Telstra’s hybrid working future at a new office in Adelaide’s CBD
A showcase of hybrid working, energy efficiency as well as modern meeting and collaboration spaces for our teams are some of the key features of Telstra’s new Adelaide office, when the company’s Adelaide-based staff move from 30 Pirie St to new premises at 60 King William Street in 2023.
Doug Hall, Telstra’s Property Transaction Principal, said “Telstra’s Adelaide home has been at 30 Pirie St since the late 1980s. This will be an opportunity for Telstra to put into place an office of the future, based on hybrid and flexible working and with spaces for true collaboration and team interaction.”
Telstra’s new offices will consist of approximately 6,000 square metres of office space across two levels. The new site will feature a mix of collaboration zones, office meeting room spaces and an open-air meeting space.
“Our new Adelaide office will take the best parts of our other office environments, including desks that our people can book on demand, and introduce new ways of working including larger and more open collaboration and meeting spaces, where teams can come together in a modern and flexible environment,” said Mr Hall.
Combined with Telstra’s introduction of ‘location agnostic’ approach for all office and contact centre-based roles, it means people can do roles from any location, opening the talent pool beyond the typical CBD, and changing the way Telstra is designing offices of the future.
“Telstra has undertaken extensive consultation with its people over the past 18 months about workplaces of the future and hybrid working, and we’re now using this feedback to help finalise designs for our Adelaide office.
“Before COVID, our people were already working from home about two days a week and they’re now telling us they will probably look to work from home three to four days a week. About 90% of our people say they’re as or more productive from home as they are in the office.
“Our new Adelaide office will showcase the future of hybrid work, where our people can come together for training, collaboration, and connection rather than the more traditional model of 9 to 5 deskwork,” said Mr Hall.
The new Adelaide offices are the first major revamp of a Telstra corporate office since COVID and the learnings and insights gained here will shape the way Telstra design office spaces in the future.
The 10-year Adelaide deal builds on Telstra’s long-term relationship with Charter Hall, with the company currently occupying Charter Hall managed premises in Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane.
Carmel Hourigan, Charter Hall Office CEO, said this new agreement underpins the strength of our partnership and reflecting Charter Hall’s ability to deliver high quality, technology enabled buildings to meet the needs of Telstra’s business.
“We look forward to welcoming Telstra to 60 King William Street, which is set to raise the bar for innovative and sustainable workplaces in South Australia. It will offer a vibrant meeting place for tenants customers, visitors, and the broader community, with a range of food and beverage options, a ground floor retail precinct and a variety of amenities that add to the fabric of Adelaide’s CBD,” said Ms Hourigan.
60 King William Street is a mixed-use development offering 39,000 sqm of office space across 13 floors. Targeting a 6-star Green Star rating, 5-star NABERS Energy Rating and WELL Platinum certification, the building will be powered by 100% renewable energy and include an all-electric mechanical central plant and climate friendly refrigerant.
The site will offer a range of innovative features, which will be technology-enabled throughout with real-time data. Building users will also benefit from a touchless secure entrance, touchless bathroom amenities, a wellness centre, electric vehicle charging, a business hub, efficient 3,000sqm floor plates, and the first sky lobby in Adelaide.
Construction of the $450m 60 King William Street development began in March 2021 and is scheduled to reach practical completion in mid-2023.
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