular with companies who are downsizing and want something more flexible than a classic office rental.
Rosebank has a great variety of co-working options. Here’s a look at where you can rent a desk in our neighbourhood.
Perch Flexible Office Space
Where: 37 Bath Ave, Rosebank
Describing itself as ‘like gym for people who need to work’, Perch offers desk rentals by the day, week or month, complemented by access to fully-equipped meeting rooms, team booths, lounges and other private breakaway areas. The decor and design is bright, light and contemporary endowed with funky yet comfortable furniture and artworks by top local artists hanging on the walls. For coffee or lunch there’s a coffee bar with a choice of snacks and an order-in lunch menu.
Find out more: perchoffices.co.za
Where: Rosebank Link, 173 Oxford Rd, Rosebank
The American co-working giant WeWork opened its first Joburg offices in Rosebank in 2019 at the landmark Rosebank Link building opposite the Gautrain station. Spread over six floors WeWork Rosebank has lots of small private offices for small companies as well as dedicated desks and hot desks, all with access to the WeWork community areas. Among the perks of joining up to become a WeWork ‘member’ is access to WeWork facilities in other cities (WeWork has more then 280 offices across the world), access to the WeWork global social network and endless free barista-made coffees.
Find out more at wework.com.
Where: Firestation Rosebank (16 Baker St) and The Bank (cnr Tyrwhitt and Cradock Ave)
This chic South African co-working brand has two locations in Rosebank, as well as a Sandton branch and four offices in Cape Town. Workshop 17 runs on a flexible membership model meaning members can make use of any of the Workshop 17 spaces. Pay per day, become a full member or buy a package of days to use as and when you need them. Their first Rosebank branch is located at Firestation Rosebank and boasts spectacular views from a rooftop terrace, as well as its own grab-and-go cafe. The second Workshop 17 offices are at the new The Bank building at the corner of Tyrwhitt and Cradock Avenues. Workshop 17 occupies two floors of the building, which is also home to the new voco Hotel The Bank and the popular Proud Mary restaurant and coffee bar.
Find out more at workshop17.co.za.
Where: Keyes Art Mile, 21 Keys Ave, Rosebank
This super-stylish member’s club in Keyes Art Mile is an exclusive work and play space for budding and established entrepreneurs. Designed for both working and networking it has a mix of public and private areas, small office spaces, meeting rooms and hot-desking facilities, as well as a screening room, member’s lounge bar and dining area and the adjoining Mix cocktail bar (which is open to the public in the evenings). With Keyes Art Mile being a centre for art and design, the space is designed around an outstanding art collection featuring works by prominent contemporary artists. Members also get reciprocal membership at other exclusive clubs around the world and invitations to social member’s events.
Find out more at meshclub.co.za.
Where: The Firs, cnr Cradock and Biermann Aves, Rosebank
The global Regus office rental company offers flexible workspace and hot desk rentals across South Africa. In Rosebank Regus has co-working hot desks and small office rentals based in upmarket The Firs centre. There’s a choice of 69 private offices as well as 6 co-working desks and 3 meeting rooms. Meeting rooms are available for rental by the hour while for small offices there are flexible rental packages. Those looking to rent a co-working desk can become a member and get access to Regus’s huge choice of desks at buildings across the country and book their chosen hot desk for the day via the Regus app.
Find out more at regus.com.