Workshop17 opens at The Harrington in Cape Town CBD’s East City Precinct

Workshop17 opens at The Harrington in Cape Town CBD’s East City Precinct

The Harrington building on Harrington Street in Cape Town, where Workshop17 has opened its fourth coworking space in the Western Cape.

Workshop17 has opened a third coworking space in Cape Town, at The Harrington in the up-and-coming East City Precinct.

A state-of-the-art collaborative workspace in a key location, it provides 30 customisable private offices, hot-desking, dedicated workspaces, meeting and boardrooms with cutting-edge presentation and video conferencing equipment, a Bootlegger coffee corner, a kitchen, a lounge and breakaway spaces.

Workshop17’s newest address at The Harrington is in a landmark Cape Town building owned and completely redeveloped by Blend Property Group.

Darren Epstein, co-founder of the new Workshop17 space at The Harrington, says: “After spending 18 years running a property management business, it was clear that times had changed and companies were looking for more flexible options; smaller space, shorter terms and greater flexibility. The large floor plates offered by The Harrington lend themselves perfectly to creating this flexible space with all amenities on a single floor.”

The multi-tenanted retail and commercial building is set among street-side eateries, cafes and galleries in an area peppered with artisans, entrepreneurs and new entertainment and social venues. It features ground-floor retail, including Bootlegger Coffee Company and East City Cycles, and five floors of offices. Easily accessible and well served by commuter services, including the MyCiti bus stop, it also offers change rooms, shower facilities and bicycle storage.

Outside, the redeveloped The Harrington retains some elements of its well-recognised original façade with the addition of an eye-catching modern entrance and Art Deco detail that has become a symbol of the new energy and potential in this neighbourhood, which is experiencing a surge of regeneration.

Inside, the building features an art collection and installations in its foyer gallery, which is open around-the-clock and managed by OPEN24HRS. The artistic design extends throughout the building and into the Workshop17 space, which occupies one full floor.

Paul Keursten, chief executive and co-founder of Workshop17, says: “Each Workshop17 has its own distinct design inspired by its surroundings and community. At The Harrington, the buzz, bustle and creativity of the surrounding street life have been captured in an eclectic, cosmopolitan space.”

The Harrington is one of four Workshop17 locations in the region, which also includes The Watershed at the V&A Waterfront, Tabakhuis in Paarl, and its soon-to-open Kloof Street location.

It is the first of its seven locations countrywide to focus strongly on private offices. “This is in response to proven demand, with a growing waiting list for Workshop17 private offices in the city,” says Keursten.

“Old Mutual and Standard Bank both house innovation teams with us.”

Workshop17’s plug-and-play offices come complete with everything from desks and chairs to connectivity and on-site community managers. The flexibility make it easy for businesses to grow and shrink inside its space. It takes care of everything, enabling clients to focus on their business.

To foster a thriving community, Workshop17 connects members who can help each other grow and holds regular public events supporting entrepreneurship, learning and networking in various fields.

Workshop17 is 50% co-owned by JSE-listed property company Growthpoint Properties. Since its first coworking space opened in 2012, Workshop17 has grown into seven workspaces hosting over 2 000 members and 500 companies. More locations are in the pipeline, says Keursten.