EY moves into Arup designed sustainable skyscraper in Sydney

19 October 2016 Consultancy.uk

Sydney's business district has seen its latest skyscraper, located at 200 George Street, open its doors. The new, distinctive building offers a range of sustainability oriented features that makes it world class in terms of sustainability design. Consultancy firm Arup provided a range of services in the design, engineering and construction of the building – EY will take up 81% of the office space in the building as of January 2017.

As the world, including Australia, becomes more aware of the damage caused to the environment by human activities, more and more focus is being placed on developing innovative, sustainable, built environment solutions. One area in which considerable benefits can be realised, both in sustainability as well as costs, is office design.

200 George Street, Sydney, is the latest skyscraper to cut the city’s skyline. The new building stands 155 meters, has 37 storeys and adds 39,200 square metres of office space to the city. The building was designed by architects Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT) and developed by owner-contractor Mirvac. The building had a $600 million price tag and officially opened on the 22nd of June.

Green star

The building features a range of designs that not merely create a distinctive façade with “shimmering, golden curves” but, in addition, makes it one of the most advanced and sustainable properties in Australia. The building gained 6 stars from the Green Buildings Council of Australia, defining its construction not only with national excellence but also world leadership in sustainable design.

EY Sidney is moving to 200 George St

The skyscraper features a façade that fits in with the surrounding city while maintaining excellent environmental performance through a double skin and clever blind design. In addition, the building has a wide range of sensors that enables it to respond to occupancy requirements as well as wider environmental conditions to optimise its overall internal environment – from automated light and ventilation to responsive shading. Further features include a highly efficient LED lighting system, providing energy consumption savings of 30%to 50% on traditional systems, as well as water recycling systems and 300 bicycle spaces to encourage fitness and reduce congestion and pollution.

Mirvac hired Arup to deliver a range of sustainability design consultancy and engineering support to the project. The professional services firm delivered an environmentally sustainable design for the project; alongside mechanical, electrical, hydraulics and fire engineering; vertical transportation; and lighting design. The consultancy also provided building physics analysis and early concept work, which identified the closed-cavity façade solution.

Robert Saidman, Building Services Leader NSW at Arup, says “This building is a reminder that best-practise design and practical innovation, which emphasises wellbeing and amenity, can lead to world-class sustainability outcomes. 200 George Street represents a new standard for buildings, occupant focused, and able to achieve 6 Star Green Star performance standards without “bolt-on” technologies such as blackwater and trigeneration.”

EY moves up

The new building will be host to anchor tenant EY, who take over approximately 25,760 square metres of office space in the new development for a ten year lease. The firm will, in addition, gain the sky signage rights to the new building. The lease begins from January 2017. Tony Johnson, CEO & Regional Managing Partner, EY says “The EY Centre – here at 200 George Street – will be a Sydney landmark and brings EY to the Sydney Harbour end of the CBD. We’re excited to be moving to this custom-built working environment, which has been designed and built around the way our people work.”

Last year EY moved into a new global headquarters, based in London, at 6 More London Place.

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Newcastle consulting firm opens Baghdad office

05 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

A Newcastle-based consultancy has announced it will open its first office in Iraq. The news comes despite warnings that the area remains “high risk” for businesses.

16 years after the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the nation remains a shadow of its former self. The continued chaos wrought by the Iraq War – which eventually played a role in the rise to prominence of Daesh, further destabilising the region – means that even now, the nation’s capital is deemed to have the lowest quality of living in the world. According to a recent survey from Mercer, Baghdad ranked last overall – immediately below Bangui of the Central African Republic and Damascus in Syria – despite the other two being determined as the worst cities on the planet for personal safety.

However, as with the wider Middle East, the oil-rich state presents a lucrative destination to businesses willing to take the risk. To that end, a Newcastle recruitment consultancy has announced the opening of its first presence in Iraq’s capital city. Samuel Knight has taken the decision to open its Baghdad locale in order to grow its business in the Middle East.

Newcastle consulting firm opens Baghdad office

While businesses remain wary of the region, Samuel Knight specialises in recruiting talent in the energy and rail sectors, and in a release it said the new office would continue to focus on these areas. It will also allow the firm to make sure it abides by local compliance laws. The new location will be headed up by Haider Kadhim, Samuel Knight’s Iraq country manager, who will work as the first point of contact for clients and candidates. Representatives from the Department of Trade Industry are expected to attend a launch event for the office, which will be held this month.

Commenting on the new office,  a spokesperson for Samuel Knight said, “We probably don’t see it as a risk, but more of an opportunity, as we operate in the Middle East extensively already. We have contacts in place in the country location and with the consultants we have. We felt it was a great opportunity to expand into a country we are already doing work in. It means we have an on-the-ground team to help our clients. From our perspective, it is that we are looking to expand into new territories, but we are also supporting countries that are starting to redevelop after years of warfare.”

Steve Rawlingson, CEO at Samuel Knight, said, “Our aggressive five-year growth plan is manifesting at  an impressive rate, taking the company to exciting new territories. The team is working diligently to surpass expectations set out in the plan, and to ensure Samuel Knight is cemented as the leading global energy and rail recruitment specialist. Our Baghdad office will give us a distinctive edge over our competition and allow for more exciting business opportunities. Once the office becomes more established and client acquisition develops, we will certainly be adding more consultants and manpower in the city.”