For Dorn, the building’s most exceptional feature is the thought that has been put into the health and wellbeing of workers in the building.
“A special characteristic of this design is the end-of-trip facility in the building, with bike parking, showers and a gym of a quality that is unparalleled in Parramatta,” Dorn says. “It gives workers more opportunity to ride their bike into the city, then change and prepare for their day in an amazing facility that is almost spa-like in its design and objective.”
This area also has the potential for yoga studios to provide lunchtime and after-work classes and, unlike many offices, the facilities have access to natural light.
“Ample daylight actually moves through the space,” says Dorn. “It has its own private gardens and it is a really beautiful and tranquil environment.”
Workers’ after-work life is also high on the agenda of 140 George Street, with a large retail area providing space for restaurants and bars, as well as a new public plaza off George Street wrapping around a sunken garden.
It’s been thought through carefully, with the aim of providing an accessible and welcoming space for staff to take time away from the office.
“The street level dining options that operate during lunch time and after-work hours invigorate the building throughout the entire day, which will make it a very attractive place to work,” Dorn says.
All this effort has been made not just to attract tenants but also to help tenants retain staff and keep them happy. The relationship between an individual and the building they work in is important. It’s where some people spend the majority of their waking hours during the working week, and so it’s hardly surprising that the environment affects how they feel.
“When the workforce is happier and healthier, they become more productive, less staff turnover occurs, and people stay in their positions longer within the company,” says Dorn. “So you are seeing a lot of those design elements work through into worker happiness and satisfaction. And that translates to businesses becoming more efficient.
“Staffing is one of the major costs in an organisation. If you can keep people and attract new staff because you are able to offer a fantastic workplace that is dynamic and interesting, that is good for the bottom line.”