SA-born entrepreneur Shane Hryhorec has successfully turned his vision of a co-working and community space specifically for people with disabilities into reality – and all eyes are now on the South Australian venture for setting the benchmark.
The passionate local advocate for people with disabilities has transformed a Port Adelaide building into a national first that sets the gold standard for accessibility and inclusiveness – and the tell-tale signs start with a lack of curb outside on the street right through to signage that includes braille for those who are blind or with visual impairments.
“All too often I hear stories of people having difficulty when it comes to accessing buildings, transport and services, which can sadly lead to people becoming isolated because they feel it’s just too hard to try and navigate these overwhelming obstacles,” Mr Hryhorec said.
“I wanted to create a space truly suited for people with disabilities, designed for their needs in mind, close to convenient transport options, and within easy reach of the city and broader metropolitan area, so we transformed our Marryatt Street building into something truly special that offers collaborative spaces and a sense of community unlike anything I have ever experienced,” he said.
From station-desks to full suite leases, co-able is perfect for sole traders and small businesses with 1-15 staff who want to surround themselves with creativeness and energy, or professionals in the disability sector looking for a commercial space that offers a dynamic and inclusive co-working environment.
The centrepiece of co-able is a welcoming open-plan communal café and dining area called ‘The Noshery’, while a modern boardroom, and functional single bathrooms are also on offer. Wide doorways and hallways provide plenty of room, lowered benchtops, appliances and furniture are installed, and non-slip surfaces feature throughout. Tactile floor pads in key locations bolster the safe and easy mobility experience.
State Manager of Push Mobility, Grant Allen, is one of the building’s first tenants and says the innovative co-able concept is sure to spark significant local and interstate interest from Allied Health workers and disability sector organisations because it takes accessibility to a new level of experience.
“There are about 200,000 registered allied health professionals across Australia, and they need to provide a venue that offers easy, safe access and a positive client experience. Word is quickly spreading that co-able is a warm and vibrant space that ticks all of those boxes and so much more,” Grant says.
The hub offers suites that are ideal for teams of up to 10 people, single rooms for up to a small team of three, and a co-working space which is perfect for sole traders and small business owners looking for a quiet and calm environment to work.
“We see co-able at Port Adelaide as the first of many health and wellness destinations across the nation, and as a South Australian I have been proud to play a role in bringing this innovative Australian-first to my hometown for people in the local community to use and enjoy,” Mr Hryhorec said.
More about co-able can be found at https://coable.com.au/space-for-lease/