The West End Magazine Online – Flight Centre Global HQ

Published online at: http://www.westendmagazine.com/headquarters-opening-soon/ 

The Flight Centre Travel Group (FLT) Global Headquarters at South Bank’s Emporium is due to launch at the end of October 2016.

After years of design and preparation, the anticipation will soon be over with the world-class facilities at the Southpoint development opening in a matter of weeks.

The Headquarters will give team members a unique, modern open-plan commercial office space including a roof top cafeteria and bar, along with exclusive use of Wellness and Gymnasium and End of Trip facilities. FLT chief operating officer Melanie Waters-Ryan said the company’s new headquarters would eventually house close to 2000 people.

“Our aim is to consolidate our Brisbane city head office operations, which are currently divided between leased properties at 545 Queen Street and 316 Adelaide Street,” Ms Waters-Ryan said.

Flight Centre Travel Group will be the sole commercial tenant for the building, allowing the base of the global company to make the space its own. Each floor will be themed around a different aspect of travel, providing inspiration for staff within the business.

Meeting rooms and quiet rooms will be designed to replicate plane cockpits, London buses, cruise ships, boats, beach huts and more, providing an engaging workplace for staff that encourages innovation, motivation and enthusiasm.

“Southpoint has great appeal from many perspectives and we look forward to relocating to our new corporate headquarters when our current leases expire in 2016,” Ms Walters-Ryan said.

The primary circulation spaces include sculptural stairs and a slide connecting the floors to activate the core of the building. The ‘Campus Style’ open-plan layout aims to encourage easy adaptation and collaboration between the various divisions of the company. Along with numerous breakout spaces, this design creates a vibrant and cohesive working community that fosters greater teamwork between company teams, according to Ms Walters-Ryan. Communal spaces such as the cafe, social hub spaces and meeting rooms are concentrated around the edge of the facilities. This will create a high level of transparency and visual connectivity.

Environmentally sustainable design initiatives will create a work environment that maximises both staff comfort and operational efficiency. With a five-star Green Star rating for design from the Green Building Council, the 1700 square metre headquarters will have direct access to the upgraded South Bank train station and Southpoint’s new retail and dining precinct.

Areas of the building will be open 24 hours a day, allowing for extended trading and business hours. Located in the heart of Brisbane’s cultural and lifestyle precinct, the Global HQ will have 360 degree views of South Bank’s scenery, along with easy access to South Bank Parklands and the retail and dining facilities in the area.

Externally, the visually striking feature facade of the building has been specifically designed to reflect the movement and play of the sunlight mirrored off the Brisbane River over the course of the day. The building’s visual appeal will add another innovative dimension to the architecture of the South Bank streets.

Worsds by Meg Gillespie | Images supplied by Anthony John Group

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