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You'd think we would learn. Commercial
buildings and fitouts are the biggest single
investment most businesses will make,
yet all too often it goes wrong!
We've seen it all before -- new buildings that just
don't work, office design that's dysfunctional
or uncomfortable, showrooms that don't invite
ankfully, design disasters are not as common
as they used to be. According to the leaders in
WA's commercial design industry, businesses are
getting smarter and understanding the merit of
investing money and time in the right design and
the right designers.
e reasons are simple. Even in the best of
times, the penalty for poor planning and design
and inadequate stakeholder analysis is a heavy
one: lost business, poor staff retention and higher
operating costs -- the list goes on. And there is no
easy fix. Welcome to the nightmare!
But in Western Australia, poor design will be
even more devastating to the commercial bottom
line. Why? Because in about 18 months' time,
WA businesses will once again face the "perfect
storm" of a booming oil, gas and mining industry.
e competition for staff and the top 10 percent of
the consumer market will be fierce, so it follows
that building design and the work environment
will be big factors in winning and retaining staff.
Offices, retail, hospitality and institutions will
all be equally affected. As the big money returns
and WA matures, cashed up consumers and
international workers will demand a higher level
of design. Once again, innovation and creativity
will be defining success factors for WA businesses.
As the resource industry has protected WA from
the worst of the GFC and is now fuelling a strong
and long-term recovery, healthy budgets have
continued to provide local operators with the
design scope and invaluable experience they need
to compete. Meanwhile, national and international
designers are increasing their interest and activity
in this great state.
So the future for design in WA looks bright.
e important thing is not to get left behind, and
to make your investment the right one, at the right
time. Feedback indicates that smart businesses
are already planning to bring forward commercial
investments before costs once again escalate to
We hope you enjoy this edition of WA's Best
Commercial Designs. Intended for anyone looking
to build or redesign a commercial space, it looks at
the best in local and international design, and tells
you what you need to know about sustainability.
Most importantly, it profiles the portfolios of the
commercial designers, builders and suppliers who
are literally shaping the future of this great state.
Enjoy and good luck!
Managing Director, Scoop Publishing
This time last year, I was in cold, wet, dark
London. I may be biased, but the city has
few redeeming features in the winter,
especially when you're a Perth girl through and
through and you know exactly what type of
weather your friends and family are experiencing
To make matters worse, the much-maligned
"GFC" had just hit and the Brits were feeling the
pinch. Jobs were scarce and we all held our breath
as the country tightened its collective belt.
After a few months, I returned home to "little
old Perth", tail between my legs and a little
embarrassed that my stint in the big bad city
didn't work out. I would just have to save my
pennies and eventually head off to another "more
exciting" destination, I resolved.
Little did I realise that I was already here.
Without wanting to sound too over-the-top,
the development and progress that Perth has made
in 2009 - in terms of new small bars, sustainable
buildings, new small bars, world-standard
commercial design and did I mention new small
bars? -- is off-the-charts exciting and has stirred
in me a renewed fervour for my home town.
While the GFC certainly made its way to our
sandy shores, thankfully, we weren't hit as hard
as the Brits and the forest of cranes that is the
current city skyline is testament to this.
WA is full to brimming with talented, passionate,
forward-thinking people and finally, it seems
there are some real, valid reasons for them to stay.
is annual is evidence of those reasons.
In e Legacy of a Better Place, WA's new
government architect Steve Woodland looks at
how we can harness our unique culture, ecology
and creativity to ensure future generations can
enjoy our state's many treasures.
In Sarah Szabo's Building our Future, we learn
about the measures WA developments are taking
towards sustainability. Slowly but surely, we're
catching up with our eastern states counterparts
-- 2009 brought us our first 6 Star Green Star rated
building, 2 Victoria Avenue, and the WA branch
of the Green Building Council of Australia has
received applications for more.
Lisa O'Neill then takes us Around the World
as she hones in on examples of spectacular
commercial design, from office space in Sydney
to a retail store in São Paulo and a restaurant in
And then we get down to the nitty gritty.
e rest of the magazine is your own personal
directory to commercial design and construction,
each section featuring tips, trends and talking
points from WA's leading architects, designers,
builders, developers and landscapers.
Check out the latest projects in the areas
of office, retail, hospitality, institutional,
developments and landscaping, before delving
into the products section for office furniture,
flooring, tiling, lighting, fencing & balustrades,
building materials and finishes & fittings.
Whether you're building a new commercial
space or fitting out an existing one, you're sure
to find a heap of valuable information that will
help make your business - and perhaps even our
state - an exciting place to be.
Editor, WA's Best Commercial Designs
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and manufactured from pulp sourced from plantation
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