The opening of Colliers’ new headquarters at the HSBC Tower at 188 Quay Street in the Auckland CBD in early 2021 has come at the perfect time, and a progressive new fit-out designed and managed by leading architects Warren and Mahoney in collaboration with Colliers’ Project Leaders is being lauded as a seamless undertaking that has completely exceeded expectations.
Mark Synnott, Colliers New Zealand CEO, says: “We are constantly looking for new growth opportunities and new ways of working that accelerates the success of our clients and our staff.
“Every five years we launch our new medium-term growth plan. In 2015, the decision was made that we needed a bold new platform to restart and refresh our business to in 2020.
“Growth of our business meant we were operating across multiple floors and we knew we could get better communication, collaboration and productivity if we could reduce the inter-floor disruption.
“So, after almost 30 successful years at 151 Queen Street, we made the decision to find a new home.
“While site selection was formed around premier centralised premises along the harbour’s edge with access to an abundance of amenity and accessible public transport options, we knew we needed to have an exceptional fit-out that gave our staff a real edge. We also wanted to showcase to our clients first-hand the benefits that can be provided by a workplace that encourages collaboration and a range of workstyles.
“What we didn’t expect was the disruption that Covid-19 in 2020 would provide to workplace operations and subsequently just how integral our new headquarters would become.
On discussing the project, Synnott notes the extremely high expectations of the outcome were completely exceeded.
“We are exceptionally proud of the outcome. Our people and clients are thrilled with our industry-leading new premises, which were designed by Warren and Mahoney to reflect our values of thinking differently and doing what’s right.
“Warren and Mahoney are great listeners, excel at distilling vast amounts of information, synthesising the intangible with the tangible and producing excellent results.
“Over numerous discussions they were able to interpret and distil our wish list into three strategic and contrasting design drivers that encapsulated our aspirations and industry position – Vitality, Harmony and Acumen.
‘Vitality’ is represented through the collaborative area and social hub, the vibrant heart of the business where almost one third of the floor plate is offered to co-working and collaborative amenity.
To the west of this space is a series of meeting suites capable of hosting auctions and events as well as traditional meetings. With dramatic harbour views, these considered meeting rooms represent ‘Acumen’.
‘Harmony’ is represented in the workspace, with purposeful placement of both meeting and focus areas.
Synnott says the synergy between these three concepts provide a creative, energised premises that are great for building relationships internally and externally.
“There are conversations happening that simply wouldn’t have happened before.
“Our own people use the large co-working and collaboration zone for a change of ambience, and to work very productively.
“It’s also a great space for clients. Building relationships is at the essence of our business. Engaging with clients in our own space collaboratively has massive benefits.
“Clients often come in early or stay after meetings and use the space. There is a variety of options, from causal seating, formalised table and chairs or standing at our ‘Bar ‘n Grill’, a legacy piece of furniture that was transported from 151 Queen St.
“The prominent steel interconnecting stairs provide us the links we need and are a real showpiece. The main feature wall is also a standout which changes constantly throughout the day when the sun hits its shapes and designs.
“The stunning views across the Waitemata Harbour, being surrounded by natural timbers, exposed ceilings and an immersive biophilic environment make this more than just an office.
“There is a real calmness that the space provides, and at the same time it gives you more energy, enabling you to be creative.
“It is a great feeling to have been a part of this project. We are excited by the opportunities our new home provides us and our clients to collaborate and celebrate success.