To improve wellness and encourage best work practice, four of iCare’s diverse business units from various sites in Sydney’s CBD were consolidated into a new workplace promoting connectivity, communication and cultural change.

Promoting connectivity, the design included interconnecting stairs across all five floors with fire curtains installed to address the issues of smoke hazard management.

The main client floor included flexible spaces capable of expanding to allow presentations to 150 people.  A flexible air conditioning solution resolved the issue of limited base building provisions and enabled the occupants to adjust the environment to suit the changeable headcount for people’s comfort. The solution we provided used an existing connection to the façade on another floor which avoided any DA application processes and ensured the project was completed on time.

The project provided lots of small meeting and quiet areas for smaller working groups, but still included smart AV solutions to these areas for productivity. With limited structural penetrations allowed around core areas, wireless presentation was utilised within these rooms, giving the ability for staff to present to colleagues locally, or make video calls to others via their Skype for Business account.

With a 56 per cent improvement in staff satisfaction regarding health and productivity the project has been a great achievement for Frasers Property and the project team, promoting sustainability and wellness outside of what has traditionally lent itself to a CBD workplace.

Located in Rhodes, this building was originally designed and built for industrial use before being converted to office use. The fitout covers two storeys, with a large void created to open the connection between the two floors. This also serves as a presentation theatre with a large projector screen and a wide stair designed as both seating and access between floors.

With Frasers Property having an internal sustainability group and promoting green design, the project is targeting a 6 Star Green Star Interiors rating v1.1. It is only the second in Australia to receive this highly coveted WELL Building certification, with a GOLD rating and only one of 16 globally (GOLD certification).

As part of the design, services were exposed posing challenges with achieving Green Star & WELL building requirements for buildings services. One solution, provided by ADP, was the design of downlights with adjustable colour temperature to mimic the changes in daylight during working hours and achieve the melanopic lux levels required as part of the WELL Building rating.

This two storey fitout included a typical open office area, the creation of a mezzanine floor within a double height section of the fitout, meeting and presentation rooms, editing suites and recording studios, a comms room and rooftop garden. Sections of the build were within heritage areas of the building where services were exposed to create an industrial look which visually integrated into the buildings original brick aesthetic.

Meeting rooms were created with flexibility to be used in a multi-room configuration, or opened up into a town hall meeting scenario, including opening up the rooftop garden. Audio systems were installed in zones throughout the space for background music to add atmosphere where desired.

The editing suites and recording studios were created with additional acoustics properties, recording equipment, playback facilities, and digital manipulation suites. These were designed to allow designers to preview footage to clients on large wall displays and work instantaneously to modify and manipulate content. The air conditioning to these rooms was designed not only to handle the large heat output of the equipment, but also to allow the operators to have control of their environment and work in lower than normal temperatures as a preference.