Making a place for people
We wanted to ensure staff felt comfortable and connected while in the workplace, and importantly, that the space promoted a sense of wellbeing and positivity. This meant integrating plenty of natural light, subtle materials and colours, and a range of spaces that could accommodate different types of work and collaboration. To that end, the layout features expansive views across Brisbane from all areas of the floorplate, while the arrival area is warm and light-filled, with earthy tones applied throughout.
Flexibility: the key to productivity
Back of house meeting rooms were designed with complete flexibility in mind, enabling staff to manipulate a meeting space as they needed to make it their own. The technology integrated throughout all meeting rooms allows in-office staff to connect seamlessly with colleagues and clients wherever they are.
The ‘working hub’ supports several workstyles – from focus, to process to collaboration – with powered sit-stand workstations providing ergonomic comfort to users. Touchdown points are in close proximity to the work areas, providing staff with additional areas for collaboration. These are complemented by booths, which are equipped with power and appropriate connectivity.
Enabling social connection and interaction
Design of the kitchen breakout area was a pivotal part of the design brief, with the solution focused on functionality and flexibility. Ample space and flexible seating options facilitate large group meetings, such as town hall forums, while seamless access to the existing balcony ensures abundant natural light and fresh air. The space is a true hero element of the design.
Thinking laterally to overcome challenges
At the outset, the CEFC requested a design and delivery partner who could provide full design and construction management consultancy throughout the life of the project, and our approach ensured any problems were overcome quickly and effectively – including the delayed FFE delivery, where we identified and provided suitable temporary furniture solutions in the interim.
Sustainable at the centre
Where ‘new’ materials were required, they were considered with a strong recyclable focus. Carpets are made from recycled fishing nets, the reception and kitchen breakout use sustainable cork flooring, and low VOC paints are applied throughout. These elements all reflect the strength of the CEFC commitment to reduce its carbon footprint.
Each of our projects places trust and relationship building at the core, and throughout the project we encouraged and empowered the CEFC team to think differently and question what they wanted. They were guided by us right through the process, creating a distinctly better outcome that demonstrates the critical importance of mutual respect and understanding in any project.