Lendlease pushes the envelope at new Barangaroo digs

by admin on July 13th, 2018

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Lendlease’s new offices at Barangaroo tower showcase the latest in office design. Photo: Anthony Johnson Lendlease’s new offices at Barangaroo tower 3 in Sydney are designed to showcase the latest in design concepts. Photo: Anthony Johnson
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Lendlease has entered a new era of workplace design with the opening of its new global headquarter at Barangaroo’s Tower three, which it designed and built.

Over time the same concept will be rolled out to its overseas-based offices in London and New York.

The other main new anchor Barangaroo tenants, all of which have looked to the future in office design, are St George, KPMG, BT Financial Group and lawyers Gilbert & Tobin.

To show what it can develop for clients, the global construction and infrastructure giant is now walking the walk in creating a modern office space that will offer a full range of the latest in design concepts.

While agile working, or hot desking, was the catch cry a few years ago, it is now all about wellness, team neighbourhoods and healthier lifestyles, including better nutrition options, standing desks to encourage more movement and natural materials and green spaces.

This will include using the new Well  Building Standard certification, whereby offices provide adjustable lighting over desks, consultation rooms for a variety of uses from pilates and yoga to personal issues and living plants to provide fresh air.

Lendlease will combine about 2000 staff from across five Sydney offices and occupy 11 floors.There will be access to more than 1000 bike racks and internally, 40 per cent of work stations are stand-up desks.

The group has been at The Bond in Hickson Road for the past 10 years. The property is owned by DEXUS Property and a number of new tenants are now looking at the vacant space.

Levels 13 and 14 at the new office are the heart of the Lendlease tenancy, featuring the “hero design” element, a six-metre-high, breathing green wall that incorporates more than 5000 plants.

According to Cate Harris, head of Lendlease workplace programs, who worked closely on the new design, the  modular green wall system is scientifically proven to accelerate the removal of air pollutants, such as carbon dioxide and volatile organic compounds. In addition, it cools the surrounding air temperature, resulting in energy efficiency and health and wellbeing gains.

The office design is based on a team-based working model, where instead of belonging to an individual desk, employees belong to a team neighbourhood of 15 to 20 people. Each neighbourhood has access to a range of spaces.These include a team table to be the anchor point for each team and working walls for visual communication and enclosed spaces known as pods for staff requiring a quiet space. */]]>

Lendlease chief executive Steve McCann said after a decade of creating then developing the $6 billion Barangaroo South project, which comprises the three international office towers, the residential component, the Barangaroo Reserve and the now under-construction Crown resort, the proof is there that the area is the most modern offering for a modern city.

“Our new home brings innovative thinking to the challenge of the 21st century workplace. It combines the best of both traditional workplace strategies and new ways of working – connecting people, knowledge and teams to deliver more seamless communication and better results.”

For the staff there is also the now-expected concierge service, as well as a partnership with Food Rascal, a company within the Alder Road Food Group, to provide a cafe and collaboration space.

But staff habits hold great power in the structure of the workplace and companies looking to roll out new workplace strategies must be aware of this, or risk the success of any initiative they try to implement, according to global commercial real estate firm JLL.

“Our brain is happy in the absence of change,” said JLL’s associate director of Workplace Strategy, Nathan Sri. “It’s important for companies to realise this because the future of the workplace is changing. Many staff have long-ingrained habits relating to their work space, and the power of habit is the single biggest risk to workplace change programs.”

Ms Harris said the process of educating staff for the new offices started a while ago to ensure a smooth transition and to cater for all generations

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