Investa Office Management (‘Investa’) will tonight (28 November 2017) host a gala event to mark the completion of its much-anticipated foyer refurbishment at 201 Kent Street, Sydney. Designed by Architectus the $8 million revamp establishes the building as a leading, contemporary, workplace option, in the heart of the Sydney CBD’s thriving western corridor.
Owned by Investa’s flagship wholesale fund, Investa Commercial Property Fund (ICPF), 201 Kent Street is located between Kent Street and Hickson Road, within walking distance to Wynard bus and train stops and the dining and entertainment attractions at Barangaroo.
Jason Leong, Fund Manager ICPF said: “The owners recognised an opportunity to create value in the building by upgrading the street presence and ground plane, within the context of its wider surroundings, while activating the foyer with a new café and plans for a new co-working space.
From the outset, our vision was to create a more connected, visible space, where both tenants and visitors could gather to meet and collaborate and I think we have exceeded expectations in this regard.”
Greater connectivity was achieved by extending the foyer further west, to take in views of the Grafton Bond building and Barangaroo beyond, with a new cafe providing activation and amenity for tenants. On Kent Street, the podium was extended, with the old façade replaced with contemporary, high performance structural glazing to enhance natural light into the space.
To provide greater visibility of the lobby from the street, a 5-metre-high celling void was opened up to significantly raise the height of the space. High-end, contemporary finishes such as travertine, granite and American oak are used throughout.
Nigel Justins, Associate at Architectus said: “It was important to create a lobby space that was both befitting of the building and in line with contemporary thinking on how a modern day office lobby should function. By exploiting the inherent spatial qualities that had been largely concealed by the original fit out, it’s been possible to create such a space, utilising every opportunity to open up the lobby, connect it to its surroundings and allow it to become an active space.“
Integral to the enhanced amenity of the building, is a new café on the ground floor and plans for a potential, new co-working space for tenants and guests, which integrates seamlessly into the new foyer design. While still in the planning phase, it is envisioned it will provide a range of different spaces to accommodate both collaborative and focused work, for individuals and teams, including event and meeting room space and a shared kitchen and break-out facilities.
General Manager, 201 Kent Street, Danielle Bryan said: “The reworking of the lobby has been truly transformative, resulting in a space that meets the key objectives of improving amenity for tenants, through a sense of activation, connection, and visibility. The improvements allow our tenants to elevate how they present their businesses to their customers, clients and staff and the planned co-working space, means our current and future tenants can collaborate and connect in new ways, outside of the space they lease.”
201 Kent Street has a full-time concierge, a day spa and a range of time-saving services that tenants can access through Investa’s INSITE tenant portal, including dry cleaning, on-site car cleaning, bike repairs, catering and airport transfers. The 39,853m2 building accommodates a range of leading global companies, including AON, Arup and Crown Resorts.
The event is expected to be attended by more than 100 guests from the property, architecture and construction industries, including Jonathan Callaghan, CEO, Investa, Robert Ousey, Principal, Architectus, and Matthew Hunter, GM Fitout & Refurb, NSW BUILT.