One local developer plans to introduce a new type of private amenity space to all of its future residential redevelopments in Metro Vancouver, and it will begin with Park George.
Following growing remote work trends, particularly for those employed in the region’s growing tech industry, Concord Pacific is adding a significant co-working space element to its upcoming Surrey development, located near SkyTrain’s King George Station.
Park George will have 5,000-sq-ft of ‘Campus’ co-working space — a 24/7 work lounge within the base of one of the towers. Features that make this a workable environment for business include alcove pod working areas, lounges, boardroom, video conference capabilities, and Wi-Fi.
“It is a bit like a We Work hub in a way,” Peter Webb, the senior vice-president of development for Concord Pacific, told Daily Hive. “If you’re actually trying to present yourself or pitch a client, you can at your own home go downstairs into the boardroom and video conference your client or have guests meet you there in a professional environment.
“One of the difficulties I think people have with working from home is when they need to communicate in ways beyond going electronically. When they’re having meetings with customers or even other business associates to advance the project itself, they typically need to meet in places like Starbucks or other casual coffee locations with Wi-Fi so that they can have meetings. It is very good, but it has its limitations and is a little unprofessional in some cases.”
Dvir Guetta, a Park George buyer and software engineer who often works remotely, says the development’s tech-forward environment will help him increase business opportunities and productivity.
“For entrepreneurs it is a big advantage, as at the cost of living they also get a working space in the highest professional standard for free. That could be a big factor in their business’s success as they could invest in other needs rather than an expensive office rent,” said Guetta.
“Co-working spaces are becoming a social trend that people want to be part of. Different researches and reports show that the Generation Z prioritize the pursuit of passion in a career and exhibit caution in balancing their personal and professional lives.”
Altogether, Webb went on to describe this new amenity concept of a live-work solution as a “sustainable approach to lifestyle” that has a “lower carbon footprint as a result of not even travelling in your car or even transit to go to an office.”
The Campus is a part of the ‘Circle’ of amenities that are provided at Park George, which also entails an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, indoor swimming pool, tennis court, games and billiard rooms, fitness gym, virtual spin, spa and yoga, massage room, children’s playground, pet grooming room, and a putting green.
There is even a one-of-a-kind giant LED movie screen wall that allows the pool cabana area to double as a theatre screening amenity.
Designed by DYS Architecture, Park George entails two towers — 39 storeys and 36 storeys — with a total of 676 homes. The first tower is scheduled for a 2022 completion.