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Australian Workplace Development design by Conrad Gargett Riddel Ancher Mortlock Woolley (CGRAMW)

13 Aug 2014

Design: Conrad Gargett Riddel Ancher Mortlock Woolley (CGRAMW)

Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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Conrad Gargett Riddel Ancher Mortlock Woolley (CGRAMW) has designed the new Brisbane office for leading audit, tax and advisory firm, BDO, showcasing the importance of design in facilitating a positive organisational culture.

BDO Office in Brisbane, Queensland

BDO Office in Brisbane, QLD

Staying true to BDO’s work culture and brand, CGRAMW has created people-focused spaces that embrace contemporary workplace needs, without being dictated by current trends.

The practice collaborated with workplace culture and behavioural experts, Performance Frontiers to engage in vision workshops with BDO leaders and team members on how the Brisbane firm would work both now and in the future.

BDO Workplace

The collaborative briefing process involved CGRAMW sharing its workplace design knowledge and research into current trends while Performance Frontiers offered insights from the perspectives of neuroscience and workplace behavior.

BDO Workplace

“We researched and presented a number of workplace models to ensure the design would be the right cultural fit for BDO in Brisbane,” said Yvonne Rantzen, Senior Associate, CGRAMW.

“The design offers the best of both worlds. It is open plan with a variety of flexible workspaces to promote collaboration, communication and creativity. Everyone has their own desk as well as a rich variety of formal and informal technology enabled spaces in which to work.”

According to Performance Frontiers Managing Director, Gretel Bakker, culture is incredibly important to the success of businesses.

BDO Workplace

“People are your business. How we engage with our people and inspire and influence them to consistently be productive, effective and happy is something that needs an enormous amount of attention and should certainly be catered for in workplace design,” Ms Bakker said.

“We take the insights from neuroscience about how the brain works to assist architects in designing workplaces that enable individuals and teams to work at their best.”

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The public spaces have been designed specifically for the client, with an elegant and sophisticated aesthetic, relaxed hotel-style waiting area, and a range of furniture settings and textures in formal meeting rooms that can be ‘matched’ to meeting requirements.

Meeting rooms are also technology rich to foster increased collaboration and communication with clients and between BDO’s offices nationally.

BDO Workplace

BDO in Brisbane Managing Partner Tony Schiffmann said the success of the design is obvious to all who visit and work in the new premises.

“We worked hard to engage our leaders and people during the entire design process so we could continually incorporate their feedback,” Mr Schiffmann said.

“This means we got exactly what we wanted in our new offices and saw us invest in the needs of the business in such a way that we are comfortable now and will be well into the foreseeable future.”

BDO Workplace

“Importantly, this has been reflected in overwhelmingly positive feedback from all of our stakeholder groups, including our clients, staff and visitors to our events.”

Designer Statement
BDO’s new Brisbane office is a 6000 sqm fitout that occupies six levels of ‘the Blue Tower’ at 12 Creek Street and accommodates 450 staff.

BDO Workplace

Through an extensive briefing process CGRAMW examined the workstyles of BDO to understand how the new workplace could support their organisational culture. In conjunction with workplace culture experts Performance Frontiers, CGRAMW ran aesthetic briefing and vision workshops with BDO executives and team members to understand how they would work both now, and into the future.

This workshop process established that BDO’s current workplace did not reflect the BDO brand, with inflexibility of built-up space restricting access to light and views. The design inhibited collaboration and the ability for teams to grow and change.

The new workplace features a public floor for formal client interface, including reception, a suite of meeting rooms and flexible training rooms. The reception area focuses on heightening the client experience by revealing spectacular framed views through a sculptural timber portal. A refined palette of materials, textures and colours create a domestic feel for the comfort of clients while reflecting the BDO corporate brand.

Typical floors were designed with a reduction in private offices to increase communication, natural light access, efficiency and collaboration in the new office. A focused zone of built environment around the core and western facade includes all the fixed, built-in facilities such as offices, meeting rooms, shared quiet spaces, utilities and staff kitchens. Shared breakout spaces are positioned to take advantages of the best views towards the Brisbane River, and each level has been given its own identity which has been expressed through different finishes and furnishings.

Photography: Alicia Taylor

BDO Workplace

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