08/12/2020 - 09:00

Hawaiian to shift to new office

08/12/2020 - 09:00

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After more than a decade at 235 St Georges Terrace, property group Hawaiian will shift to its new purpose-built CBD headquarters in early 2021.

Hawaiian is developing a new two-level, purpose-built workspace, comprising 900 square metres. Image: Cox Architecture

After more than a decade at 235 St Georges Terrace, property group Hawaiian will shift to its new purpose-built CBD headquarters in early 2021.  

Hawaiian is the owner of the Parmelia Hilton Hotel building, which is undergoing a $45 million refurbishment and is expected to reopen in February.

As part of that hotel revamp, Hawaiian has leveraged the development opportunity to create a new head office, demolishing a 1970s building adjacent to the hotel to make way for the construction of a two-level 900 square metre workplace.

The former building was previously leased to the Australian Institute of Fitness, with the new offices (now under construction) to feature a pedestrian bridge across Mercantile Lane, which will allow the public and Parmelia Hilton guests direct access to Westralia Square and Brookfield Place.

Hawaiian director and chief executive Russell Gibbs said the bridge would improve pedestrian access to the Esplanade Train Station and Elizabeth Quay.

“The bridge is all about connecting, it links the west-end of the Perth CBD to the new Parmelia Hilton Hotel to the entertainment and resources business hub of Brookfield Place,” Mr Gibbs said.

“When you’re travelling for business you really do want to be at the heart of everything – and you want to be close to your bed and this project delivers on that.” 

Hawaiian’s new offices were designed by Cox Architecture, with interiors by Hassell, with plans to build a tiered seating auditorium for staff meetings, training and events, as well as a full WiFi outdoor garden work zone.

Other proposed features include a skylight above the office’s central staircase, as well as a cafe that will open onto a private access laneway off Mercantile Lane, which the business hopes to later activate as a public space.

Mr Gibbs said Hawaiian’s new office aimed to celebrate the modern workplace, offering a mix of working areas: collaboration zones; private areas; and the option to work from a green (garden) office.

“Our view is that the office is the best place to create, collaborate and consult,” he said.

“The office is the best place to build a business’s culture.”

“Our staff can work from the cafe or from the upstairs open outside area or from their own sit-stand desks, it’s all about options for working at your optimum.”

Hawaiian anticipates it will move staff to the new space at 177 St Georges Terrace in March next year, freeing-up its current 1,130sqm office on the ground floor at 235 St Georges Terrace.

The 235 St Georges Terrace building is co-owned by Hawaiian and Brookfield Properties, with the groups jointly developing the property in 2009.

Hawaiian said it was the first commercial office building in Western Australia to receive a Five-Star Green Star office design rating and is now seeking a long-term tenant for the ground floor space.

The office building is home to several businesses including KPMG, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA as well as international gold producer Gold Fields, which recently signed a 10-year lease.

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