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Council Approval Services

Because development and planning law varies from state to state and from council to council, it can often be confusing to work out when you need to seek formal approval for your project.

Thoughtspace can now help you navigate the labyrinth that is development approvals. We can arrange approval for your project, whether it’s an addition/alteration to your home, a commercial or retail/ hospitality fit-out project, a change of use of your commercial premises or even the installation of a generator.

Most development and design projects require some form of approval before work can commence, however, the State Environmental Planning Policy – Exempt and Complying Development exempts certain minor development from the formal development consent process.  Recent amendments have been made to these laws to help streamline the approvals process, however large fines still apply if unauthorised work is undertaken, so it’s worth getting it right!

Regardless of whether

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Hachette Sydney

Thoughtspace is excited to be part of the redefining of Australian publishing with the recent re-think of the Hachette Australia’s Sydney office.

Hachette Australia is a leading Australian trade publishing house based in Sydney, and owned by Hachette Livre, one of the world’s largest publishers. With the dynamics of publishing changing rapidly, publishing houses are redefining their business models and their workplaces are evolving to suit a new way of working.

Thoughtspace worked with Hachette to design flexible spaces to accommodate large informal team meetings, small informal meetings and quiet contemplative tasks but which can also be transformed into a hospitable space for book launches and other events whenever required.

Our brief was to create a relaxed and informal collegiate feel for the new space which would be welcoming for staff, writers, editors and other visitors. We achieved this through the careful selections of furniture, and the generous use

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Give, Get Given

Thoughtspace is excited to be working with the Glebe Justice Centre to transform a wonderfully grand old building in Glebe into a centre which can be used for multiple community purposes including the newly established Glebe Justice Centre. The Centre will be focus on rights-based approaches to community development.

As part of our graduate program, our senior staff are volunteering their time to mentor young designers to create designs for the centre and to minimise costs for this innovative not-for-profit centre.

The first stage of our involvement was to create a colour scheme ready for an Optus RockCorps makeover last weekend.  RockCorps is an international pro-social production company founded by Stephen Greene in 2003 that uses music to inspire young people to volunteer and get involved in their community.

So far over 150,000 volunteers have given 4 hours of their time (that’s more than 550,000 hours in total!) to

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Having a screen of a time

What does a design team do for fun? More designing of course!

For our end of year celebrations the team enjoyed trying their hands at a screen printing workshop with the talented (and very patient) Kate Banazi at her studio at Koskela followed by a scrumptious lunch at Kitchen by Mike.

Whilst we didn’t discover the next Florence Broadhurst we had a lot of fun cutting templates, mixing paint and generally experimenting with shape, colour pattern and line. Being forever inventive, Selena (our design director) fashioned some of the finished product into unique, last minute gift tags and some even made it into frames.

Take a look at the team in action

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Our New Studio

As well as getting our new website up and running we have also been busy finding a new home for Thoughtspace and we are thrilled to be settling into our new studio in the historic Grafton Bond Building, an 1891 bond store building facing Hickson Road and overlooking Barangaroo. Now part of the Maritime Trade Towers Centre, with the main entrance at 201 Kent Street, the building is an inspiring collection of creative suites. We love its high timber ceilings, large windows, fabulous views and friendly neighbours.

Taking our commitment to sustainability in design and business seriously we made a commitment to fit- out the new studio using the “3R Philosophy” – reduce, reuse and recycle. This was underpinned by a “not buy anything new” promise – so everything you see in our new home is second hand, upcycled or in the case of our high quality desks and

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“Pop Up” hits Townsville

Sighted as early as the 1990s in large urban cities such as Tokyo, London, Los Angeles and New York City, pop-up shops and pop-up retail are temporary retail spaces that sell merchandise of any kind.

They are always short term, usually located in high foot traffic areas and are often used to launch a new product, generate awareness, move stock, test a retail concept or increase the brands “cool factor” .

We had some fun recently, taking the “pop-up store” concept to Townsville, creating a pop-up café in an unused space in Townsville airport, which has allowed the airport owners to test the viability of using the space in this way, without significant set up costs. Check it

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