United Energy distributes electricity, and serve customers across Melbourne’s inner, eastern and south eastern suburbs and the Mornington Peninsula. Multinet Gas distributes natural gas to customers throughout Melbourne’s east, the Yarra Ranges and South Gippsland. Together these two businesses are undergoing significant transformation, which is reflected in the requitement to implement change in the workplace. They are creating The Intelligent Utility.
UEMG leased an additional 2 floors within their existing head office building, with the intent to bring staff and contractors from other buildings into one central home. With the ground floor and level 1 already occupied, Level 2 and 3 were refitted as part of this project for 180 staff and 166 contractors respectively.
The key element of UEMG’s brief was to introduce elements of activity based working. Central connecting zones within the open office area were filled with a mix of multifunctional collaboration spaces to cater for semi-formal team meeting lounge areas, team huddle spaces, project tables with teleconferencing and video conferencing facilities. Traditional meeting and training rooms surround the perimeter of each floor.
Hoteling offices for visiting staff from interstate, and Quiet zones with club seating and hot desks reminiscent of an airline lounge occupy prime window space and command views of the surrounding suburb. High back armchairs and lounge seating provides a sense of privacy in an otherwise open space.
The new Level 2 breakout space provides flexible seating options, including bar seating, communal tables and café style banquette seats. Staff are encouraged to use the space at all times of the day for informal meetings.
Furnishings and finishes have a mature edge, with an emphasis on textures, contrast and neutral tones to create a liveable office environment, with feature carpet demarking these special spaces from the main workstation area. UEMG’s branding is undergoing a transformation, therefore all finishes needed to reflect a neutral character.