Retrofit : Volume 6 Issue 1 2017
40 • RETROFIT AUSTRALIA • VOLUME 6 NUMBER 1 | 2017 | End-of-trip Facilities A s part of Investa and co-owner Stockland’s $1.9-million upgrade of 135 King Street, Sydney, the building now boasts brand-new, state-of-the-art end-of-trip facilities. James Freeman, General Manager, Sydney CBD Portfolio, Investa, says: ‘Tenant feedback and increased use of the facilities is testament to the success of the project. ‘The new facilities provide a more accessible, clean and green working environment for tenants who can also enjoy a string of new luxurious features. These were designed to foster work-life balance, providing a smooth and comfortable transition between exercise and the workplace, and the opportunity to shower and change for evening events’. The facilities’ impact on the environment was also a key consideration, and equipment was carefully selected for its efficiency. LED lighting on movement sensors, timers on key equipment, and water- efficient shower fittings and taps ware were all installed to minimise the building’s carbon footprint. Tenant profile The retrofitting project took place over four months on site between May and August 2016, with the entire program (including design and the approvals process) spanning nine months. The building houses iconic international retail brands H&M and Zara Home on the ground floor below 23 levels of high-quality office space, comprising a combined total of approximately 32,600 square metres. Tenants occupying the office space are predominantly across the property, financial, IT and legal sectors, with major tenants including UXC Limited, Brookfield Australia Investments Limited, Russell Investments, InfoTrack, Regus and M&D Services. Launch The new end-of-trip facilities were launched in August last year, with an on-site event that attracted approximately 350 tenant staff. Guests were treated to healthy smoothies, complimentary massages and body health scans by Virgin Active, as well as a tour of the new facilities. As part of Investa’s commitment to engaging its tenants by managing the building, Investa ran a competition among tenants to name the new facilities. The name ‘Transition Zone’ took out the competition, with the winner receiving a night at QT Hotel Sydney. New facilities Freeman says, ‘Investa went above and beyond industry standards with the retrofitting project at 135 King Street, which not only incorporates brand-new bicycle storage, lockers and bathrooms, but also luxurious “value-add” services that have encouraged a new wave of tenants to ride to and from work, exercise before office hours and during lunch breaks, and generally take full advantage of the new end-of-trip facilities’. The new facilities include 98 bicycle racks in a secure cage area, with three different types of racks to accommodate cyclist preferences, including hanging racks, stack racks and push-in lock racks. Cyclists are required to register their bicycle to gain access, and there have been 80 registrations since last Increasing demand from tenants for end-of-trip facilities in Australia’s CBD offices is driving savvy asset managers to implement new and sustainable amenities in existing office spaces through retrofitting.
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