City Bizhub planned
Visible progress will finally be made in Porirua’s city centre revitalisation this winter when a glamorous business hub opens at 4 Lydney Pl.
The old Pete’s Emporium building will be transformed into an open- plan two- storey Bizhub, where business people can meet and entertain clients.
Hotdesks, meeting rooms, a lounge and cafe will all be serviced by wireless and highspeed cable internet, and a fulltime manager will be in place to oversee the facility.
Business people will be able to purchase a membership for $200 to $300 a month to use the facility, and there will be casual rates for less frequent users.
Planning and design work worth $45,000 will be paid for by Porirua City Council, but the build will be funded by commercial partners, who so far include Whitireia, Massey University and the Porirua Chamber of Commerce.
The final cost of the fit-out will depend on the level of sponsorship, council planner Jason Harvey-Wills says.
Investors will get a range of benefits, potentially including naming rights, membership discounts or a permanent presence on-site.
By May the council hopes to get enough partners to start the renovation, and the facility should be open by August.
Mayor Nick Leggett says the Bizhub will respond to business needs in Porirua, where more than 2000 businesses are run out of people’s homes.
‘‘In 2011 we surveyed these and found that over 40 per cent wanted to use a Porirua-based facility or hub to meet co-workers, suppliers or customers,’’ Mr Leggett says.
‘‘It’s a good way to expand people’s creative processes and have some professional company that they might not have otherwise.’’
The building’s high- visibility location for people driving through Porirua or visiting the city on public transport should kick- start investment into another revitalisation project: A streamside plaza and new main street down Ferry Pl lined with shops and restaurants, Mr Leggett says.
‘‘It will bring activity and a bit of life into the area.’’
First look: Design work for a business hub at 4 Lydney Pl is under way by Porirua City Council. If enough investors are found by May, the Bizhub should be open by August.