Merging contemporary workplace principles into a character-filled historic building to create an open, collaborative and creative workplace.
Located in the historic Goods Shed South, this workplace brings together the Penguin Group and Pearson Australia into a truly collaborative and creative work space. The redevelopment of the Goods Shed South follows from the fit-out designed by BVN Donovan Hill to the Goods Shed North, which was completed in 2009. The redevelopment and integrated workplace fit-out project forms part of the $1 billion 735 Collins Street precinct development by Walker Corporation.
The Pearson Australia workplace merges contemporary workplace principles into a character-filled, heritage-listed building, transforming the interior into a light-filled, open office environment incorporating state-of-the-art technology.
Designed to promote interaction amongst staff and between business groups, the workplace provides a creative hub for the publishing house’s development of e-books, electronic education tools and online education content. The workplace also houses over four kilometers of published print works within bookcases that flank ‘collaboration courtyards.’ As a dynamic, multi-media business, the workplace includes large operable presentation rooms, in-house photographic and recording studio, as well as work points for both permanent staff and a mobile workforce.
In accordance with Pearson’s ongoing commitment to reducing its carbon footprint, the historic building upgrade is designed to achieve a 5 star Green Star rating.
- The workplace reflects the organisation’s print publishing and digital business arms
- Creativity and interaction is encouraged through the open office environment and ‘collaboration courtyards’
- Transformation of a neglected industrial railway building into a dynamic and creative corporate office
- Successful co-location of separate businesses and sites
- 5 Star Green Star rating target for Office Interior
- Adaptive re-use of heritage-listed building
- Energy efficient chilled beam air-conditioning technology
- Low-impact heating
- Maximisation of natural light
- Retention of original columns, exposed trusses, brickwork and timber