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Jones Lang LaSalle celebrates 50 years in Queensland

BRISBANE, 20 June 2013 – This week there is a very special spring in the step of all the team at Jones Lang LaSalle as the firm celebrates 50 years as a property and business leader in Queensland.

Jones Lang LaSalle Queensland Managing Director Mr Geoff McIntyre, who himself recently celebrated 20 years with the global real estate leader, said the history of Jones Lang LaSalle in Queensland paralleled the development of Brisbane as a city.

“Ours is a history that parallels the arrival of Brisbane today as a leading city in a country that continues to challenge global economic trends,” said Mr McIntyre.
Reflecting on the foundation of the firm in Queensland in 1963, he credited his predecessor office bearers with pioneering achievements in the property industry.
“We recently took the time to look back at our history, from our origins in 1963, through the formative 1970s, the excitement of the 1980s, the challenges of the 1990s, into the new millennium and to today,” he said. “The firm in Queensland in the 60s was built on our relationships from our UK Pension and Insurance Funds clients who decided to invest in Australia, and asked Jones Lang Wootton to come with them on this exciting journey.” 
The first Jones Lang LaSalle Queensland office was at 316 Adelaide Street with local real estate professional Don Luscombe at the helm. As the Brisbane market continued to deepen and mature into the 1970s and early 80s, the baton of capital was largely handed to the then Australian-based developers and funds of the likes of Lend Lease, Colonial, AMP and Westfield.
Mr McIntyre said there were many defining moments in the evolution of the business. “The 1974 floods wiped out the Jones Lang LaSalle office in the Wool Exchange building on Eagle Street, (now the site of Riparian Plaza); and there is no doubt the merger with LaSalle Partners in 1999 was a transformational event for the business globally and in Queensland.”
He said the business had grown from minimal staff in the 1960s, to some 14 to 15 people in the 1970s, to a team of 250 professionals today.
“We are proud to have led leasing office developments in the late 1960s, and in turn the creation of investments, and the move away from being a largely owner-occupier market.  This concept of ‘investment in property’ led to Australia’s position as a global leader in listed property trusts and aggregate investment syndicates that exists today.” 
He said Jones Lang Lasalle’s partnerships had created the very footprint of Brisbane.
“Over 50 years we have been involved with the pivotal developments and decisions of the day - from the site amalgamation of some 77 leases with Lend Lease to create the city’s iconic Riverside precinct; to representing the Expo Authority in amalgamating the most complicated number of houses and properties to create the event site (now South Bank); to servicing iconic Queensland companies like Burns Philp all over the state; to convincing Suncorp to build Carindale Shopping Centre, one of the biggest shopping centres in this city, through to our most recent appointment to represent the State Government in the development tender of what will be Brisbane’s largest office complex in 1 William Street.”
Mr McIntyre paid tribute to all past and present staff at Jones Lang LaSalle for their contribution to the success of the Queensland office over the past 50 years. In particular, the Managing Directors who led the teams – Nigel Chamier, John Tormey, Ross McKinnon, Robin Piper and Stephen Conry, who went on to become the current CEO of the Australian business.
Jones Lang LaSalle Queensland is celebrating their 50th Anniversary with a cocktail event on Friday June 21 at The Brisbane Club.​