"The firm has invested heavily in the office fit-out to create a healthy and high-quality work environment that connects our staff," Hastings says. "Each floor has one single hub, or breakout space, that helps to create a sense of place and belonging. This is located near the stairs so that vertical and horizontal communication can be embraced.
"The programme provides a combination of non-traditional work practices, non-territorial activity settings and multiple work locations. This supports the enhanced mobility of teams and individuals and more effectively utilises the workspace. There are non-assigned desks, but each team has a designated area within the workplace. We have also provided hush rooms and discussion pods.
"We have incorporated views and vistas right through the interior, which means both sides of the building are connected via pathways. Sightlines are kept clear and different business teams are more connected, no matter where they are."
Technology features of the WorkSmart office include a wireless guest network, enhanced audiovisual and digital collaboration tools, a sophisticated meeting room management system, VOIP telephony and improved data management. Improved technology infrastructure also means less reliance on paper records Jones Lang LaSalle has reduced its paper storage by 60%.
Sustainability was a key driver for the design. The building itself is five-star Green Star-rated and was designed to maximise floorplate efficiency.
"Our own tenancy at 420 George Street was designed to achieve a five-star Green Star Office Interiors rating," says Nagrath. "Sustainability features include maximum natural light penetration and air ventilation to all work areas; energy-efficient lighting and movement sensors; central waste recycling facilities; workstations and furniture certified to Good Environmental Choice Australia standards; indoor plants; and facilities for cyclists, including showers."