Amicus Interiors recently completed an office fitout project for The Good Guys’ new support centre at Essendon Fields, Victoria.

Amicus partnered with interior designers PTID to transform the workplace into a dynamic and collaborative space for employees in just nine weeks.

The brief for Amicus involved the consolidation of five sites into one central location to serve as a national operations centre for over 500 employees. Spread over 6,300 square metres, the area now provides a modern and open plan workspace for The Good Guys as it continues its growth and development.

Mr Andrew Holder, CEO of Amicus Interiors commented that the project offered a great opportunity to bring to life The Good Guys’ vision of a space designed to foster a sense of cultural alignment and greater interaction between staff while also maintaining the aesthetics as well as the budget.

The Good Guys spent two years working with key stakeholders and staff to develop the goals and objectives behind the move before choosing Amicus as a service provider that culturally and commercially aligned with the requirements.

Amicus’s quality of work has helped deliver a state-of-the-art facility that maintains The Good Guys’ desire for a modern, light and bright space with an understated feel, which has been achieved with the use of warm natural colours as well as industrial materials.

The office configuration allows for abundant natural light, with the floorplates designed to focus light to the centre of the building, flooding the open plan design with sunlight. The staff hubs are located around a central atrium, which adds to the collaborative style of working and a 'town square' centre piece functioning as a breakout space for the 500 personnel.

Peter Sinodinos, Group General Manager Retail Operations, The Good Guys observes that the fitout project has helped achieve a key objective of bringing everybody under the same roof where they could all work together.

The space has been designed to give staff an environment that is positive and exciting to work within, with key features of the new workspace including a green room, conference rooms, a larger purpose built kitchen and smaller kitchen facilities on every level that facilitate the ability to communicate, collaborate and work cross-functionally.

The Good Guys CEO Michael Ford adds that the environment is truly invigorating to be working in; he believes having more casual meetings in one of the staff hubs instead of a meeting room would serve the objective of bringing in a cultural change.

The new support office also includes purpose built 'Focus Rooms' throughout the building for the benefit of staff to conduct their personal business without having to leave the building.