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This article was first published by Carolyn Cummins in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Lendlease has entered a new era of workplace design with the opening of its new global headquarter at Barangaroo’s Tower three, which it designed and built.

Over time the same concept will be rolled out to its overseas-based offices in London and New York.

The other main new anchor Barangaroo tenants, all of which have looked to the future in office design, are St George, KPMG, BT Financial Group and lawyers Gilbert & Tobin.

To show what it can develop for clients, the global construction and infrastructure giant is now walking the walk in creating a modern office space that will offer a full range of the latest in design concepts.

Lendlease will combine about 2000 staff from across five Sydney offices and occupy 11 floors.There will be access to more than 1000 bike racks and internally, 40 per cent of work stations are stand-up desks.

The group has been at The Bond in Hickson Road for the past 10 years. The property is owned by DEXUS Property and a number of new tenants are now looking at the vacant space.

Levels 13 and 14 at the new office are the heart of the Lendlease tenancy, featuring the “hero design” element, a six-metre-high, breathing green wall that incorporates more than 5000 plants.

According to Cate Harris, head of Lendlease workplace programs, who worked closely on the new design, the  modular green wall system is scientifically proven to accelerate the removal of air pollutants, such as carbon dioxide and volatile organic compounds. In addition, it cools the surrounding air temperature, resulting in energy efficiency and health and wellbeing gains.

The office design is based on a team-based working model, where instead of belonging to an individual desk, employees belong to a team neighbourhood of 15 to 20 people. Each neighbourhood has access to a range of spaces.These include a team table to be the anchor point for each team and working walls for visual communication and enclosed spaces known as pods for staff requiring a quiet space…

This article was first published in the Sydney Morning Herald by Carolyn Cummins. Read the full article here.