New beginning: Pollinators Inc executive officer Andrew Outhwaite outside Swansea House with concept plans for CityHive II.
New beginning: Pollinators Inc executive officer Andrew Outhwaite outside Swansea House with concept plans for CityHive II.

CityHive II is set to open in Geraldton’s West End early next year.

‘Swansea House’, located at 184 Marine Tce, will be the home of Pollinators Inc’s latest social enterprise.

Architects are currently finalising CityHive II’s design, with renovations and fit-out will to commence later this year.

Executive officer Andrew Outhwaite said it was hard to overstate the value of CityHive II in a city full of closed offices.

“There is no physical space in the CBD owned and loved by the community,” he said.

“There are no ‘third spaces’, where there is a mix of community and business, personal and professional.”

With 400sqm over two-storeys, CityHive II will include a shop front, five offices for small teams, 20 co-working spaces and space for layout, meetings and workshops.

Previously a bike shop, butcher and guesthouse, CityHive II’s opening will see the building come to life after being empty for about a decade.

Mr Outhwaite said he supported the City of Greater Geraldton’s policy trying to increase the occupancy of empty buildings in the CBD and reviewed more than 10 sites before locking in plans.

“We were originally interested in Swansea House and after auditing every available space based on owners, space and lease, this building stood out even more,” he said.

In line with the original CityHive model, Mr Outhwaite said CityHive II would be focused on sustainability, innovation and collaboration.

In the lead-up to City Hive II’s opening, Pollinators Inc will co-ordinate a laneway festival in Swansea Lane.

Launching in October, the nine-month event will feature gardens, markets, pop-up shops and street art.

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