SCA announce new Hit105 & Triple M Brisbane headquarters

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Southern Cross Austereo has announced a relocation of  Hit105 and Triple M Brisbane, set to take place 12 months from now.

The wheels are already in motion on a plan to move SCA’s operations from North Quay to The Barracks, in what the parent company is calling “one of the biggest and most technical relocations in radio history in Australia.”

In June of next year, Hit105 and Triple M will depart their longtime base and relocate to Level 4 at The Barracks in a 10-year lease deal with options.

There’ll be no break in transmission, with some 125 staff transitioning to what will be two new fully operational radio stations.

The new 2,150 square metre space will be redesigned and custom-fitted by a team of local specialists, under the watchful eye of SCA general manager Damon Rielly.

“All staff have had a voice in the design plan for the new headquarters, channelled through a Design Team with representatives from every function across the company,” Rielly said. “It is important to SCA as a leading employer that our staff are immersed in the process, from initial designs through to the final move and beyond.

“In putting together the design and construct team for this project, we committed to working with Brisbane-based specialists, because we have the best in the country right here.

“Both stations are indelibly inked into the DNA of Brisbane, and it makes sense to keep this project local as well. As a result, we are delighted that we will be working with Jane McConnell Interior Design, and the well-respected local commercial fitout, refurbishment and construction specialist Mettle Projects to deliver the new space.”

“After spending time on the floor, and in consultation with the Design Team, SCA’s the home will feature multiple informal meeting spaces, collaborative and innovative areas alongside team tables, quiet working zones and private contemplative zones, highly technical studio spaces and state of the art IT,” said Jane McConnell.

“SCA is a shining example of a modern, progressive and technologically advanced company of tomorrow, and the design for their new headquarters will reflect and celebrate this.”

“The works to the new Barracks site will involve the construction of new studios, broadcasting and workspace areas with a heavy technology overlay,” said Mettle Projects managing director Marc Kenney.

“Mettle are well versed in high-end workspaces, having completed a number of notable landmark projects throughout Brisbane including the Valley Heart Refurbishment at the TC Bierne Building in Fortitude Valley which houses The Precinct, a State Government lead start-up and innovation hub, the construction of a new City Beach HQ across three levels in the Brisbane CBD, and creating a modernised expanded space over two levels for the CBRE Head Office.”

At this stage, the construction and fit out will commence on December 1, with the move slated for June 2019.

“Southern Cross Austereo has called North Quay home since September 2000, and the space has certainly been brilliant, however our requirements have changed as our team has expanded and our platforms have increased,” added Rielly.

“The company now reaches 95 per cent of the Australian population through our radio, television and digital assets, which means we need cutting edge technology, and areas for content creation and staff development.

“The space at The Barracks represents arguably the best in the city – it overlooks greater Brisbane, meaning our radio teams can look at the city they are talking to.

“It is also at the entrance to Caxton Street and Suncorp Stadium, and when Brisbane Live is realised, it will be the pre-eminent entertainment precinct in Brisbane. As SCA strives to be Australia’s preferred entertainment company, it’s the perfect place for us to call home.”

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