The Hive will be in Abbotsford at 222 Hoddle Street in mid-2023 when the development is complete. Image: Supplied.
  • The development is expected to be completed in mid-2023
  • To be anchored by The Hive
  • Located down the road from The Hive Collingwood

A $70 million Abbotsford development will soon become home to The Hive, a co-working space operator which recently merged with Common Ground and The Cluster to form The Flexi Group.

Victorian developer Hirsch & Faigan secured The Hive to anchor its North Helm office building, located at 222 Hoddle Street, Abbotsford, in Melbourne’s inner east and about one kilometre north of The Hive Collingwood.

The property is the third Australian property for The Flexi Group following the aforementioned Hive Collingwood and The Cluster, in Melbourne’s CBD.

The Hive has signed a 15 year lease for 2,285 square metres of the development which has been specifically designed to deliver a flexible office environment through co-working spaces, fully customisable offices, and private terraces.

North Helm is expected to become a Five-Start Green Star rated office, comprising 7,350 square metres of net lettable area across 10 storeys.

222 Hoddle is currently under construction with the project scheduled for completion in June 2023.

The Hive recently merged with Common Ground and The Cluster, forming The Flexi Group. Image: Supplied.

“We are excited to have partnered with Hirsch & Faigen to establish our third coworking space in Australia at a development that aligns with our principles of creating modern, sustainable workplaces where businesses can thrive,” said Flexi Group CEO, Chris Edwards.

“The Australian market, and particularly Melbourne where we have an established footprint, is primed for further growth in the coworking space as businesses adapt to an increasingly dynamic environment where flexibility has become critical to growth.

“222 Hoddle is a quality development in a prime location that delivers on the high levels of sustainability we seek in each of our coworking spaces.”

The North Helm development is expected to be completed in mid-2023. Image: Supplied.

The 222 Hoddle Street property was designed by Architectus, with Hirsch & Faigan delivering a brief to create a project that drew inspiration from local heritage warehouses:

“222 Hoddle Street is specifically designed for forward-thinking tenants by providing flexible workspaces that can be readily adapted for a wide range of industries while providing premium offices that are mindful of health, wellness and sustainability,” said Hirsch & Faigen’s Principal, Ben Hirsch.

“The prime city fringe location in Abbotsford is close to cafés, bars, restaurants, and other amenities, and within walking distance of transport routes and bike lanes. This delivers 222 Hoddle a near perfect Walkscore of 95 out of 100, metrics which were among the many factors that appealed to the Hive and its commitment to its newest coworking space for the Australian market.”

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