EXCLUSIVE: THE global headquarters of insurance company Youi will include a public outdoor plaza with a table tennis table, public recreational facilities, a park and cafe, Youi and its construction team have today revealed. 

The $68mil first stage of construction will begin at Sippy Downs in weeks, with the first sod turned by Youi Group CEO Howard Aron (pictured in video) and Sunshine Coast mayor Mark Jamieson this morning. 

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The four level building will eventually accommodate up to 3000 staff, with the first stage housing up to 1700, managing director of KHA Project Management Paul Blair told the Daily in an exclusive interview at the construction site this morning. 

A connection road and pedestrian pathways will link the development to The University of the Sunshine Coast, which is a stone's throw from the site. 

On-site electricity generators and a sophisticated data backup system and water storage would help ensure the insurance business has its own protections in place, Mr Blair said.  

"If the power goes down, they lose an enormous amount of money," he said. 

"What they can't afford is for the power to go down, and the phones to go down, and stop people making calls. 

"So we have a power generation system here that will entirely power this building on its own through these generators."

EARLIER: INSURANCE giant Youi is now set to begin construction of its global headquarters at Sippy Downs.

The company, which is the Sunshine Coast's largest private sector employer, announced plans for the new facility in March last year.

Youi will relocate from its existing offices on the banks of Lake Kawana at Birtinya to the new 15,000sq m, four level facility near the University of the Sunshine Coast in Sippy Downs.

Youi Group CEO Howard Aron and Sunshine Coast mayor Mark Jamieson with the Hutchinsons Builders, Project Urban and KHA Project Management team behind the new Youi headquarters.
Youi Group CEO Howard Aron and Sunshine Coast mayor Mark Jamieson with the Hutchinsons Builders, Project Urban and KHA Project Management team behind the new Youi headquarters. Patrick Woods

The new building will be able to accommodate up to 1700 staff members when stage one of the project is complete in November next year. 

Youi Group CEO Howard Aron said the commencement of the firm's new global headquarters was a boost for the whole business including its current 900 staff complement on the Sunshine Coast.  

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"We will also provide up to 1300 car parks for our staff so we're very confident that we won't see a repeat of the parking congestion which caused so many issues at our existing head office," Mr Aron said. 

Mr Aron said that in keeping with Youi's philosophy of supporting local business, the firm has engaged a number of Sunshine Coast based businesses in the building process including Hutchinson Builders, KHA Project Management, Project Urban, Place Design, JF&P Engineering, Empire Engineering and MRP Hydraulics. 

"We anticipate that around 1200 construction jobs alone will be created as a result of this stage one development which is a massive boost for the local economy," he said.

"Employing so many local firms reinforces our commitment to the Sunshine Coast and it's great that we can spend this money locally." 

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said he was "delighted" Youi had achieved this important milestone. 

"The start of construction of their new headquarters is fantastic news and greatly welcomed by our Council," Cr Jamieson said. 

"This is yet another sign of the confidence that exists and is continuing to grow in the Sunshine Coast, with nearly $3.5 billion in private sector investment getting underway on the Coast in just the last week. 

"Youi Group CEO Howard Aron has a very clear picture on the advantages of running an international business from the Sunshine Coast and that should prove an inspiration to many others about the locational advantages that our region offers. 

"Youi and Council have a strong relationship that goes back nearly 10 years, during which time their business has grown from an innovative start-up to become one of our region's major employers. 

"Over that time, the Sunshine Coast has become one of the strongest performing regional economies in Queensland and enjoying some of the strongest levels of business confidence seen in the region's recent history. 

"Youi's great success story shows that the Sunshine Coast offers strong opportunities to establish, grow and operate a global undertaking from our region. 

"Most particularly - and on behalf of our community - our Council welcomes the new employment that Youi is generating both from the construction of their new headquarters and the expansion of their business. 

"This not only stimulates confidence in our economy and for local businesses who are playing a role in this development, but also generates confidence in our community that greater employment opportunities are available locally." 

Mr Aron said the second stage of construction would see a 10,000sq m wing added to the new headquarters, which will eventually accommodate up to 3000 staff members.