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In Pictures: Commonwealth Bank Place
Inside Commonwealth Bank's new activity-based workplace in Sydney.
Sep 26, 2011
The Commonwealth Bank leased two eight-storey, six-star Green buildings now known as the Commonwealth Bank Place in September 2008.
Following a study tour of global workplaces and an 18-month fit-out, the bank plans to move 6200 staff into the Darling Park facility by February 2012.
Staff enter and exit the buildings with swipe cards. Screens at the entrance to the North building display information about energy usage.
Chief information officer Michael Harte said the bank would consider biometric technologies in future, but the bank had software in place to detect abnormal traffic data and had not experienced any behavioural problems to date.
Instead of standard Dell desktops, Commonwealth Bank has issued staff with MacBook Air, MacBook Pro or Dell laptop devices.
Staff have no desks or offices, but can choose to connect to "docking stations" in individual or collaborative working areas. This is a collaborative area on the ground floor of the North building.
Staff have access to individual and team lockers in colour-coded "Home Zones" on each floor.
"Home zones" feature individual docking stations for quiet, independent work.
There are height-adjustable docking stations for those who choose to stand while working.
Staff use Microsoft Lync softphones and wireless DECT headsets instead of desk phones.
A private meeting room.
A collaboration area with a "smart screen".
A group meeting area in a "plaza" zone which, in contrast to "home zones", are designed to facilitate group work.
A cafe-style meeting area that overlooks Darling Park.
The North building's atrium.
A help desk issues guests with temporary devices and wireless access.
Chief information officer Michael Harte and his secretary are two of the few Commonwealth Bank Place residents with designated desks, so that he can be easily located. His open-plan "office" is on the sixth floor of the North building and has no door.
Harte compared Commonwealth Bank Place to Google's office, expecting the new layout to help the bank attract younger IT staff.
An outdoor area with seats, a pool table and barbeque.
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