Downer EDI, a leading international provider of engineering and infrastructure management services within a variety of market sectors, wanted to consolidate several teams spread throughout the Brisbane area and bring them to an office designed to improve communication and efficiency.

A cohesive, professional presentation was also paramount. They were introduced to 163 Ipswich Road by their leasing agent and felt the location might suit their needs. Upon learning that Priority would be comprehensively upgrading and modernising the building’s overall amenities, both internally and externally, Downer decided to lease the building, appointing Priority to design and build their fitout.


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Our team was charged with designing a fitout that would bring seven separately located teams into one office. Downer chose to abandon traditional offices entirely and switch to an activity-based workplace, locating all team members within open plan work areas irrespective of individual roles and titles. Our head designer participated in Downer’s steering committee meetings and spent weeks interviewing each team individually, presenting proposed design concepts, and making modifications based on both feedback from individual members and corporate office guidelines. We also recommended a change management consultant to assist with a workplace environment shift of such magnitude.

Downer carried out a momentous cultural shift for their organisation and amalgamated seven local teams under one roof in a professional, contemporary office that encourages both efficiency and sociability. The transformation of the building at 163 Ipswich Road was a rousing success for everyone involved.

Project Scope

  • Reception & Waiting Area
  • 320 Workstations in an open plan
  • 11 Meeting rooms
  • 31 Quiet Rooms
  • Kitchen
  • Café
  • Breakout areas
  • Training room
  • Safety induction
  • Server room
  • Utilities room
  • First aid room
  • Male, female and PWD showers

Project Details

Downer EDI Services – Office Fitout

163 Ipswich Road, Woolloongabba
Total floor area: 4,800m2

Project Schedule

Design: 6 weeks
Construction: 14 weeks