Live Nation approached the Canopy Fitouts team to reinvigorate their work place and solve some problems along the way.
Starting with the end in mind
CFO for Live Nation Australia and New Zealand, Alex Klos had a number of clear goals in mind. The initial review suggested a full relocation was needed but wasn’t the preferred choice. Alex told us he needed, ‘15% more capacity and to reduce the physical barriers between the teams now that they had splayed out onto two separate floors’.
Being the Australian arm of the world’s largest live entertainment company means an office needs to evoke a certain style. Alex told us the space needed to be light and bright but it also needed a sense of understated cool without tripping into industrial trends that date too quickly.
Live Nation also needed the project closed off before the bulk of the team was back on deck after the Christmas break.
Solving the Silos
Sometimes we meet clients who have walls and hallways separating their teams. In the case of Live Nation it was a full floor and two secure doorways. To speak to a colleague in another team face to face sometimes meant leaving a floor, heading out to a shared lobby, upstairs then back through a security door and into the second floor.
Canopy Fitouts laid out the new floorplan so that a stairwell could be enclosed inside the two tenancies all while allowing for more workspace for future growth.
Alex says, ‘we’ve removed the physical elements that contributed to departmental silos. The whole business is more together now and communication is much more free flowing. We’re still spread over two floors but a number of simple changes and creation of common areas helped achieve a new outlook for the whole team.’
Live Nation is a live events organisation located right on the city fringe. Relocating the complete team to another location was not only costly but a huge inconvenience. With this in mind, the build had to occur over the December – January down period. Karl Simity, Managing Director at Canopy Fitouts says, ‘preparation is key – if you fail to plan, you plan to fail your client. And we weren’t going to let that happen.’
Canopy’s project management team worked very closely with the building surveyor to ensure the biggest challenges were not going to create any surprises or delays. Egress, fire separation, compliance, safety and other building code requirements were covered and signed off very early in the project. Karl adds, ‘we were really happy to deliver something that not only functioned well and looked great, but it didn’t hinder the client in any way.’
Styled to excite and inspire
Karl says, ‘sometimes achieving a workspace that is on brand for our clients is very straight forward, in the case of Live Nation, they really needed something that was edgy and eclectic without looking like stark industrial space.’ In the new reception area all the tiles were removed and the concrete was polished while being set off by the timber slat feature wall behind the welcome desk.
Throughout the space Canopy Fitout’s design team balanced the red, white and black palette with fresh plants crowning all the dividers and soft furnishings in the casual meeting spaces. The overall finish was helped along by the fantastic bill poster art Live Nation already had!
Karl says, ‘today’s office isn’t just about creating spaces for people to collaborate via a sit down meeting, it’s about allowing teams to blow off steam every now and then too. The new Ping Pong competition area was a fast favourite amongst all staff, especially the marketing team!’