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A model example of activity-based workspace on Sydney Harbour

With the needs of a leading financial institution in mind, Brookfield Multiplex, the developer, wanted to build an innovative workplace that would prioritise health and productivity, indoor environment quality, energy efficiency and flexible work settings, while at the same time be a bold architectural addition to Sydney’s ‘upand-coming’ business precinct, King Street Wharf. This vision attracted the attention of Macquarie, the global investment bank and financial services group, which decided to relocate its headquarters offices into the development. Macquarie wanted to pioneer an activity-based work (ABW) space at One Shelley Street that would facilitate its workers’ wellbeing, and support crosscollaboration and creativity.

WSP was awarded the base building works through a longstanding client relationship with Brookfield Multiplex and the fit out works through subsequent engagement with Macquarie. Our multidisciplinary team worked in close partnership with main architect Clive Wilkinson Architects, and together with fit-out designer Woods Bagot and the construction team, to design 33,000 sq. ft. of ABW over 11 floors. One of the drivers for ABW was the occupancy efficiency that could be achieved.

As Macquarie Bank had emerged as the sole tenant at an early stage, the design team was able to customise the base building to meet the bank’s needs, satisfying Macquarie’s requirement for flexible and productive workspace, as well as fulfilling Brookfield Multiplex’s design brief.

Amongst Brookfield Multiplex’s key objectives was an expansion of the net lettable area and this was achieved by constraining the services zone on a floor-by-floor basis through the use of an innovative HVAC system leading to the creation of an extra floor in the building within a strict overall height limit.