CACHET NEWSLETTER Q3 2020
We have been busy over the last few months since our last update and despite different challenges, things continue to move forward positively.
As we work through the daily challenges that COVID-19 presents us all, I wanted to give you an update on how our industry is shifting and what Cachet is doing to give our clients confidence in an uncertain time.
Partnering with Workplace Strategy-led Tenant Representation firm Meta5 has enabled us to support our clients with comprehensive Australia and New Zealand market insights – covering workplace strategy and change management drivers, office leasing movement and opportunities, COVID-19 design trends and construction market shifts.
Based on these insights, many organisations are currently focused on their short-term needs of getting back to the office safely, but also their longer-term vision of what their office means to their organisation and the way their staff engage.
COVID-19 has allowed us to step back, both personally and professionally, to look at the bigger picture. Regularly reviewing what commercial property means to an organisation is an important step to ensure there is alignment with business goals into the future.
If you’d like to talk about your changing property needs, or find out what benchmarks are emerging across the industry, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Until then, stay safe, connected and well.
Specialists in communications infrastructure, BAI Communications is all about connecting people. Naturally BAI wanted their refurbished office space in Chatswood NSW to do just that – giving their teams a workspace that encourages cross-collaboration and interaction.
Cachet’s design transformed a very traditional office into a new open-plan environment that supports BAI’s fun and inclusive culture.
The centrepiece of the design, and the biggest transformation from the client’s perspective, was the opening up of the front of house. Reflecting BAI as a business, it creates a welcoming and inviting space with pops of vibrant colour throughout. This area was specifically designed to maximise views and natural light, while providing a functional and flexible space for functions and everyday collaboration.
For the back of house, extensive planning with the client allowed us to create a highly personalised space that suits the needs of different communities and teams – incorporating a mix of collaboration, open meeting and huddle spaces that are flexible and enjoyable for staff to use.
EYE ON THE FUTURE
Joseph Burke is one of our talented Project Managers who’s keeping our projects moving, despite the challenges of COVID-19.
How did you first get involved in commercial interiors?
My initial exposure was working as a junior architect in the UAE. My first project there was the Rolls Royce and BMW showroom in Abu Dhabi. It was a fantastic project to start with and I haven’t looked back!
What do you enjoy most about your role? I love the fast pace of the commercial fit out industry and it’s extremely rewarding to create spaces that allow people and companies to meet their full potential. I also enjoy working as part of a Design & Construction team as you get to be part of the design process from beginning to end. Handover day is a highlight!
What’s been the biggest challenge of being a Project Manager during COVID?
Getting a touchless thermometer when they were all sold out! And remembering not to shake hands with people.
What unexpected positives have come out of COVID? The team’s ability to work efficiently from home has been fantastic. It has also been great to see the uptake of the new software Cachet set up to manage internal process and communications. I can’t believe how smoothly everything is running.
What do you think is the key to a successful project? Confirming at the very outset what the priorities are for the client and ensuring those priorities are incorporated into the design, as well as the design team providing additional suggestions and options further client to increase their awareness of what is possible. Part of that is assessing and evaluating the client’s processes and creating a new workspace that can meet their requirements within the existing building infrastructure. It’s also critical to take the time at the beginning to make sure an accurate budget is set in accordance with the design.
What recent project are you particularly proud of and why? BAI Chatswood, which is the feature project in this newsletter. This project was handed over on time, on budget, and the client was extremely happy with the end result. It was the first large project I handed over with Cachet and it was a pleasure working with the design team on that one.
If you weren’t a project manager, what would you be doing? I would probably be a 3D visualisation draughtsman. I love using that type of software and it’s great seeing designs come to life before they’re built.