Inside Suncorp's 'next-generation' workplace

The establishment is described to cater to the needs of a post-pandemic world

Inside Suncorp's 'next-generation' workplace

Insurance company Suncorp is moving to a new building touted as the "next-generation" workplace – one designed to accommodate post-pandemic employee needs. The building, named Heritage Lanes, is a $856-million world-class office tower that has 35 levels and more than 60,000 square metres of office space. According to Suncorp's statement, the establishment will be one of Australia's smartest buildings that embraces technology, sustainability, and design in a bid to lure workers back to the office after months of remote work due to the pandemic.

"As one of Queensland's largest employers, Suncorp is committed to bringing people back into the city, supporting small business and helping Brisbane get back on its feet following the pandemic," said Suncorp Group chief executive officer Steve Johnston in a statement.

According to Johnston, the building will support the company’s hybrid workplace model. It will also cater to the needs of a post-pandemic world for it can be utilised despite social distancing rules. It also has enough spaces where vaccinations and rapid antigen testing could be carried out.

"It is truly a workplace of the future that will revolutionise the way we work at Suncorp, allowing for greater team collaboration and flexibility to support our hybrid working model," said Johnston.

Suncorp's early occupation of the building began in October. It will take 40,000 square metres of office space.

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Mirvac Group said the building was recently topped out and is on the road to completion by the end of February next year.

"We collaborated closely with Suncorp throughout the entire construction journey, including aligning our timeline with their desire for early occupation of part of their new headquarters. We’re ready and excited to welcome the Suncorp team to their new home," said Campbell Hannan, Mirvac Head of Integrated Investment Portfolio, in a statement.

Hannan described the building as a "next-generation workplace" that responds to trends that also enable a healthy sustainable office that responds to health and welfare of employees.

"These leading environmentally sustainable design standards enable a healthy and sustainable workplace, with a significant focus on occupant wellbeing and COVID safety management," said Hannan.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner also lauded the establishment and said this could be key to luring back workers into offices.

"Heritage Lanes has set the new standard of what a modern workplace should be - a destination that marries COVID safety, wellbeing and sustainability to create healthier and more practical spaces to work," Schrinner said.

KPMG also recently signed an agreement to lease 6,600 square metres of office space, while APA will also occupy 4,400 square metres of the establishment. Negotiations are still on the way for the remaining office spaces.

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