Level 4, 360 Collins Street, Melbourne
The move from their suburban office to a new location in the heart of Melbourne’s CDB gave global specialists in identity data intelligence GBG (formerly Dectech) the opportunity to make some major upgrades to their workspace. GBG’s vision was to bring their Property Objective to life by creating an environment that would enhance their strategy and encourage their employees to be the best and most engaged people within the industry. The brief to fitout specialists McCormack and designers Studio 103 was to design and construct a fun, vibrant, colourful, inviting environment that made the most of the natural light on both sides of the tenancy, and was based around the colours within GBG’s ‘People Plan’ – the heart of their business strategy.
With GBG’s main contact located in London, project management experts McCormack overcame the difficulty of cross-continental communication by initiating regularly scheduled conference calls. This would ensure the design phase was executed with precision before the construction stage was implemented. Studio 103 and McCormack worked closely with GBG to bring to life their People Plan into a highly colourful, dynamic office design, delivering one of the most inspiring fitouts McCormack has worked on.
The main entrance of GBG’s new offices deliver a spacious reception and waiting area providing an immediate “wow” factor using the strong primary colours of the GBG brand – red, grey, black and white. Diamond gloss laminate hinting at Carrara marble ensures the reception desk provides that exciting first impression. Adjacent to the reception area are a spacious boardroom, and two formal meeting spaces, one of which makes the most of the Collins Street view for waiting visitors. A secure entry point leads into the large breakout space that assertively incorporates the secondary colours of GBG’s brand into the fittings. The area offers a generous selection of seating along with a table tennis table set against a bold graffiti mural in the back corner. The kitchen is roomy and functional and a large central island bench allows for high traffic at break times.
From the breakout area, the large open plan workspace is surrounded by a meeting rooms and collaborative spaces. Visual management at the open collaboration zone using high tables and a generous booth for large informal meetings gives the space an informal feel and breaks up the repetitiveness of the workstations.
The overall design of the fit out utilises maximum natural light with warm, classic textures of oak timber enhancing the GBG brand colours. Coloured carpet tiles create zoned areas and smartly polished concrete in the breakout zone helps to transition the space between reception and the workspace.
“Running these projects as part of a global team is never easy; you want global consistency but a local flavour, and working with design dan build teams across big time zone differences can present its challenges. Overall, I enjoyed working with McCormack and couldn’t be more delighted with the results delivered. Thank you.” – James Miller, Chief People Officer, GBG