Deloitte to take over all the co-working office space in old Tom Lee building

Jan 16 2019, 7:31 pm

Consulting and financial services giant Deloitte will be the sole tenant of Spaces’ new co-working space within the old Tom Lee building at 919 Granville Street in downtown Vancouver.

The Amsterdam-based co-working space company announced today that the firm will take up the recently renovated Tom Lee building as its temporary local office.

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Renovations are being made to the old Tom Lee Music building in downtown Vancouver for Spaces. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

This is a significant space that could provide a much-needed boost for the Granville Entertainment District. Spaces has 70,000-sq-ft of space within the 1927-built, six-storey building, which includes all of the upper floors and 2,000-sq-ft of ground-level retail space that will be used as a lobby and cafeteria area.

Ground-floor retail space unused by Spaces has been leased to other tenants.

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Artistic rendering of the interior of Spaces at 919 Granville Street, Vancouver. (Spaces)

“We are proud to collaborate with Deloitte as they continue to lead in reimagining the workplace with their national strategy to build unique destinations that foster innovation,” said Wayne Berger, CEO of IWG Canada and Latin America, which owns Spaces, in a statement.

“There is a revolution happening in the way people work, and we are supporting enterprises like Deloitte to achieve their new workspace vision. Today’s news that Deloitte will become our sole tenant in Spaces Granville is further proof that some of the world’s leading companies are redefining the world of work at a growing rate.”

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Artistic rendering of the interior of Spaces at 919 Granville Street, Vancouver. (Spaces)

Deloitte’s Vancouver office is expected to remain at the location until around 2020, when its new permanent headquarters at Westbank’s new 400 West Georgia Street office tower opens. The firm will occupy about 117,000-sq-ft of space within the top 10 floors of the 24-storey tower, which will also be home to an Apple corporate office and a 120,000-sq-ft Spaces co-working office.

The company’s local offices are currently located in Four Bentall Centre at 1055 Dunsmuir Street.

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Artistic rendering of the interior of Spaces at 919 Granville Street, Vancouver. (Spaces)

“This move to Spaces Granville—a ‘non-traditional’ location for a professional services firm—is a milestone in our journey and commitment to flexibility, collaboration and innovation for our people and clients,” said Etienne Bruson, Managing Partner, British Columbia at Deloitte Canada.

“It’s an exciting move for us at a time of significant growth and change. Spaces provided a unique environment and the flexibility to work with our evolving needs and timelines.”

Spaces recently opened its first Vancouver location within a 35,000-sq-ft space at 151 West Hastings Street, and it also plans to open a 40,000-sq-ft location within the new South Flatz tech building in the False Creek Flats.

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