Innovation

As buildings around the world become higher and smarter, and are built faster, revolutionary building materials and features are being developed to make structures last longer and cost less.

 Former Nazi Resort Gets 21st Century Resurrection

The global property services firm is piloting the use of robotics in the workplace

Collaboration is king in today’s workplace, with the popularity of co-working spaces enoying tremendous growth in recent years, new research shows. 

Do swings from the ceiling and Super Mario Kart have a place in today’s offices? We look at how office spaces have changed and why we’re kicking cubicles out the door for collaborative layouts and co-working hubs.

DEXUS Place is an intelligently designed, state-of-the-art premium meeting, training and conference facility with the latest collaborative technology designed with the convenience and ability to be used as an extension of DEXUS’s customers’ workplace.

This month, Investa Office (“Investa”) released its Financial Year 2015 Sustainability Report (“the report”) outlining key achievements in environmental performance, as well as in community, tenant and employee engagement.

Investa Office and Gwynvill Group (the “Owners”) have today announced that their redevelopment plans for 60 Martin Place have received Stage 2 Development Approval (“DA”) from the City of Sydney.

DEXUS Property Group (DEXUS) has established a new partnership with Diners Club to launch the DEXUS Diners Club Card, a charge card that provides a reward based rental payment option for DEXUS customers (tenants). 

DEXUS Property Group (DEXUS) today announced the launch of DEXUS Place, an intelligently designed, state-of-the-art premium meeting, training and conference facility with the latest collaborative technology. 

The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) today recognised Stockland for taking an industry-leading approach as the first Australian property company to make a portfolio commitment to the Green Star Performance rating tool.

Investa Office (“Investa”) this week formally launched its new national Tenant Engagement Program which is set to take its tenant retention strategy to the next level.

Open concept office floor plans have characterized modern offices for the past several years. But dissatisfaction with these wide open spaces, along with advances in technology that have brought about changes in how and where we can work and concerns about employee health, has caused many forward-looking companies to head back to the drawing board to make their office design more reflective of modern working styles.

Victorian pubs need to innovate to keep ahead of increasing competition as more retail outlets look to diversify their product offerings by including alcohol and food.

Putting plants in the office makes workers more productive, a study shows. Psychologists found that introducing greenery to spartan workplaces led to a 15 per cent rise in output.

There is a lot to think about when it comes to designing your new office space.... Ultimately, each company will seek to optimise its own particular working environment, whether that is by increasing productivity in a busy workplace, or to facilitate more effective team work, or to create a more inspiring environment to help individual creativity.

Woods Bagot have repurposed a WWII storage woolshed in Sydney’s Alexandria into a new flagship store for furniture and furnishing company Living Edge.

Brisbane Airport’s Five Lobelia Circle has been named a finalist in the 2015 Property Council of Australia Innovation and Excellence Awards.

Leading regional bank, Bank of Queensland (BOQ), expects this month’s relocation of its national headquarters to 100 Skyring at Newstead’s Gasworks precinct will further support the organisation’s ongoing operational and cultural transformation.

Once perceived as the central fixture of a successful workplace, the office cubicle is fast becoming an endangered species. 

Hotdesking, sometimes known as location independent working, is a relatively new practice in the workplace. In this system workers do not have their own desks but choose a different space to work in each day.

Reducing the Renewable Energy Target is a retrograde step, says the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).

Five stations built or upgraded as part of the $3.9 billion Regional Rail Link in Victoria have been awarded Green Star ratings.

Mirvac is pleased to announce the release of its 2014 Sustainability Report, which highlights the progress that has been made against the Group’s new Sustainability strategy, This Changes Everything, that was launched in January this year.

The first Green Star – Performance rating has been awarded to the GPT Group for 800 Bourke Street in Melbourne.

Amsterdam-based design studio Heldergroen has introduced ‘vanishing desks’ into its office in an effort to encourage employees to maintain a happy work-life balance.

The new Green Star – Design & As Built rating tool, released by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), will create sustainable places for everyone.

A clear head equals clear thinking which can lead to improved work results. Keeping your work space free of clutter helps productivity.

Eureka Funds Management is ahead of the curve with Sydney CBD’s first and only digital commercial leasing signboard showcasing features of 55 Clarence Street through dynamic, high-definition content and imagery.

Charter Hall’s innovative WorkZone buildings have been awarded Australia’s most up-to-date and prestigious 5 Star Green Star rating, positioning them as Perth’s ‘greenest’ office buildings.

From cars, computers, consumer electronics and clothes to mobile phones, microwaves and a multitude of gadgets, most of the ‘stuff’ within our consumer society was made to break.

There are certain factors that everyone knows affect workplace productivity, but there is one important factor often overlooked by most employers across the globe: lighting. 

Bare walls are now uncommon in a modern office, and incorporating art is a great way of adding visual interest to the workplace. 

Mirvac (“MGR”) is pleased to announce it has achieved a 5.0 Star NABERS Energy rating across the office portfolio, demonstrating its continued focus on excellence in sustainability. 

Leading property group Charter Hall has unveiled its new headquarters at No.1 Martin Place in Sydney, where smart office design is leading a revolution that is changing the way the business works and collaborates.

Between time spent commuting, working in the office and conquering an endless list of to-dos at home, a full day can go by without much, if any, time spent outdoors.

Rory Martin, National Sustainability Manager with dwp Suters, has been named the Green Building Council of Australia’s (GBCA’s) 2014 ‘Future Green Leader’.

More and more offices are finding alternatives to the traditional desk as research shows sitting for long periods is unhealthy. From desks that adjust, to standing desks and even treadmills, we thought we’d seen it all.

Our future workspace is set to evolve into a mixed environment where we can relax and play, according to a new Microsoft report – but there’s a decent chance that the majority of your staff won’t be there to use it, anyway.

The transformation of 50 Martin Place in Sydney into a sustainable, state-of-the art workplace has been awarded with a 6 Star Green Star – Office Design v3 rating.

With prospective tenants increasingly seeking office space in green buildings, what can commercial landlords do to make their older-style, energy-inefficient premises more eco-friendly?

The Australia and New Zealand real estate market is the world’s greenest, according to the latest Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark. 

Recently, Lorraine Farrelly from the University of Portsmouth anticipated that the buildings from our industrial past will become new and exciting places for the future.

Tough economic conditions and evolutionary changes in the working environment have forced businesses to rethink the way they operate. Within the Australian workforce, organisations previously content with the traditional office environment are realising that this no longer serves their business needs, and are instead looking to ‘workplaces of the future’ for inspiration. 

Designed by Andrew Bromberg of Aedas, the new regional headquarters for Lucasfilm Singapore is a commercial structure, clad in a state-of-the-art, multi-layered glass façade.

In 2014, CBRE has moved to New Way of Working culture, based on an agile working concept. Warsaw was the 6th CBRE office that has adopted its “Workplace 360” layout, following Amsterdam, Madrid, Los Angeles, Chicago and Prague. CBRE Building Consultancy provides occupiers and owners of real estate with technical and functional advice as well as input regarding the arrangement of interiors.