The Junction – transforming Guelph’s business landscape

Granite Homes brings a historic building to life and offers small businesses and entrepreneurs stunning offices, co-working spaces and amenities

It would be an understatement to say technology and social media are influencing how we work and do business today. Modern freelancers, small businesses, remote workers and independent professionals take a more flexible approach to how they work.

Nowhere is that more evident than with co-working spaces, an innovative and economical new mode of working that lets entrepreneurs and contract workers share office amenities and equipment, ideas and knowledge. Just ask Harvard Business Review, which chronicled how well employees thrive who work in them. Generally, it found those who work together in shared office settings prosper because they feel more in control of their jobs, find their work more meaningful and feel more connected to the wider business community.

This business model is what’s behind The Junction, Guelph’s latest contribution to the city’s vibrant entrepreneurial scene. The Junction brings a unique opportunity to Guelph businesses and start-ups as well as the community. It’s a place that will offer and encourage creativity, new ideas and will pay homage to Guelph’s beautiful past.

The development, which when completed in 2019 will include 45,000-square-feet of mixed-use commercial space housed in three buildings, is completing its second phase and will be ready for tenants this fall. This Edinburgh Road building includes a beautifully designed two-storey yellow brick, warehouse-style structure, which comprises 17,000-square-feet, half of which is geared to co-working space.

“It will give entrepreneurs a great space to work and meet like-minded people,” explains Mike Taylor, VP of business development for the Guelph-based builder, Granite Homes. “A big benefit of a co-working space is the minimal leasing commitment (six months) so companies can take additional space as they grow. Also everything is looked after so entrepreneurs can focus on their business versus operating an office.”

The space is called Platform @ The Junction and was designed for Guelph’s burgeoning business community, particularly those in creative, tech and professional livelihoods. Ideal for start-ups and young businesses, co-working allows entrepreneurs to really pursue their business interests instead of worrying and wondering about the minutiae of running an office.

Platform @ The Junction offers 36 private offices, each outfitted with a full suite of designer furniture, high-speed Internet, a sizable lounge area, complimentary coffee bar, and car-charging station, as well as two boardrooms and a kitchen. The space’s eclectic, yet modern interior with polished concrete floors, exposed ductwork and stylized lighting and furniture, fits the Platform’s industrial theme and adds to the building’s appeal.

There is plenty of parking available for both vehicles and bikes. Situated on one of Guelph’s main roads, the building garners high visibility. It’s also close to highways, the downtown, city transit, the University of Guelph, restaurants and coffee shops, parks and shopping. Leases begin at $650 per month. For full amenity listings and to view an interactive office map, visit platform.guelphjunction.ca.

Granite Homes liked The Junction so much they decided to make it their headquarters in 2016 after completing their first project on the site, the restoration of a mid-century CN Rail building. The Platform @ The Junction is the second phase of the project, and a third phase – featuring retail space and offices – is being planned for 2019.

Visit www.guelphjunction.ca for more information.