Melbourne’s prestigious 101 Collins Street has unveiled new multi-million-dollar luxury end-of-trip facilities, the latest workplace to embrace corporate health and wellbeing.
Offering up uber-luxe shared building facilities has become a significant draw card for commercial tenants.
With the amenity of a six-star hotel, the facilities provide a “resort-style spa and wellness experience”, with terrazzo stone, light and dark marble vanities, timber veneers and an opulent reception lounge to complement the 500 bike racks and 512 personal lockers.
Designed by Gray Puksand architects, the facilities offer marble-clad “hydration stations”, ventilated drying rooms, 45 showers, dedicated towel service, and individualised grooming stations with GHD hair straighteners, Parlux hair dryers and artisan hand soaps.
AXA Investment head of funds management Brett Dillon said the scale of the end-of-trip facilities design was the result of listening to the needs of workers, and studying global trends in order to stay ahead of what is currently being offered in the commercial market.
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“The modern workplace has undergone a dramatic shift in recent years with the advent of unique agile and flexible spaces with wellness in mind,” he said.
Gray Puksand senior associate Dale O’Brien said the end result for the facilities was to encourage tenants to embrace corporate wellbeing, and to use the facility not just as a change and storage facility but as a place of respite and relaxation.
“Research has shown when you integrate these luxury aspects into end-of-trip facilities there tends to be a spike in user uptake, especially from female users, which has added value to an already exceptional modern experience provided by 101 Collins Street,” he said.
While the Gray Puksand-designed offering at 101 Collins Street may be considered a more lavish example, developers and investors in the commercial sector have taken more notice of the end-of-trip facilities they provide, as tenants place higher value on assets that take care of the people who occupy them.
Census data revealed that an average morning commute to the Melbourne CBD by car takes almost 70 per cent longer than in the middle of the night, which has led to a surge in office employees opting to ride or walk to work.
According to research by Wellness Team Australia, organisations that focused on wellness found performance was improved 2.5 times, employee engagement was eight times higher and creativity and innovation was 3.5 times higher.
Wellness-focused workplaces also found their employee retention rate was four times higher over a 12-month period.