Global data, analytics and technology company Equifax has officially opened the doors to its new workplace at Blue & William in North Sydney, Australia. Located on the prime intersection of Blue and William streets, the 10-storey development is owned by Keppel REIT, with Lendlease as the development and investment manager.
As Blue & William’s anchor tenant, Equifax occupies more than 4,350 square metres across levels 5 to 7, following a relocation from two separate offices in North Sydney to bring its people together in a new modern and sustainable workplace.
Mr Koh Wee Lih, Chief Executive Officer of Keppel REIT Management, said, “As one of Asia’s leading real estate investment trusts, Keppel REIT is committed to offering quality office spaces through our portfolio of prime commercial assets in Asia Pacific’s key business districts. Blue & William in North Sydney is a smart, sustainable office building, designed with tenant experience and wellness as a priority, and we are pleased to welcome Equifax to this green and modern premise.”
Ms Melanie Cochrane, Group Managing Director Australia/New Zealand of Equifax, said, “Equifax is thrilled to officially open our new office at Blue & William in North Sydney, bringing our Sydney based teams together in one location. The inspiring, modern space provides opportunity for greater collaboration and innovation, while honouring our commitment to sustainability. I am confident our new work environment will enable flexible and positive ways of working, contributing to a vibrant culture, to support our customers and help us attract the best talent.
“I’d like to thank the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council for performing a traditional smoking ceremony at the opening to pave the way for our future. We look forward to welcoming our employees, customers and partners to our new state-of-the-art workspace.”
Ms Lisa Gordon, Head of Commercial Development of Lendlease, said, “Blue & William reflects the latest thinking in workplace with its prime location and modern workspaces that facilitate flexible and collaborative working, as well as sweeping harbour views from the floor to ceiling windows and outdoor terraces.
“Interest in Blue & William remains strong, with prospective tenants, like Equifax, also seeking out high quality, flexible and wellness conscious office spaces that support not only people’s performance but overall company culture too.”
Designed by global architecture and design studio Woods Bagot, the development features the latest in workplace design with a landscaped wellness garden, and further open spaces for outdoor meetings and events, an on-site family run business, Northbrew Café, a premium lobby and end-of-trip facilities to support healthier ways to commute and connect.
The highlight of Blue & William is the multiple terraces offering panoramic views of Sydney Harbour that can be used for outdoor meetings and collaboration or for hosting events.
Blue & William achieved practical completion in April 2023 and has maintained strong interest from potential tenants with almost half the office space now leased. Equifax and Northbrew Café are the first occupants to be welcomed into the building, with other tenants, including global consulting firm, Human Synergistics, to follow in early 2024.
The building is designed to achieve the 5 Star Green Star Design and As Built Rating by the Green Building Council of Australia, as well as the 5.5 Stars National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) Base Building Energy Rating.
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At Equifax (NYSE: EFX), we believe knowledge drives progress. As a global data, analytics, and technology company, we play an essential role in the global economy by helping financial institutions, companies, employers, and government agencies make critical decisions with greater confidence. Our unique blend of differentiated data, analytics, and cloud technology drives insights to power decisions to move people forward.
Headquartered in Atlanta and supported by more than 14,000 employees worldwide, Equifax operates or has investments in 24 countries in North America, Central and South America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region. For more information, visit www.equifax.com.au or follow the company’s news on LinkedIn.
About Keppel REIT (www.keppelreit.com)
Listed by way of an introduction on 28 April 2006, Keppel REIT is one of Asia’s leading real estate investment trusts with a portfolio of prime commercial assets in Asia Pacific’s key business districts.
Keppel REIT’s objective is to generate stable income and sustainable long-term total return for its Unitholders by owning and investing in a portfolio of quality income-producing commercial real estate and real estate-related assets in Asia Pacific.
Keppel REIT has a portfolio value of over $9.0 billion, comprising properties in Singapore; the key Australian cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Perth; Seoul, South Korea; as well as Tokyo, Japan.
Keppel REIT is managed by Keppel REIT Management Limited and sponsored by Keppel, a global asset manager and operator with strong expertise in sustainability-related solutions spanning the areas of infrastructure, real estate and connectivity.
About Lendlease (www.lendlease.com)
Lendlease (ASX:LLC) is a globally integrated real estate group with core expertise in shaping cities and creating strong and connected communities. Founded in 1958, we’re listed on the ASX and operate across Australia, Europe, Asia and the Americas.
We manage funds and assets for some of the world’s largest real estate investors. We have a strong track record in creating award winning urban precincts where communities thrive, and delivering essential civic and social infrastructure.