A Successful Activity Based Working Office
The 1,100 m2 new office has been designed around flexibility and productivity. It features purpose-built table layouts, a large staff breakout area, collaborative working spaces, two quiet spaces and three quiet conversation points. The workstations were selected to combine both organic and linear layouts, to provide flexibility in reshaping the configuration in the event of changes and create a greater sense of creativity in the space. The workstations are fitted with plug and play docking stations to enable an agile environment for staff, encouraging people to work with, and around, others.
The project was delivered in a truly collaborative managing contractor delivery model. We played a lead role in project managing the fitout with the design team, and this included a programme of internal change management for our people. The design intention was to minimise the working zone around the core and perimeters to improve movement/access and encourage informal meetings. Materials such as carpet tiles, vinyl flooring and plywood were sustainably sourced.
The building owner replaced the façade on our fit-out level to provide floor to ceiling glazing and increase light and external views. A high level of natural light, along with motion sensors and highly efficient LED lighting, contributes to low energy consumption.
To complement the new high-performance facade and replace the original perimeter, we designed an active chilled beam system (which also uses an induction process). Removing the ceiling made it possible to elevate the chilled beams and this, combined with the open ceiling, creates a greater sense of openness.
Building services were designed in BIM for clash detection and it also provided the mechanism to carefully coordinate and align services that were part of the design aesthetic. The internal areas maintain the original variable volume system with new swirl air diffusers.
To cater for the high-load areas, a number of elevated loft meeting pods are served by a Variable Refrigerant Flow System (VRF) that complements the chilled beams in our larger presentation/meeting rooms. The pod air conditioning units are under the raised floor, while the larger rooms use a more traditional above ceiling arrangement.
Benefits of a New Environment
Overall, the changes to our workplace in Adelaide has had a positive effect on our employees. Greater workplace flexibility has improved productivity, and the promotion of informal meetings has enhanced the office culture. Our large breakout area has enabled us to host successful events contributing to business development.