Michael will be responsible for global business development and sales, and will be based in Unispace’s New York studio. ‘Unispace is global by nature and has exceptional energy within its leadership, but I am mainly excited for this opportunity because of the disruptive business model that is core to their approach to service delivery. While most design and build firms focus heavily on either architecture or construction, Unispace is unique in how it excels in not only these areas but also in workplace strategy – a discipline that is even more relevant now in a COVID and post-COVID environment,’ Michael said. ‘This solutions-based, full-service approach to clients is in such demand with occupiers looking to reconfigure their spaces in the aftermath of the pandemic. It’s a model that is poised to take over the industry in the next five years, and Unispace will lead the charge.’
Born out of the global financial crisis 10 years ago, Unispace was established in Sydney, Australia, where it revolutionised the workplace delivery model with an industry-leading, integrated approach to strategy, design and construction. Founders and former joint CEOs, Gareth and Charles Hales, have moved into Advisory Board roles and will retain an intimate connection to the business.
‘A decade into the Unispace journey, it’s the right time for us to hand over the reins, so we can focus on five- to 10-year strategic projects, such as mergers and acquisitions and new service offerings, that will help us grow and enter new markets,’ Gareth said. ‘With Steven at the helm and Michael driving business development, we’re confident we’ll be able to accelerate our ambitious plans and set the business up for another 10 years of success.’
Charles added that Unispace has identified North America as a key growth market and that both Steven and Michael’s respective reputations and domestic connections will be key assets leverage and unlock opportunities in the U.S.
‘Having built a strong and resilient business, it’s very satisfying to be able to bring on board talent that deeply understands our clients’ challenges and needs from a whole portfolio perspective. Steven’s background working with Fortune 500 clients on a global portfolio basis will be invaluable in helping us provide holistic, strategic solutions over and above one-off project outcomes,’ Charles said.
Since it was established in 2010, Unispace has enjoyed rapid growth on the back of an integrated workplace methodology that brings together strategy, design, project management and construction. It operates out of 46 studios globally and has recently completed workplace projects for clients including Boston Scientific, BMW, Coca-Cola Amatil, Deliveroo, Johnson & Johnson, Facebook and Sonos. Unispace today operates across 25 countries and employs more than 600 people.