Innovation drives new global HQ design

7 February 2015

The development of Macquarie's new global headquarters in Sydney posed a unique challenge – to preserve the heritage features of an historic building while reinvigorating it as a contemporary office space.

Opened in September 2014, the new office highlights Macquarie's approach to innovative workplace design and builds on the achievements of projects at Shelley Street in Sydney and Ropemaker Place in London.

In keeping with those developments, 50 Martin Place incorporates open spaces and portable technology to enable staff to better connect and collaborate, enhance the client experience and facilitate the organisation's entrepreneurial culture.

In this video, Macquarie Chief Executive Officer Nicholas Moore speaks with Global Head of Workplace Will Walker about the project and how it will drive productivity and better outcomes for clients.

Key features of 50 Martin Place include:

  • a steel-framed glass dome and widened central atrium which allows natural light to filter to all levels of the building, creating an open work environment and a sense of connection between business groups
  • a staircase running through the atrium connecting the collaboration spaces, creating a community in the building and increasing opportunities for interaction
  • two circular glass lifts which transport clients through the building, placing them at the heart of the business.

The restoration of 50 Martin Place, built in 1927 as the head office for the Government Savings Bank of New South Wales, represents a significant investment in the preservation of Australia's financial history.

It is also the largest heritage redevelopment to be awarded a 6-star Green Star rating from the Green Building Council of Australia.