Hybrid working is the new normal, says NAB

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THE National Australia Bank’s new Sydney headquarters has embraced hybrid working.

The bank, which will also launch its 395 Bourke Street headquarters in Melbourne’s CBD later in the year, will through these new spaces deliver modern facilities that enable collaborative working to its employees.

NAB has signed a lease for 32,00sqm of space in the complex, which was designed by Make and Architectus, with interiors by Woods Bagot, in the Brookfield Properties development.

The development at 2 Carrington is part of the Brookfield Properties’ redevelopment of the historic Wynward precinct into the $2 billion Brookfield Place Sydney, which will offer 74,910sqm of commercial space and 5,934sqm of retail space.

“The way we work has changed and this is about creating environments that help our people bring their best to work, so that we can best serve our customers,” said Susan Ferrier, group executive of people & culture at NAB.

The new NAB Place Sydney, which will house over 2,000 employees, has been developed with a fit out and design that integrates sustainable practices. Including initial material selection, the on-site construction itself, building operation, occupancy, and end of life.

The building is expected to receive a minimum of 5 Star Green Star Design for office design from the Green Building Council of Australia.

“Hybrid working is the new normal for most of us with more flexibility in how we work, and our CBD offices remain crucial for collaboration and problem solving, as well as adding to the vibrant culture of Australia’s two largest cities,” added Ferrier.

The site will also include high density Wi-Fi, which will allow for easy connection to digital tools and easy use of collaborative spaces, as well as easy-to-use Zoom conferencing in all meeting rooms.

Worker preferences for workplace flexibility is still a major obstacle for CBD occupancy and reactivation as Sydney, as well as Melbourne, continue to lag behind the other Australian capitals.

“While we’ve learnt to collaborate remotely in incredible ways, the power of face-to-face connection, learning from others and culture building has been a huge benefit of returning to the office. Most NAB colleagues are now working from the office about 2-3 days per week and coming together for team meetings, strategy sessions and to solve customer problems,” said Ferrier.

The Point Group recently signed on to a 15 year lease to  create a new dining experience in the restored Shell House and is set to launch a multi-storey food and beverage venue at the site.

Employees will move into the Shell House location from mid-May and will utilise new features including ergonomic 34-inch curved desktop monitors and USB C enabled connections.

“Days at home are often spent on focussed or individual work. Whether it’s the home, office or elsewhere, where we work will likely be driven by where our customers need us most,” concluded Ferrier.

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