• TENANT HIGHLIGHT: TeleMedC in Focus

    December 3rd, 2020 | by
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    The Suites by Graystone has the opportunity to work and build relationships with incredible businesses and their teams and working with TeleMedC is no different. We sat down with CEO, Founder and Chair of the Board, Para Segaram to tell us more about TeleMedC as  they are paving the way for accessible retinal imaging with Artificial Intelligence software.

    What is TeleMedC currently working on?

    We are currently working on portable, retinal image grading technologies that will be delivered at low-cost to pharmacies, community clinics and primary care providers in the world market. This technology automates and speeds up the diagnosis and detection of many chronic eye diseases including Diabetic Retinopathy and Glaucoma.

     

    What Is Diabetic Retinopathy?

    Diabetes affects over 1.7 million Australians and one third show signs of Diabetic Retinopathy. Diabetic Retinopathy is a condition where blood vessels in the back of the eye begin to bleed. As the condition worsens the leakage damages the patient’s eyesight. For diabetics, it is the world’s leading cause of vision loss or even blindness.

     

    How does the device work?

    Our portable scanning device, the EyeScan R2 is a fundus imaging camera, a non-invasive device that takes photos of the back of the eye. Due to its relative small size and low price in comparison to much larger, more expensive cameras that can only be found at eye specialists’ clinics and/or hospitals, it allows Family/GP clinics, pharmacies, etc. to have an easy to use camera to screen Diabetic Retinopathy and other eye diseases in a fast, efficient and very accurate way. Our AI Diabetic software has been TGA certified in Australia, CE marked in Europe and HSA certified in Singapore. 

    How will this technology help in future?

    Our screening/grading system will greatly help vast numbers of people to be screened whom, otherwise would not check their eyes. It is/will be extremely useful in the prevention of Diabetic Retinopathy, a precursor of Diabetes.  These eye screenings are very accurate (97%), very fast (within 2 minutes) and very affordable. 

    Our combined system of the EyeScan2 + our integrated AI technology can be placed in any family clinic or pharmacy where people can be screened without the need to go to an eye specialist. It is the first step towards a predictive and preventive eye care. It is significantly less expensive and less time consuming than a visit to an eye doctor: it is fast, reliable and affordable.

    Our system not only detects the disease as it grades the disease as mild, moderate or severe alerting the patient to see an eye specialist if necessary. A referral can be given at the time if performed during a GP visit. This allows patients to be screened as part of an overall health check and work with the GP in the best way to manage the disease. Further to this, by making screenings affordable and available in many locations allows a vast number of people, who would not otherwise be screened. It decreases the overall burden on hospitals allowing the eye specialists/surgeons to focus on the most needed cases and eye surgeries, reducing the overall costs of healthcare.

    Having our system in place as a basic tool in predicting and preventing eye disease allows large populations to have access to affordable and easy eye screenings that if not timely detected can lead to unnecessary blindness.

    For more information on TeleMedC please visit https://www.telemedc.com/.

     

  • Next-Generation Childcare Centre for Brisbane Technology Park

    December 3rd, 2020 | by
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    Construction is underway at Sunkids’ newest, state-of-the-art childcare facility being built within the Brisbane Technology Park.

    The Brisbane Technology Park community has long awaited an on-site childcare centre, further improving the precinct amenity and work-life balance for the thousands of parents who spend their weeks at BTP. Sunkids General Manager Reyhaan Omar said the choice to open a new centre in Brisbane Technology Park came from the increased demand from parents to access quality childcare within walking distance of their workplace.

    “Imagine how meaningful to the parents and children it is going to be commuting to the workplace together. Parents having the opportunity to have lunch with their child before going back to work. In this day and age, making the most of these meaningful experiences is of utmost importance. Sunkids are proud to be able to offer this to families of Brisbane Technology Park.”

    Sunkids have introduced new initiatives for added convenience to working families including complimentary morning coffee, flexible sessions of care to suit parent’s work schedules, a ‘Transitioning Back to Work Program’ for new parents, and complimentary chef-prepared sit-down lunches for parents to be able to escape the office and enjoy a meaningful dining experience with their child.

    Slated for a January 2021 opening, the new childcare and kindergarten at 69 Brandl Street will set a new benchmark for childcare facilities within Australia with their one-of-a-kind semi-outdoor playscape area, tipped as a ‘tropical oasis in an office park.’

    The converted warehouse space will feature an Atelier Art Studio, Alfresco Dining Piazza, interior tropical forest and sandpits, free flowing creek beds, a bike track, performance stage, and interactive garden beds.

    There is also a second-level Japanese-style Zen Garden featuring a bamboo forest, tranquil water features, hanging greenery, and a quiet reading sanctuary, all shaded by a large cherry blossom tree.

    This unique area will be beaming with natural light and fresh air through 25 custom built skylights and multiple 4m tall bifold doors opening up to bring the outside in.

    Catering to children from 6 weeks old through to school age and offering a Government-approved Kindergarten program, the 101-licence placed childcare centre provides all extra-curricular activities including sports, yoga, music and dance, all meals and snacks, nappies and wipes and more in a daily set fee.

    Early enrolments are now open and filling fast, to enquire visit: sunkids.com.au/brisbanetechnologypark

     

  • FIFTH OFFICE BUILDING FOR NORTHSHORE HAMILTON

    December 3rd, 2020 | by
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    The Graystone construction team have returned to BTP Northshore to deliver the fifth commercial office building at the precinct.

    Once complete, 385 Macarthur Avenue will provide more than 3,500 square metres of lettable area across three levels and target a 5 star NABERS energy rating.

    Designed by renowned Brisbane architect BlightRayner, whose team are behind some of Brisbane’s most iconic projects including the Goodwill and Kurilpa bridges, flood resistant ferry terminals and the Brisbane Magistrates Court, 385 Macarthur Avenue is set to raise the bar for contemporary suburban office design.

    The property will feature high quality internal finishes and include a luscious green ‘third space’ outside the building to deliver additional shaded informal meeting and recreation areas. Located on the doorstep of the recently completed Kingsford Smith Drive bikeway, resident tenants will benefit from premium end of trip facilities and bicycle storage.

    Interest in the project has elevated with increased demand from traditionally CBD occupiers looking to relocate to more “COVID-safe” buildings with higher car parking availability in the suburbs. Spaces are filling fast, with tenancies still available from 200-2,000 square metres and available from July 2021.

    Please contact to request an IM or gain more information about this exciting project.

     

  • SEQ URBAN PRECINCTS REPORT: Reveals confidence in market recovery

    November 3rd, 2020 | by
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    South East Queensland’s suburban office market has demonstrated remarkable resilience in 2020, with a new survey highlighting the underlying confidence in the state’s economic recovery, plans for growth, and their top policy priorities in the upcoming State Election.

    Graystone’s inaugural South East Queensland Urban Precincts Report surveyed 105 tenants across its three Business Technology Precincts (BTP) – Brisbane Technology Park in Eight Mile Plans, Westlink Green in Darra and Northshore Hamilton.

    The survey captured tenant views of their business performance in Q3 2020, future outlook, and the election priorities most important to the sector.

    Respondents across the three BTP precincts comprised a range of small, medium and large businesses of 1 – 5 employees (42.3%), 6 – 15 employees (17.3%), 16 – 50 employees (26.9%), 51 – 100 employees (7.7%) and over 100 employees (7.7%).

    Of these, 44.2% said they planned to increase their workforce in Q4 2020.

    Attitudes towards SEQ’s economic performance were surveyed across four indexes for Q3 2020 with the findings summarised below.

     

     

     

     

     

    Respondents ranked job creation as the most important policy area in the upcoming State Election, followed closely by small business subsidies/concessions (i.e. electricity), and at equal third – border openings/supply chain restoration and maintaining strict health controls.

    Graystone’s Director of Developments & Property Management, Kirsty Heymink said BTP’s tenants and employees are uniquely positioned to share their sentiments and insights as the focus on market recovery looks to the suburbs for solutions.

    “The open format of suburban office parks and limited reliance on public transport offsets many challenges created by COVID-19 in our CBDs,” Ms Heymink said. “In this regard, suburban office parks have incredible appeal. Their expansive outdoor areas, low density, surplus parking and accessible urban setting enables businesses to spread their workforce across larger, more flexible spaces within one expansive precinct.

    “This approach enables companies to keep some degree of separation between team members without having to sacrifice productivity and collaboration.”  

    Tenants who participated in the survey ranked on-site parking, staff convenience and access to major transport networks as the top three drivers for basing their operations from a suburban business park, followed by lease rate differentiation/value, flexibility of scale, and proximity to clients.

    Thirty-five per cent said a CBD location provided no additional benefit to their business.

    The SEQ Urban Precincts Survey will be released each quarter to index business confidence, policy priorities and growth in SEQ’s suburban office market and share the findings across the sector.

    If you are looking to relocate your business and are interested to know more about BTP please contact our friendly and knowledgeable leasing team on 3368 9099, or alternatively have a look at our current listings.

     

  • BACK TO THE FUTURE: The Rise of Suburban Office Parks in New COVID Era

    May 27th, 2020 | by
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    Australia’s identity in the new COVID-era has been likened to the early 1980s, with an emerging manufacturing sector, home grown innovation, and the rise of the suburban office park.

    As Back to the Future debuted in cinemas in 1985 with a fresh-faced Michael J Fox, the 33 ha Brisbane Technology Park was making its own debut in Eight Mile Plans, 15km south-east of the Brisbane CBD.

    It is a concept that has stood the test of time, with its open outdoor spaces, low density, surplus parking, and accessible urban setting showing strong appeal to businesses planning a future in the new COVID world.

    Graystone Group, which has overseen the growth of the BTP precinct since 2001, says the open format of suburban office parks offsets many challenges being experienced by their CBD counterparts.

    Graystone’s Director of Developments & Property Management, Kirsty Heymink, said the precinct is home to more than 200 businesses and expected the number to grow as COVID restrictions begin to ease.

    “There is still a level of positivity in the market, despite the challenges we’ve all faced,” she said.

    “In recent weeks we have started fielding new enquiries from small to medium-sized businesses who are looking to spread their workforce across larger, more flexible spaces. The green shoots are emerging, albeit cautiously, and we’re in an excellent position to nurture them.”

    Ms Heymink said Brisbane Technology Park has evolved sustainably over time to deliver a leading master planned precinct of premium A-grade equivalent office buildings, serviced office suits, a boutique hotel, casual dining, and expansive outdoor amenity.

    “Business parks have the luxury of space and master planning, so larger floor plates are commonplace and replace the need for excessive building heights,” Ms Heymink said.

    “Buildings range between one and three levels and feature secure stair access, creating less reliance on lifts. The office park model also enables businesses to spread their workforce over multiple locations to mitigate risk, with flexible lease terms.

    “This approach enables companies to keep some degree of separation between team members without having to sacrifice productivity and collaboration, while maintaining the benefits of social interaction, idea sharing, and a supportive workplace culture.  

    “There is also a reduced dependence on public transport, with ample free street parking and low-cost onsite parking. These are an attractive proposition for companies grappling with how their workforce can function safely, and productively, until a vaccine for COVID is available.”  

    Ms Heymink said COVID has proven to many businesses that working from home, while achievable in the short term, brings its own challenges of isolation, poor network infrastructure, and lessened productivity.

    “While there is still an important and undeniable place for offices in our future, they may not be as CBD-centric as they once were,” she said.

    In addition to Brisbane Technology Park, Graystone Group also manages BTP Westlink Green in Darra, and BTP Northshore Hamilton.

    Graystone Group

    Established in 1985, Graystone Group manages commercial office assets across Brisbane Technology Park, Westlink Green and Northshore Hamilton. Its core operations include precinct development, construction, project management, property management, and investment. The Queensland Government appointed Graystone as Development Manager for the 33ha Brisbane Technology Park precinct in 2001.

    If you are looking to relocate your business and are interested to know more about BTP please contact our friendly and knowledgeable leasing team on 3368 9099, or alternatively have a look at our current listings.

     

  • Movers and shakers: Presidian Group

    June 13th, 2018 | by
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    Every month new businesses join the BTP community. This month we spoke to spoke to Andre Beeson, State Manager (QLD and NT) of the Presidian Group.

    Andre Beeson, State Manager, Presidian Group

    Andre Beeson, State Manager, Presidian Group

    What does the Presidian Group specialise in?

    The Presidian Group of companies is comprised of a range of financial services companies that offer products to both the B2B and B2C markets, including finance brokerage, salary packaging, novated leasing, operational leasing, retail insurance and warranty products.

    What influenced your decision to move to Brisbane Technology Park?

    When looking for new office space, we found Brisbane Technology Park provided the perfect balance between the convenience of a suburban office without having to compromise on the surrounding amenity and corporate culture. Being able to benefit from the cost savings of being outside the CBD, while still having access to premium facilities and surrounded by a good community culture is a real advantage for Presidian Group.

    How has the move to Brisbane Technology Park affected the Presidian team?

    From an operational perspective, the move was a great success. Everything came together on time and was executed seamlessly, which meant we had no downtime during the move. At Presidian Group we’ve always had a great corporate culture, but since moving to our new office at 29 Brandl Street, the morale of the team elevated instantly. Having access to not only a brand new office, but also brand new premium facilities in the building has made a big change.

    Do you have an existing relationship with any BTP occupants or do you see an opportunity for future relationships?

    Our parent company has for some time held their IT disaster management systems onsite here at Brisbane Technology Park. Throughout the 2011 Brisbane floods, this was critical to the business continuing to operate. On a day to day basis our retail financial services division will benefit from cross promoting and building relationships with the wide range of companies operating within the park.

    In what ways do you think being a part of the BTP community will help your company grow?

    Brisbane Technology Park in Eight Mile Plains holds an excellent geographical position which really suits our business. The facilities in the park are excellent, and the public transport opportunities are great for attracting potential staff in the future, as our business continues to grow.

  • Myths and Reality of the Suburban Economy

    April 4th, 2017 | by

    Written by THE SUBURBAN ALLIANCEhttps://www.suburbanalliance.com.au/myths-realities

    MYTH: All the jobs are in the Brisbane CBD and inner city.

    REALITY: Based on the Census, the CBD accounts for about 12% of jobs in the wider metropolitan region. Including inner city suburbs (Milton, Spring Hill, South Brisbane, Fortitude Valley, Bowen Hills) this rises to nearly 20%. Meaning that the vast majority of jobs are in suburban centres throughout the metropolitan area. The reality is that, across South East Queensland, nine out of ten jobs are outside the inner city.

    MYTH: Everyone wants to live close to the CBD or inner city.

    REALITY: The share of people living in the inner city (CBD plus inner ring suburbs) is only 15% of the metropolitan region. Some 85% – the overwhelming majority – live in suburban areas. Not only this, but the growth of suburban populations is actually increasing by a factor of 8 to 1 compared with inner city populations. 

    MYTH: More public transport is the only solution to our congestion.

    REALITY: Public transport is used by around 8% of people across the metropolitan region. While essential to the efficient operation of our metropolitan region, the reality is that public transport mostly serves the minority of the population with jobs in the inner city. For the vast majority of people living and working in suburban markets, improvements to congestion and reduced travel times – for commuting and work related trips – will mean enhancements to our road networks are equally as important as upgrades to public transport. 

    MYTH: The jobs of the future will mostly be inner city 

    REALITY: Future industries and “knowledge workers” in fields like health, scientific, professional and technical roles, will likely have less – not more – need for centralisation in inner city locations. Many need to be near their clients and if these are suburban based, it makes little sense to take on high occupancy costs, high parking  costs and slow access and egress of the inner city. Our research will reveal than many new economy businesses are voting
    with their feet in favour of suburban business districts and office parks, which means these centres deserve just as much policy support as the city centre.

    Written by THE SUBURBAN ALLIANCEhttps://www.suburbanalliance.com.au/myths-realities

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