25 August 2018
If you're debating going to the Brisbane Festival this year, here's an off-program clincher – a trio of ritzy new hotels dotted in a constellation around the main festival venue is waiting to receive you. And they all have views of the Brisbane River, scene of a nightly water, light and laser spectacular telling the traditional story of the serpent that brought it into being.
Hands down the most glamorous of the three, the Emporium Hotel South Bank on Grey Street is a curvy stunner in a low-slung skirt of silver that ripples and shimmers in the breeze.
The skirt, strictly speaking, is a kinetic screen – one of three in Sun Veil, a $4.35 million art installation by the San Francisco-based artist Ned Kahn that wrap the lower storeys of the towers in the Southpoint development.
The five-star Emporium Hotel is in the third and last tower to be completed, closest to the festival hub, the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. But really, you can't miss it. Beneath that mesmerising silver skirt, a gigantic curvilinear E in red and silver hovers apparently without support over the entrance.
Emporuim Hotel Wins Major Environmental Accolade at 2017 HM Awards
4 September 2017
Emporium Hotel has been named winner of the Best Environmental Program at the 2017 Hotel Management Awards.
Exciting New Chapter for Southpoint's Historic Collins Place
8 February 2017
Hospitality management group Solotel plans to breathe new life into the heritage listed Collins Place at Southpoint, creating a “modern” Queensland pub with design features that stay true to the buildings rich heritage and Brisbane’s sub-tropical climate.
An architectural focal point in Anthony John Group’s $600m mixed-use development in South Bank, the 127-year-old building was originally built around 1890 for Ship Inn proprietor Michael Foley.
Brisbane's Southpoint to get $4m Ned Kahn art façade - The Australian
12 October 2016
A shimmering multi-million-dollar art installation will be created along the facade of Brisbane’s $600m Southpoint development.
Anthony John Group has engaged San Francisco artist Ned Khan to develop the $4.35 million work across 3800sq m of the three buildings in the major Southbank development.
Thousands of miniature extruded aluminium panels in four metallic colours will be placed across the podium to allow a movable, reflective artwork that flutters in the wind.
Hotel Management Awards 2016 Finalists Announced
1 August 2016
Another fantastic achievement for the Emporium Hotel and their outstanding team, having been named a finalist at the 2016 Hotel Management Awards in an impressive five categories including Boutique Hotel, Luxury Hotel, Hotel Bar and Environmental Program. Special congratulations to Emporium's Peter Savoff who has been chosen as a finalist in the Australian General Manager category.
DA Lodged for $75 Million Stage at East Village
10 March 2016
The Urban Developer: 10th March 2016
Anthony John Group has lodged a development application for the next stage of the $600m East Village development in Cannon Hill which will feature 140 one, two and three bedroom apartments and some 1,200sqm of landscaped parkland.
Approximately 1000sqm of retail will also be delivered on completion with artisan food and beverage operators, a proposed cinema, fresh food grocer and boutique retail offerings.
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Courier Mail, Home Magazine - Stroll on Easy Street
14 November 2015
Properties with everything on their doorstep are becoming increasingly popular as featured in this weekends issue of Home Magazine (Courier Mail).
"Walkability is a major factor for many residential projects across Southeast Queensland, including some projects that will be walkable in the future" - Michael Nash, Urban Planning Services director.
Buyers are becoming more aware of the future potential and character of an area when looking to purchase new property, making Anthony John Group's East Village development a key player in the urban renewal and lifestyle potential of Cannon Hill.
Directly referenced in the article, East Village's second stage sell out stands as a testament to the demand of up-coming amenity and services that will be available to residents within the precinct, including a high street with supermarket, boutique retail, restaurants and bars.
"This is what Brisbane's eastern suburbs have been waiting for. An exciting new lifestyle destination" - Shane Bulloch, CEO of Anthony John Group
East Village's $42m Second Stage Sold Out
22 October 2015
The $42m second stage of Anthony John Group’s master-planned East Village community in Cannon Hill has sold out with all 98 apartments being secured well in advance of completion in mid-2016.
The now completed first stage of the development, The Courtyards, also sold out prior to its completion in late 2014.
Anthony John Group CEO Shane Bulloch said further evidence that Cannon Hill’s reputation was rising could be seen in the volume of residential development underway.
How Tourism Australia's John O'Sullivan unwinds (Australian Financial Review 6/9/2015)
15 September 2015
John O'Sullivan joined Tourism Australia as managing director in 2014, after a stint as chief operating officer at Fox Sports. One of his goals at Tourism Australia is to help expand the industry to $115 billion by the end of the decade.
When asked what the most impressive hotel he has ever stayed in is, Mr O'Sullivan counts Emporium as one of his top picks.
Emporium Hotel Chosen as Key Hotel Tonight Launch Partner
14 August 2015
Hotel Tonight - an accomodation app capitalising on increasingly on-demand consumer tastes by connecting savvy "staycationers" with empty hotel beds, has arrive in Brisbane.
Favouring hotels in the top 20% of customer satisfaction rankings, it was unsurprising that the exquisite Emporium Hotel was chosen as one of their select few key partners for the Brisbane launch on Friday 14th August 2015.
Village Life In Demand: Courier Mail Saturday 18/07/2015
18 July 2015
Apartments in stage two of the East Village master-planned development at Cannon Hill is nearing sellout.
Now under construction, Anthony John Group’s The Quarters comprises 98 apartments across two buildings, with ground-floor retail space. The apartments follow the success of town home product in stage one, The Courtyards, with more than 130 residents already moved in.
Group Chief Executive Shane Bulloch said East Village had been a catalyst for other apartment projects launching within a close radius. “Cannon Hill is visibly changing and is now in high demand ... East Village is proving to stimulate noticeable growth and development in the area,” he said. “What we are seeing is the realisation of our vision for the location. “East Village is already creating long-lasting, economic and social benefits through the creation of jobs and investment attraction.”
Queensland Investor Hot Spots Revealed
4 May 2015
Qld Investor Hot Spots Revealed - with South Brisbane Top of the List
Confirming location is still front of mind for investors seeking strong capital growth and yield return. A great story featuring our Southpoint development, set in arguably Brisbane's best address - South Bank.
Courier Mail - Hot lister chills late summer scorcher
7 March 2015
The Emporium Hotels exquisite design and award winning service has caught the attention of this Courier Mail journalist as the perfect escape from the recent Brisbane heat.
The much anticipated second Emporium Hotel at Southpoint is set to raise the bar in hotel style and service, not only for its guests, but also for purchasers of the Emporium Residences and Emporium Apartments.
Historic Collins Place Reaches New Heights
11 December 2014
Heritage listed Collins Place has quickly become Southpoint's focal point since the 330-tonne brick building was raised nine metres into the air recently. Built in 1889, the building has served a number of purposes over the years, ranging from a boarding house to retail outlet during Expo 88.
â€‹Collins Place will undergo restoration and refurbishment as part of Anthony John Group's Southpoint development at South Bank, taking pride of place in the planned dining and retail precinct.
Emporium Hotelâ€™s Peter Savoff honoured by worldwide hotel society
17 September 2014
Construction has started on the Anthony John Groupâ€™s $590 million mixed-use development at South Bank
21 June 2014
Queensland builder Watpac is now working on the site’s first building, a 13-storey commercial tower. On completion, the transport-oriented development will include three multi-storey buildings linked by a pedestrian plaza. Luxury apartments, Brisbane’s second Emporium Hotel, shops and offices are all part of the project.
[Image courtesy of The Courier-Mail: L-R Tony John, Watpac's Martin Monro and South Bank Corporation's Jeff Weigh]
Brisbane Farmersâ€™ Market to launch at East Village
20 March 2014
On Sunday 30 March, thousands of people are expected to make their way to Anthony John Groups' $600 million East Village development for the highly anticipated launch of the Brisbane Farmers' Market.
Conceived by successful Noosa Farmers' Market founder Shane Stanley, the new paddock-to-plate fair will celebrate local farmers and their wares, while bringing communities together at Brisbanes' exciting new east side address.
The weekly Brisbane Farmers' Market at East Village will feature some 80 stalls selling farm-fresh produce, local seafood, gourmet artisan provisions, baked goods, coffee and other beverages (and much more).
The market launch will coincide with East Villages' new apartment release.
Following the sell-out of "The Courtyards" townhouses and near sell-out of "The Quarters" Stage 1 apartments, the Stage 2 release has already achieved 20% pre-sales.
South Bank gets new focal point
30 July 2013
A STRIKING red building has appeared at South Bank and its opening on August 10 will signal the launch of Anthony John Group's long-anticipated Southpoint development.
Emporium Hotel South Bank’s Top Eco Design Honours
21 August 2017
Before it has opened, the new flagship Emporium Hotel Southpoint is drawing an acclaimed line in the sand, having just received EarthCheck Design Certification, the first project in the country to achieve such status.
Achieving EarthCheck Design Certification places the new hotel in a unique worldwide group of sustainable buildings that are certified to the internationally recognised EarthCheck Building Planning and Design Standard, with the exclusive EarthCheck science inside.
Emporium Hotel Receives Gold Certificaton Status - EarthCheck
20 January 2017
Emporium Hotel has been awarded Gold Certification status by EarthCheck - a global environmental impact benchmarking and advisory group for the travel and tourism industry. This is a significant achievement not only for the fact it signifies five years of continuous certification, but it is one of only five other hotels in Australia and the ONLY hotel in Queensland to hold this certification. Congratulations!
New $4.35m Art Installation for South Bank's Southpoint - Brisbane Development
12 October 2016
Internationally acclaimed environmental artist Ned Kahn has been commissioned to transform the façade of Anthony John Group’s $600m Southpoint development into one of Australia’s largest public art installations.
The yet-to-be-named piece, which on completion will measure over 3,800square metres, is set to unite the three towers that comprise the development via a spectacular kinetic screen.
Thousands of tiny panels of extruded aluminium in four different metallic tones will be placed within specified pixel layouts, with every panel able to move independently to complete the vision for a wind-responsive artwork that reflects light.
Brisbane's Top 10 Performing Suburbs - Courier Mail
5 July 2016
CoreLogic has listed the locations of both Anthony John Group's Southpoint and East Village developments within the top 10 suburbs in Brisbane for median price growth over the last ten years.
Cannon Hill (East Village) experienced a staggering 109% growth and followed closely by South Brisbane (Southpoint) with a 106% growth in the median sales price for residential properties since 2016.
CEO of the Real Estate Institute of Queensland, Antonia Mercorella states that the key to a properties success is no longer "location, location, location" but rather proximity, infrastructure and employment, three factors that form the basis of Anthony John Group's landmark, transit-oriented developments.
Southpoint Finalist at 2015 UDIA QLD Awards for Excellence
9 November 2015
Anthony John Group's $600m mixed used development Southpoint was last Friday announced a finalist in the Marketing Excellence category at the 2015 Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) QLD Awards for Excellence.
These high profile awards seek out the very best of the best; the people and projects that go beyond the built environment, to create wonderful communities. They celebrate Australia's contemporary knowledge, skills and innovation in the urban development industry and recognise outstanding achievements of high quality developments.
Drawing on Southpoint’s unique attributes, AJG established a highly effective target marketing strategy that delivered a compelling project position through a clever awareness and engagement campaign. This resulted in unprecedented sales success for the creators of the widely acclaimed Emporium Hotel.
Group CEO Shane Bulloch said the key to Southpoint’s success has substantially been driven by the market understanding the clear benefits a mixed-use development of this nature is set to deliver, as well as the absolute rarity of the location and environment it is set in.
“We have over achieved on project objectives due to the strength of market acceptance and understanding of the benefits Southpoint will deliver both owner occupiers and investors. This has been exemplified by the fact over 70% of purchasers in the first two stages are local.”
Innovative sales and communication tools, aimed at enhancing the customer experience, were introduced along with a robust database remarketing strategy that relied on segmentation and targeted messaging.
“Southpoint is such a unique and meaningful development to Brisbane; we wanted to ensure our approach to marketing and communication reflected this.”
Well done to the project team, we are exceptionally proud to have Southpoint recognised. Congratulations also to all the nominees and winners.
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Courier Mail - Southpoint retail goes market-style
16 October 2015
Anthony John Group's Southpoint development will have more than 4500sqm of retail space set over two levels and creating a village-market style atmosphere.
Along with the retail and dining opportunities, the heritage listed Collins Place will recieve a full refurbishment and stand proudly as a striking entry statement to the development and be transformed into a destination restaurant as it was in World Expo 88.
Collins Place: A Feat of Engineering (Courier Mail Home 12/09/2015)
14 September 2015
Heritage listed Collins Place is a Brisbane icon. Constructed in 1889 and well known as the Spaghetti House during World Expo 88, it is set to be used as a restaurant again when it receives a new lease of life as part of Anthony John Group's $590m Southpoint mixed-use development in South Bank.
Weighing a staggering 330 tonnes, it has now been been raised to its new height where it will sit proud as part of the entry statement to an exciting new retail and dining precinct.
Sales Rush for Tower - Courier Mail
5 August 2015
Anthony John Group's Southpoint development has earned praise in the Courier Mail for the outstanding sales result of it's final stage, The Apartments.
The demand experienced upon the initial release of Southpoint in 2013 has helped steam-roll a road to success for the development's last residential tower, with over 90% now sold.
Located on the corner of Grey and Vultures Street, The Apartments comprises 196 one, two, three and four bedroom apartments priced from $389,000 to the $3,600,000 penthouse secured early on by a local investor. Building amenity includes a rooftop pool and private residents lounge, a podium level gymnasium, relaxation lawn, BBQ terrace and private dining facilities.
Property Council Australia - Apartments or Admin?
1 July 2015
South Brisbane has gained praise as one of Brisbane's most successful fringe markets in a time where the CBD commercial market hangs in an oversupply limbo and residential development is making headlines.
The seminar was attended by over 60 commercial and residential professionals, including Anthony John Group CEO, Shane Bulloch, who opened the proceedings with a discussion of the benefits that development and mixed use projects would bring to the area.
The Australian - Union to double Asia-Pacific plays
30 April 2015
German Fund Manager Union Investment's first foray into Australia, it's $200m acquisition of Anthony John Group's Southpoint office tower one year ago, was a "proud moment" for the Group, according to Regional Head of Real Estate Eric Cheah.
International Developer Secures Transit Oriented Buranda Site
19 January 2015
Singapore Exchange listed Wee Hur Holdings Ltd purchased Anthony John Group's 1.7ha transit-oriented Buranda site for $51.3million.
The deal marks Wee Hur's first foray into property development in Australia, with the group planning to spearhead the approved high-rise, mixed use development comprised of residential, retail and commercial opportunities.
Emporium Hotel shines at 2014 Queensland Tourism Awards
29 November 2014
Brisbane's Emporium Hotel has shone at the 2014 Queensland Tourism Awards held last night, winning Best Luxury Accomodation for the third year running and officially entering the Tourism Hall of Fame.
2014 HM Awards - Emporium Hotel - Best Hotel Bar and Multiple Finalist
8 September 2014
In front of almost 600 hoteliers, industry leaders and major suppliers, the winners of the 2014 HM Awards presented by Sealy have been awarded to some of the Australasian accommodation industry’s brightest stars.
Held at the prestigious Sydney Town Hall on September 5 and hosted by television personality Larry Emdur, the HM Awards have, for the 13th time, recognised the accommodation industry’s finest staff, properties, brands and chains across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.
Construction underway at luxury Southpoint development
11 June 2014
Construction has commenced on Anthony John Group’s $590 million Southpoint development, with Flight Centre’s new headquarters underway.
South Bank’s last remaining development site is now a significant step closer to being one of the largest mixed-use, Transport-Oriented Development (TOD) projects in Queensland, incorporating A-grade office space, convenience-based retail, an upgraded rail station, luxury apartments and Brisbane’s second award-winning Emporium Hotel.
To celebrate the major milestone – which comes just two months after German property investor Union Investment Real Estate purchased Southpoint’s commercial offering in a $200 million forward-funding deal – Anthony John Group today officially welcomed major tenants Flight Centre and Woolworths to the development.
Brisbaneâ€™s Emporium Hotel takes top luxury title at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards for the 2nd year running
9 February 2014
Brisbane’s independently owned Emporium Hotel has taken the top title for luxury accommodation at the Australian Tourism Awards for the second year in a row.
A jewel in Queensland’s and Australia’s tourism crown, the hotel is consistently being recognised nationally and internationally as the best of the best. Being honoured with the Best Luxury Accommodation title for the second consecutive year is an extraordinary achievement, testament to its ownership, team and experience offerings.
The Hotel was up against the country’s finest establishments including; the Hilton Melbourne South Wharf, Saffire-Freycinct in Tasmania, The Sebel Playford Adelaide, Sails in the Desert in the NT, Chateau Elan at The Vintage in NSW, the Crown Metropol in Perth and the Hyatt Hotel Canberra.
The Emporium Hotel takes national award
25 February 2013
BRISBANE is expected to see a resurgence in investor interest for hotel developments, as occupancy figures, major event and award-winning properties combine to add lustre to the Queensland capital.
Not only has the city pulled one of the country's highest occupancy rates in the September quarter - at 85.2 per cent - but local independent luxury offering Emporium Hotel wiped the floor with the competition at the recent national tourism awards in Hobart.
Tony John, of property development firm Anthony John Group, owner of the Emporium Hotel, said taking out the Best Luxury Accommodation category in the 2012 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards was the pinnacle of his career.
All the Perks of a Hotel - Courier Mail Home 19/05/2018
21 May 2018
Can’t be bothered cooking dinner? Emporium Hotel executive chef Josue Lopez can whip up a masterpiece to be delivered to your door. That’s just one of the perks available to residents at the $600 million mixed-use Southpoint development in South Bank. Once completed, the project, which is being developed by Anthony John Group, will comprise residential apartments over 21 levels, the Emporium Apartments and the Emporium Residences, the city’s second Emporium Hotel, office space, and a retail and dining plaza. The integration of the 143-suite hotel and 222 apartments will open up hotel-style services to full-time residents and will include everything from in-room service to concierge, valet and housekeeping
Southpoint Sales Soar - Courier Mail 11/11/2017
14 November 2017
A SURGE in sales has seen $12 million in new apartments at the $600 million Southpoint development at South Bank sold in just 60 days.
The highest price achieved at the $600 million Anthony John Group development was $5.4 million, with a local buyer snapping up the home-sized 380sq m Emporium Residence with 20m city/river-facing balcony.
Just four Emporium Residences are still available for purchase, with construction on the development due for completion early to mid-next year.
Southpoint sales agent Bryce O’Conner said local interest had remained strong, with the development ticking the right boxes for buyers at all price levels.
“The interest in Southpoint continues to be exceptional. The combination of the location, which is unparalleled, fantastic retail and dining amenity, and overall quality and finish has been a real winning formula,” he said.
“I have no doubt that if Southpoint had another residential building we would sell out again.”
Emporium Hotel Wins Big at 2017 World Travel Awards
6 June 2017
We are exceptionally proud and honoured to announce Emporium Hotel has been named Australia's Leading Boutique Hotel at the 2017 World Travel Awards.
This is the third consecutive year it has claimed the highly esteemed title, an astounding achievement given the calibre of nominees, and it is made even more special given this being their 10th year of operation.
Congratulations to owners Tony and Francine John, General Manager Peter Savoff, and the amazing team that work tirelessly every day to deliver customers "exquisite stays".
Southpoint Heralds New Wave of Retail & Dining for South Bank
17 December 2016
After much anticipation, Anthony John Group is proud to announce the first of many exciting retailers that will call Southpoint home when operations commence in February 2017.
Located over two levels, Southpoint’s 4,500sqm retail and dining precinct will sit directly under Flight Centre’s new global headquarters and offer a mix of casual and formal dining along with fresh food and convenience to South Bank’s burgeoning tourist, worker and resident populations.
Anthony John Group Managing Director Tony John said that Southpoint will provide a complimentary mix of retail to South Bank’s current offering in a singular location.
“We are creating a village style atmosphere that supports an upmarket destination appeal with a balanced blend of neighbourhood services and food in one central location.”
$600m Development Will Become Major Public Art Installation - The Urban Developer
12 October 2016
Environmental artist Ned Khan has been commissioned to transform the façade of Anthony John Group’s $600m Southpoint development into one of Australia’s largest public art installations.
Drawing inspiration from nature and the local landscape–in this case interpreting the afternoon light that turns the Brisbane river from daytime brown into shiny and reflective bronze, gold and silver tones – Khan seeks to manifest nature in an urban setting.
“I’ve always looked at my artworks as potentially serving as reminders of how beautiful and mysterious nature is, with the hope that when people have an experience of awe while watching a natural process unfold, it can fuel their compassion towards the natural world. " - Ned Kahn
Southpoint's $20mil Sales Splurge - Courier Mail
30 April 2016
Demand for high end, luxury residential product has seen a $20 million sales splurge for Anthony John Group's Southpoint development in South Bank.
"The five-star experience is a new level in luxury apartment living that we are forging in Brisbane - where you can literally upgrade your daily life with a full range of hotel services, delivered by a recognised icon in boutique hotel luxury" - Tony John, founder of Anthony John Group
Only seven of the 413 residences within this iconic mixed-use project remain, with a selection of three and four bedroom residences from $1.31mil with an average apartment size of 253sqm.
Southpoint Commercial Building receives 5 Star Green Star rating for Office Design (v3)
20 November 2015
The commercial tower in Anthony John Group’s $600m Southpoint development has been awarded a 5 Star Green Star rating for Office Design from the Green Building Council.
Set to be home to Flight Centre’s global headquarters and some 2,500 staff on completion in mid-2016, the commercial tower has been designed with a sustainable future in mind.
Buildings awarded a high Green Star rating in design are proven to outperform normal buildings in terms of comfort, tenant satisfaction and productivity of employees, lower energy and water consumption in turn leading to lower run costs, higher initial value of the building and higher return on investment.
The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) was established in 2002 to develop a sustainable property industry in Australia and drive the adoption of green building practices through market-based solutions.
Green Star rating tools help the property industry to reduce the environmental impact of buildings, improve occupant health and productivity and achieve real cost savings, while showcasing innovation in sustainable building practices.
The Green Star certificate will also guarantee a higher NABERS rating in all areas upon completion, including energy and water usage, indoor environment quality and waste management.
Image: Sam Harmsworth - DM, Anthony John Group (centre) accepts the companies Green Star certification with Nadia Forwood – Membership & Sponsorship Manager, GBCA (left) and Anthony Marklund – ESD Principal, Floth (right)
Emporium Wins at 2015 World Travel Awards
2 November 2015
Anthony John Group's Emporium Hotel has received another outstanding accolade, being named Australia's Leading Boutique Hotel at the 2015 World Travel Awards.
Established in 1993, the awards acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry and are recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.
The annual programme is renowned as the most prestigious and comprehensive in the travel and tourism industry.
Congratulations to the team on yet another milestone achievement that continues to highlight their exceptional dedication to delivering customers exquisite stays.
Nine News - Shopping Hubs set to crop up across Brisbane
15 October 2015
Mixed-use developments offering great amenity have the power to improve property values and drive job creation for locals.
Anthony John Group's Southpoint development's recently unveiled $40m retail plans has featured in this Nine News story, further cementing it's importance and significance to Brisbane's lifestyle precinct.
Residents of Southpoint can look forward to the convenience and lifestyle of having direct access to these exciting retail and dining opportunities every single day.
Emporium Named Best Boutique Hotel at 2015 HM Awards
7 September 2015
Once again Anthony John Group's Emporium Hotel has proven its timeless appeal and outstanding commitment to service, winning Best Boutique Hotel at the 2015 Hotel Management Awards.
Despite notable competition from around the country, Emporium continues to cement its position as a leader in delivering customers exquisite stays.
Congratulations to the team on another fantastic achievement.
Luxury Defined - Courier Mail
5 August 2015
TRUE luxury apartments – the kind that command multi-million dollar price tags – are measured by more than the quality of their fittings.
Anthony John Group chief executive Shane Bulloch, developer of South Bank’s Southpoint and the luxury Emporium Residences, said while there were tangibles that defined luxury, such as good apartment design and high-quality finishes, there were intangible lifestyle improvements buyers also looked for.
“That’s a key point of difference for us, such as being able to have room service or, if you’ve been overseas, have the hotel air your apartment, make sure there’s milk in the fridge,”
Flight Centre slides into Annie Yangâ€™s new Brisbane digs
25 June 2015
When workers are inducted into the new Flight Centre Brisbane head office, they might be surprised to find their new multi-million-dollar digs include slippery slides linking the executive levels, the shell of a plane and a double-decker bus as meeting rooms.
But leisure and travel retailer Flight Centre’s unusual working arrangements are not standard, eschewing the standard managerial structure for competing teams of “families”, “tribes” and “villages”.
The challenge was making this corporate character fit into an office floorplan for Flight Centre’s new global headquarters, and PDT Architects’ Annie Yang was more than happy to oblige.
The end result of the $25 million 15-storey fitout will be a grab-bag of mock hotel lobbies, planes, trains and automobiles and movable office spaces.
“It’s a bit unique, typical offices are not like that,” Ms Yang said.
“This was quite exciting. We’ve got a slide on the executive floors, the top six floors, we have slides connecting those floors. It’s not every day we get that type of brief from a client.”
Flight Centre’s new headquarters will be located within the commercial tower of Anthony John Group’s $590m Southpoint complex at Brisbane’s Southbank.
The travel company wanted to bring its diverse brands together under the one roof, and will vacate their current tenancies in Brisbane’s CBD to move their 2000 staff to the 23,000sq m new offices. The staff may not know what will hit them. Offices based around Flight Centre’s ethos of “family” teams of three to eight employees will work around the perimeter of the layout, with meeting rooms and other communal facilities such as the “firepit” clustered in the middle.
“Within each family they have their own war cries, and they have targets, it’s quite competitive,” Ms Yang said.
“Within the design of each work station we’ve allowed (staff) to personalise each area.” So across each of the levels there is a different focal point, tailored to the product each team is tasked with selling.
“Because it was 15 floors we decided to do things a bit differently,” Ms Yang said. “Every floor would be themed specifically to the items they actually sell.”
Hence, the bus, the plane and different mock hotel lobbies of varying star ratings as the meeting rooms for different levels who work with each product item.
Flight Centre has signed up to move into Southpoint from the middle of next year.
In doing so, they join Brisbane’s “flight to quality”, away from the central business district, deepening the city’s serious office vacancy problem.
They will move from GPT’s 545 Queen St and MRL Investments’ 316 Adelaide Street on the expiration of their leases.
Southpoint is one of the biggest mixed-use transit-orientated developments in Queensland, located in the busy hub of South Bank. Southpoint will also feature a hotel and restaurants as well as apartments.
Source: The Australian, Thursday 25th June 2015
Author: Rosanne Barrett
Moustache Magazine selects Emporium Hotel as it's first venture
21 April 2015
Moustach Magazine have searched tirelessly in an effort to present it's readers with a premium and alternative guide to the best places to eat, shop and visit that will transcend the public to places unlike any other in what they are calling their "BLACLIST".
"As we explore our creative passages sometimes we like to escape, especially in our own city of Brisbane. This is a city that is going through rapid change within its infrastructure and culture, we thought visiting a place that prides itself on luxury and style was needed, hence why the Emporium Hotel was our first venture." - Jo McTavish, Moustache Magazine.Jo M
After many years in the business, Emporium Hotel remains one of the first points of call when it comes to luxury, style and service, which is what residents of Southpoint and guest of the second Emporium Hotel at South Bank, will be able to incorporate into their lifestyles on a daily basis.
Nine News Feature: The raising of Collins Place
8 January 2015
This great Nine News feature that aired 8th January 2015, showcases Southpoiint and the raising of the historical Collins Place. Comments by Anthony John Group's GM of Developments - John Curtis and Watpac Project Manager - David McIlwraith.
Emporium Continues to Delight Customers With Exquisite Stays
12 November 2014
The Emporium Hotel continues to deliver on it's reputation for exquisite stays.
Despite an increasingly competitive short-stay accommodation market, the multi-award winning Emporium Hotel retains an enviable position of Brisbane's premier boutique hotel.
In the words of one recent happy traveller:
"...This Boutique hotel would have to be the best in Brisbane...The hotel is very contemporary but at the same time classic. The wine bar is casual but sophisticated, the staff incredibly friendly and knowledgeable and efficient. The rooms are lovely and very spacious. Well designed and modern décor. Bed very comfortable and the bathroom was the best."
Click here to read the full review on Trip Advisor
Visit the Emporium Hotel website to book your own exquisite stay.
Chief Concierge holds the Golden Keys
30 July 2014
Meet Mr Graham Hodgson – the keeper of secrets, the all-knowing, the magician, the problem solver, the go-to man and the face of Brisbane’s award-winning Emporium Hotel. He is Head Concierge and as of this week, the newest member of the exclusive Les Clefs d’Or Australia, one of the highest accolades for a professional Concierge.
Brisbane developer Tony Johnâ€™s offer: indulge yourself at Southpoint tower
2 May 2014
Imagine flying into Brisbane on your Embraer Phenom 300 private jet after 10 days of business meetings in New York. You call your apartment manager with a list of requests: pick me up from the airport, walk the dog and organise a cocktail party for 50 guests on Tuesday night.
Brisbane property developer Tony John is in the mood to spoil owners and tenants from the moment they pull up outside his lavish $600 million Southpoint apartment tower complex, which will span an opulent 144-suite Emporium Hotel, 217 apartments and residences, plus a rooftop pool billed as a mini version of the infinity-edged swimming hole atop Singapore’s famous Marina Bay Sands resort complex.
Flight Centre Travel Group seals deal on Southpoint as new global headquarters
20 November 2013
The Flight Centre Travel Group (FLT) has officially confirmed that it will move its new global headquarters to Anthony John Group’s Southpoint development.
The global leisure and corporate travel retailer has formally signed a 10-year lease agreement on more than 20,000 sqm of A-grade commercial space at the South Bank site – due for completion in 2016.
The $590 million Southpoint development will also offer Brisbane’s second Luxury Boutique Emporium Hotel, restaurants, bars, a supermarket and convenience-based retail, while also incorporating an upgrade to South Bank Railway Station facilities – all great outcomes for local workers, visitors and residents.
An 'Emporium for the East'
14 November 2012
The Brisbane firm behind Emporium and Rosalie Village has commenced construction on a $600 million development at Cannon Hill set to transform a "very livable" suburb into "a very chic and fashionable one" by late next year.
East Village is the latest venture from serial urban renewers the Anthony John Group and chief executive Shane Bulloch joined Lord Mayor Graham Quirk to turn the first sod on Monday.
The master plan spans 5.75 hectares of land between Creek and Wynnum roads, and slates some 750 apartments and 17,600 square metres of retail and commercial premises amid communal and green spaces and parkland.
Ovolo Acquires Emporium Hotel Fortitude Valley
11 January 2018
Australian Financial Review - 11/01/2018
Hong Kong-based boutique hotel chain Ovolo has snapped up the Emporium Hotel in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley for about $40 million in the first major hospitality deal of the year.
It is the second Brisbane hotel acquired by Ovolo Hotels in the space of seven months after it acquired the 50-room New Inchcolm Hotel & Suites in Brisbane for $16.5 million in June.
The 102-room Emporium Hotel at 1000 Ann Street was sold by its founder and managing director, Tony John, of the Anthony John Group. It opened in 2007 when it was positioned as Brisbane's first luxury boutique hotel.
Hotel amenities include a rooftop pool, gym and sauna, cocktail bar and patisserie as well as conferencing and events centre.
Mr John said he had decided the time was right to sell the Fortitude Valley property as it would "allow the team time to focus on the 2018 opening of our luxury boutique Southpoint Emporium Hotel".
One of Australia’s largest public art installations nears completion
18 October 2017
Arts Review - 16th October 2017
One of Australia’s largest public art installations is nearing completion. Titled Sun Veil, the $4.35m kinetic screen by internationally acclaimed environmental artist Ned Kahn was commissioned by private Brisbane developer Anthony John Group to wrap the lower levels of the three towers in their $600m Southpoint development in South Bank.
The design and installation project has been some 10 years in development and measures over 3,800sqm. To date, two of the three kinetic screens have been installed, with the third to wrap the final tower which will comprise residential apartments and the new flagship Emporium Hotel.
Celebrity chef Moran the latest tenant in South Bank development
17 February 2017
Published in The Australian, Thursday 16/2/17
Anthony John Group’s $600 million Southpoint development in Brisbane has completed another milestone with the opening of its retail and dining complex.
Anchor tenant Woolworths opened last week in the 5000sq m Grey Street retail precinct and specialty outlets — including Neil Perry’s Burger Project, Mrs Luu’s, Pour Boy and Artisan Bakery — will open tomorrow. The openings mark another milestone in the eight-year development process of the triple-tower, mixed-use precinct on what was billed as the “last piece of Southbank”.
Anthony John Group chief executive Shane Bulloch told The Australian the huge development was “coming to fruition” after a long process of planning and construction. Apartment sales in the development launched in 2013.
Mr Bulloch said Collins Place, the striking heritage building at the centre of the 3800sq m development, attracted strong interest from potential operators. It will be the new home of a fresh offering from celebrity chef Matt Moran.
Southpoint Retail and Dining
14 December 2016
West End Magazine
The development of Southpoint will bring brand new dining and retail options to South Bank from February 1, 2017. Consuming more than two levels, Southpoint will sit directly under Flight Centre’s new global headquarters, and will offer a mix of casual and formal dining along with fresh food.
Apartment Sellout at Southpoint - Urban Developer
27 September 2016
Anthony john Group's $600million Southpoint development in Brisbane's South Bank has now sold all 196 dwellings in its final release residential stage, The Apartments .
The Apartments are now the second stage of this iconic developement to reach sell-out over a year from completion.
Anthony John Group Managing Director Tony John said over 70 per cent of purchasers in Southpoint have been local, believing that the development’s ‘exceptional qualities’ has helped bolster local confidence.
“On the last piece of private land to be developed in South Bank, in one of Australia’s best lifestyle precincts, Southpoint offers its residents stunning apartments, spectacular views and unparalleled access to transport and convenience,” he said.
Anthony John Group lodges DA for $600m East Village precinct
16 March 2016
Quest Community Newspapers: 16th March 2016, Paula Shearer
A High street shopping village at Cannon Hill is one step closer to reality as developer Anthony John Group prepares the next stage of it's $600m East Village Project.
Set for release in mid-2016, the stage will include the first 1000sqm of retail space, along with 140 one, two and three bedroom apartments, secure underground parking and 1200sqm of landscaped parkland.
On completion East Village will see proposed shops, cafes a cinema and hotel introduced to the precinct, transforming Cannon Hill into a destination hub.
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Emporium Hotel Concierge Honoured with Exclusive Les Clefs D'Or Title
18 November 2015
It is with great pleasure we announce that the Emporium Hotel's Assistant Concierge Paul McLean, has just been admitted to the most prestigious global Concierge Society, Les Clefs d’Or (The Golden Keys).
There are only 44 members of Les Clefs d’Or in Australia and Paul is now the fourth new member our Emporium Hotel has produced since opening in 2007.
"This is such an impressive international recognition of his dedication to meeting each and every guest's needs, no matter how insignificant they may seem" said Emporium Hotel General Manager Peter Savoff.
An outstanding testament to the hotel teams commitment to excellence, the same excellence that will be evidenced at Brisbane's second Emporium Hotel at South Bank upon completion of the $600 million Southpoint development.
South Bank CEO says precinct will rise to Queens Wharf Challenge
25 October 2015
Sun-Herald: 25th October 2015
The Queens Wharf development is set to change the face of Brisbane's CBD by delivering a world class resort and entertainment precinct with casino, bars and restaurants.
South Bank has long been recognised as Brisbanes premier cultural and lifestyle destination and South Bank Corporation CEO, Jeff Weigh, is confident that the area is set to benefit from the up-coming changes, which will keep the parkland precinct on it's toes.
The introduction of Anthony John Group's, Southpoint development with $40 million retail and dining precinct, second internationally acclaimed Emporium Hotel and Flight Centre's global head office will provide South Bank with the competitive edge it needs to see the precinct thrive.
Mr Weigh directly references Anthony John Group's Southpoint development and the relocation of Flight Centre's global head office as a "real stake in the ground to say that the south side of river is growing into part of the CBD".
Plans For $40 Million Retail Dining Precinct At Southbank Unveiled
14 October 2015
Anthony John Group has unveiled retail precinct plans for its $600 million mixed-use development at Southbank which is set to be delivered in time for the completion of Flight Centre’s global headquarters in mid-2016.
A total of 4,500 sqm will be offered over two levels, including a mixture of fresh food, dining and boutique retail options, catering to South Bank’s rapidly increasing worker, resident, visitor and commuter segments.
Anchor tenant Woolworths has already been secured with a 1200 sqm 20-year lease, giving South Bank its first major supermarket.
East Village Driving Suburban Development: Courier Mail 15/08/2015
15 August 2015
Widely recognised as a catalyst for the changing face of Cannon Hill, East Village is leading the way for more than $42m worth of pipeline projects in the area.
Construction is already underway on numerous projects with many more set to launch.
No longer considered a “poor neighbour” to adjoining suburbs, Cannon Hill is fast shaking its traditionally blue collar stereotype, with a high portion of young professionals with above average incomes now calling it home.
The numerous lifestyle benefits East Village is set to inject into Cannon Hill, along with its exceptional transport links, planned government investment and location only 6.5km to Brisbane’s CBD are just a few key features making the suburb a fast emerging hot spot.
Hotel Management Awards 2015 Finalists Announced
3 August 2015
Another fantastic achievement for the Emporium Hotel and the very dedicated team behind it, having been announced a finalist at the 2015 Hotel Management Awards in both the Boutique Hotel and Hotel Bar categories.
CLOSING SOON! Southpoint's Iconic "Red Box" Display Suite
19 June 2015
Built as an exposition structure, similar to those associated with Expo 88, Southpoint's iconic display suite, complete with a two and three bedroom apartment, will soon close its doors as construction progresses.
Anthony John Group Founder and Managing Director, Tony John, said the unmissable red building at the corner of Grey and Tribune Streets was designed as a tribute to the site's history.
"We wanted our sales office to make a bold design statement to announce to the market that we were actually going to put something very iconic on this last piece of South Bank," he said.
"From the very beginning South Bank, and what it is today - a world-class cultural, entertainment and lifestyle precinct - had it's origins and it evolved from World Expo."
"So we thought it only fitting to create an exposition structure to showcase this very special project on this very last piece of land at South Bank."
Don't miss your absolutely final chance wto view this exquisite work of art.
Emporium Hotel Continues to Stand the Test of Time
10 April 2015
In an increasingly competitive market, the Emporium Hotel continues to stand out for its exquisite stays.
An independently owned and operated luxury hotel, the Emporium continues to be one one defined by a very directional design and commitment to service excellence so as to continue delighting its customers.
In the words of a recent traveller "my wife and I have stayed many times, but I have stayed at the hotel on my own more that 10 times according to the hotel! So last week there was a personal note from the General Manager & a nice bottle of red wine. This is the sort of nice touch that makes this hotel stand out from any many others and is why I will continue to stay here."
A fitting review for Queensland Tourism's latest Hall of Fame inductee.
Construction Underway on The Quarters at East Village
20 December 2014
Construction has started on the latest stage of the Anthony John Group’s $42 million master planned community East Village in Cannon Hill.
Work on The Quarters apartment building follows the recent settlement of the 105 town homes in stage one, The Courtyards.
Brisbane's Largest Mixed-Use Development Site for Sale
1 October 2014
The site, called The Boulevard, has been progressively amalgamated and developed to create the ultimate platform for a Transport Orientated Development – a mixed-use residential and commercial area designed to maximise access to public transport.
Buranda Train Station and Express busway directly bound the site, and the M1 and Pacific Motorway entrance is within 500 meters.
CBRE’s Flint Davidson, Darren Collins and Mike Walsh have been appointed as exclusive agents by Anthony John Group, who is selling the site as a strategic business decision in order to focus on existing Brisbane projects, including the landmark Southpoint development and the East Village.
Southpoint achieves $83 million Stage-One sell-out
7 July 2014
Creator of the award-winning and internationally acclaimed Emporium Hotel – Anthony John Group – has sold all 130 apartments of the first residential release of its $590 million Southpoint development.
The luxury one, two and three-bedroom Southpoint Apartments, priced up to $1.7 million, were snapped up by local Brisbane buyers keen to invest in what will soon be one of the largest mixed-use, transport-oriented development projects in Queensland and home to Brisbane’s second boutique Emporium Hotel.
Southpoint takes off with $200 million commercial sale
10 April 2014
In one of Brisbane’s largest property deals, Anthony John Group has sold its Southpoint commercial offering to German property investor Union Investment Real Estate.
The $200m forward-funding deal – which will underpin construction of successful travel company Flight Centre’s new global headquarters – is the Hamburg-based company’s first foray into Australia.
An interview with Martin Bruhl of Union Investments about Australian investments and the investment into Southpoint - http://youtube/xVtUZeGoxU4
Anthony John Group achieves $100 million of sales in two months
23 October 2013
80 per cent sold since August: Southpoint hotel-inspired luxury residences hit the mark.
Unprecedented local market interest has resulted in Anthony John Group securing sales for more than 80 per cent of its first Southpoint apartment release. Some 90 per cent of these sales have been to Brisbane buyers, including many empty nesters downsizing from large suburban family homes.
The creator of the internationally acclaimed Emporium Hotel has also achieved exceptional sales success with its high-end, three-bedroom Residences, selling 25 per cent of its luxury offering since the public launch two weeks ago.