After earning our stripes on Nextt’s Geelong requirements, BRM Projects were re-engaged to guide the head office relocation. But trouble was brewing.
Nextt’s head office was in Richmond, and we had already dipped a toe in the market the previous year with a local search in Richmond and St Kilda Road. But our advice to Nextt was to consider the CBD with higher vacancies, larger incentives and more commercial buildings, as well as better amenities and access for staff.
Rod Collins, the newly appointed CEO, had plans for Nextt’s growth and becoming an employer of choice, which was in line with our accommodation suggestion for relocating to the CBD. The project was about to flourish with renewed direction and energy. Except near the end of a wildly successful meeting, Rod pushed a letter across the desk and casually asked, “So what’s this all about?”
A notice from the landlord for a return of the tenancy, due to a building refurbishment. In two months!
Rod’s instructions were clear.
“Get us out of here. Fast.”
So we rolled up our sleeves and fast-tracked the spatial analysis, search brief and property inspections. Which led to a couple of front-runners and a Heads of Agreement at 520 Collins Street. The building had good presence, a generous incentive along with rental in line with the market, an existing fitout shell we could improve on, strong natural light, decent views and a landlord keen to work with us.
Fast-tracking meant overlapping the search phase with the design so BRM Projects ran the end of the search in parallel with development of layouts, interiors, acoustics, furniture, ergonomics, budgets, builders and of course wrestling with Telstra (which is a national pass-time in Australia). All on a fast-tracked timeline without contingency (which is akin to a trapeze act without the safety net). BRM Projects also selected the best existing furniture and re-used the new premises fitout, to bring the fitout scope and budget well under the incentive.
Following defects and handover in the morning, we sprinted up Collins Street to the new landlord with a bank-cheque written that morning, whilst the removalist trucks approached the 520 Collins Street loading bay. With the last truck empty and IT setup, the old premises furniture extraction swung into action followed by a clear out, final clean and successful handover of the old premises back to the landlord. The staff started work on Monday in the new office with a brief unpack and quickly settled into routine, none the wiser.
“BRM Projects’ accommodation strategy was flawless. I love the design and how we have given something back to our staff. I was impressed with BRM Projects – nothing was too hard, everything ran smoothly and that meant we could focus on our business.”
Speaking of giving back, BRM Projects also gave the remaining incentive back to Nextt Health by delivering below the agreed budget. On time. Meaning a FREE PROJECT.