Nova Systems moves a mile to the CBD

Last updated 05 Apr, 2023

Engineering services and technology solutions company Nova Systems has made the move from Mile End to the city, supported by the Adelaide Economic Development Agency’s Welcome to Adelaide program.

The company moved 150 staff into its newly fit-out, open plan space located at 169 Pirie Street as it continues to rapidly expand.

Nova Systems specialises in systems engineering advisory and management services, alongside advanced digital technology, software and systems integration solutions.

Nova Systems Chief Executive Officer Jim McDowell said the company’s new Adelaide HQ was a significant achievement for the business.

“Our Adelaide office move is a really exciting step forward for Nova Systems as we relocate into newer and more modern premises at a time when the business continues to rapidly expand in Australia, and across the world,” Mr McDowell said.

“Nova Systems is continuously recruiting and looking for the best and brightest minds to support our mission to ensure Australia remains safe and secure and we hope our new office space in the heart of the city is another reason to entice people to work with us."

Nova Systems, which now has 650 staff, was founded in 1999 in Adelaide and has offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra and Newcastle. 

It also has a presence in New Zealand, Singapore, Norway, the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The company took advantage of the AEDA's Welcome to Adelaide program that supports firms and their staff who are relocating to or expanding in the CBD.

As part of the initiative, AEDA can provide customised ‘Welcome to Adelaide’ tote bags for companies moving into 5000 and 5006 that include introductory offers at locations such as Adelaide Aquatic Centre, Rundle Mall, Adelaide Central Market, UPark and the North Adelaide Golf Course.

AEDA Acting Managing Director Greg Ratsch looked forward to the contribution both the company and its workers would have on the CBD.

“Occupancy in the city has improved in the past quarter, which is a positive sign of traders wanting to capitalise on workers returning,” Mr Ratsch said.

“We expect to see many more companies choose the city as a place to do business in 2023.”

He said there was a demand in the city for refurbished offices.

“In Adelaide, there is a high demand for A grade stock, movement towards refurbished B grade stock and increasing vacancies in C and D grade stock,” Mr Ratsch said.

“Examples include companies such as Telstra and the banks moving from secondary stock to prime stock, where simultaneously businesses such as CoreLogic, Tic:Toc, Plenti and Fivecast are transitioning into refurbished office space in the CBD.”

Nova Systems is the latest in a string of companies to establish an office in the CBD, joining firms such as Accolade Wines, Microsoft, Nokia, Google, Accenture, Perks, Plenti, Lutheran Homes, Bureau of Meteorology. Fivecast and Jigsaw in making the move.

Find out more about the Welcome to Adelaide program here.

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