Demand for end of trip facilities in Australian commercial buildings grows
End of trip (EOT) facilities that are designed and showcased to attract tenants, and then retain them in the future, are an established feature of commercial buildings.
For new commercial buildings, EOT facilities are a standard part of the design process. But for older buildings around Australia, some of which were designed and developed decades ago, it is an attraction they cannot always provide that will compete with modern facilities.
To improve competitiveness, building renovations involving the design and development of new EOT facilities have become more common in Australia as a way of satisfying the demands, or requirements, of modern day workforces.
Employee demands and expectations have changed, as a report from Colliers International found last year. According to the report, office tenants are demanding EOT amenities – such as bike racks, showers and lockers – more than ever.
The Colliers report states: “Having a place for employees to store their bicycles and associated end of trip facilities is particularly important and has been considered more important than car parking for some time now.”
It is this change in expectations that led developers like Mirvac Group to assess their building fleet for opportunities to improve the EOT facilities they have to offer new and existing tenants.
Mirvac, in partnership with design firm Woods Bagot, recently completed a $2 million project at the 367 Collins building in Melbourne, where new EOT facilities were developed in the basement of the facility.
A unique element that sets this renovation apart is that the EOT facilities are located in a series of old bank vaults that were designed for the original tenant, Commonwealth Bank, in 1974.
In a creative reuse of space unused prior to the renovation, the facilities offer a fully integrated zone of secure lockers, WCs, showers and change areas, while maintaining the character of a traditional set of bank vaults.
In a competitive commercial market, Richard Bradley, commercial development director at Mirvac, tells FM magazine that tenants continue to look for exceptional amenities beyond their immediate workplace floors, and a broader precinct offering is crucial in building management.
“The recent completion of the end of trip facilities at 367 Collins is a great example of an innovative approach to rejuvenating as asset,” says Bradley.
“I would say this project is up there with what we are now seeing in new commercial buildings, if not slightly ahead of some of the buildings currently coming to completion, which were designed two years ago. This was designed only six months ago, so we were able to move with the times.”
Mirvac originally purchased the building with the objective of employing a sustainable approach to revitalising the asset.
Named ‘The Nest’ in reference to the local peregrine falcons that have taken up residence on level 33, the facilities were designed exclusively for the tenants at 367 Collins with the aim of providing a high level of comfort and convenience.
Renovations of buildings to include EOT facilities are also common in Sydney, with several updating from the basic offerings of the past to areas now featuring humidity-controlled air-conditioning, lavish shower cubicles and grooming stations for males and females.
A project to develop new EOT facilities at the Aurora Place building in Sydney’s CBD was completed in December 2014 as its owners aimed to improve competitiveness in attracting tenants.
Nearby, at Grosvenor Place, the building’s EOT facilities have also been refurbished, in a project completed in mid-2015, to now include 30 showers, more than 500 lockers and 230 bicycle racks.
Back in Melbourne, and the 367 Collins project looks on track to also end up being just one of many EOT renovations that will take place in Mirvac’s building fleet.
“I would think we will now look at other buildings to increase the quality of the asset by improving the end of trip facilities. Again, it will depend on what space is available,” Bradley adds.
This article appeared in the February/March edition of Facility Management.
Image credit: Mirvac Group.