Retrofit : Volume 6 Issue 1 2017
42 • RETROFIT AUSTRALIA • VOLUME 6 NUMBER 1 | 2017 | End-of-trip Facilities Westfield), which also included treating an exposed sandstone wall in case of bad weather. A trafficable roof was installed to enable access to the services. The entire building and all car spaces were also already 100 per cent leased, and included the main loading dock for retailer H&M, making it an incredibly busy environment for works to be carried out in. 6 O’Connell Street Investa has carried out other retrofitting projects in busy CBD environments, having also delivered new end-of-trip facilities at 133 Castlereagh Street, 126 Phillip Street, 1 Market Street, 130 Pitt Street and, more recently, 6 O’Connell Street, Sydney. The installation of new end-of- trip facilities at 6 O’Connell Street was also part of a larger building refurbishment, which included a lobby and new retail tenancies. The 16,400-square-metre building features 25 levels of high-quality office space, and it is occupied by more than 40 tenants. Tenants are generally smaller companies that only require office suites but are looking to have a prime position in the CBD. The site currently has approximately 525 square metres available for lease. New and existing tenants can now enjoy the new ground-floor end-of-trip facilities, which boast three new female and male shower cubicles and changing room areas, 24 lockers, 35 bike racks, a daily fresh towel service, hair dryers and ventilated drying cabinets for storage of exercise clothes. Investa considered the environmental impact of these new facilities, and implemented environmentally sustainable design (ESD) elements, such as low-voltage LED lighting throughout the bathrooms and a gas-heated water system. In summary Investa has uncovered the benefits of retrofitting end-of-trip facilities into existing office buildings and found it to be a significant value-add initiative, both for its tenants and the environment. The upgrades enable tenants to leave their cars at home or skip the bus and instead cycle or, where possible, walk to work. This helps to support tenant organisations in their efforts to provide work-life balance to their employees, while also reducing the CBD’s carbon footprint. The growing demand for quality end-of-trip facilities has become a key criteria for tenants in Australia’s CBD office market, and these amenities are considered an essential requirement when seeking office space.
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