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An agile and hybrid workforce, elevating the physical office in enabling culture and connection.
Global architecture studio Woods Bagot has completed one of largest-ever office design projects in Australia in 2022 with 15 levels of integrated fitout at 6 Parramatta Square ‘6PSQ’ for NSW government. This large-scale project at 43,800 sqm connects to 33 floors of the adjoining tower at 4 Parramatta Square. The project has enabled the NSW Government to execute its ambitious hub workplace strategy at Parramatta despite the disruption caused by COVID-19 during the design and construction phases.
6PSQ is a future focused workplace that was designed to flexibly respond and adapt to changing tenant and user requirements.
This workplace is an evolution for the NSW government which supports a more agile and hybrid workforce, elevating the physical office in enabling culture and connection, across a campus type hub in a pivotal location in Sydney.
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The vision for the 6 Parramatta Square project was to provide an advanced, functional and flexible workplace which reflects Government’s focus; empowering change, collaboration, communication and attracting the best talent in the market. Led by Property and Development (PDNSW), the NSW Government ‘Hub Strategy’ is the result of the adoption of a whole of Government Accommodation policy to promote and drive efficiencies by collocating a number of NSW agencies within a central workplace at 6PSQ supporting adaptability and a sustainable design.
The 6PSQ fitout is in the new Parramatta Square development, a vibrant, mixed-use precinct, located at the centre of Parramatta’s CBD, that connects to 4PSQ (the first building occupied by NSW government). As a major tenant at 6PSQ, the government supports the regeneration of the CBD development in Sydney’s second largest city of Parramatta.
In response to the site and proximity of the Parramatta river, the project narrative embodies a highly energised ‘waters edge’; a place that is enriched with activity and forms places for gathering and mindfulness. The planning solutions connect with an accessible and collaborative spine that provides support, energy and diversity to enhance the performance of the workspace, inspired by the meandering Parramatta river:
– gentle curved forms expressed in architectural elements across varying scales
– a variety of settings & two interconnecting stairs placed strategically to enrich connections (a base build modification to better suit the planning strategy).
The project achieved the key metrics across the scale and diversity of space types which was essential throughout the planning to achieve an evolved set of key settings and density requirements, based on NSW government accommodation guidelines. The design embodies the latest diversity and inclusion learnings including, gender neutral facilities (to selected areas), a diversity of settings and wellness facilities. There are also increased solutions for all users & accessibility designed in wayfinding, AV, furniture and joinery designs.
The ambitious ‘workplace hub’ strategy and the strong sustainable design of 6PSQ reinforces the government’s approach to bring people together into workplace hubs, creating efficiencies and reducing our environmental footprint. The tenant fitout designed to 5.5 stars NABERS Energy tenant rating, as required by the NSW Government Resource Efficiency Policy and achieved a Green Star 6 star rating.
6PSQ was an evolved design that built on shared experience and learnings to develop a workplace of the future that knows it needs to respond to change:
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