A new office tower planned for the former Perth Entertainment Centre site, now known as Kings Square, aims to set a quality benchmark for a new generation workforce.
Stage One of Kings Square, an 11-storey tower will offer employees a state-of-the-art environment including showers, bike racks, lockers and a roof deck. Project leasing agent of Kings Square, Digby Sutherland of Sheffield Property, said the focus on staff amenities in Stage One was incredibly important.
“We appreciate that staff recruitment and retention is the new battleground for employers today. This development holds the key to not only a new generation of workers, but also a new way of working,” he said.
The site is owned by Seven Entertainment Pty Ltd, which has appointed Leighton Properties to develop the site. Stage One will be an A-Grade building with five star Green and NABERS ratings and features such as low energy air conditioning.
The lettable floor area is almost 20,000 square metres – large enough to house more than 2,000 employees. Senior Development Manager at Leighton Properties, Michael Barr, said Stage One was already generating considerable interest from potential tenants.
“It is new, more flexible and sustainable – truly dynamic in every sense. It offers the ability for a tenant to explore new directions in corporate fit outs, which can reflect the working environment,” he said.
“It will also boast large floor plates, where many of Perth’s buildings are on relatively small floor plates. This will provide the opportunity for tenants to be accommodated across less floors, promoting collaboration and teamwork.”
The Kings Square development will include a total commercial area of approximately 85,000 square metres in shops and offices, as well as green spaces and 520 apartments in two buildings. Construction of the Stage One is due to start in mid-2012 and finish in early 2014.