WorkSafe Victoria’s new 15,220 square metre headquarters have officially opened in Geelong. The $120 million 14 storey building created over 250 jobs during the peak of construction.
“Today’s opening is a historic event for WorkSafe and signifies the beginning of an exciting new chapter for occupational health and safety in Victoria,” commented WorkSafe’s Chief Executive Clare Amies.
The new building features stunning views across Corio Bay, Johnstone Park, along with the surrounding arts precinct and breathtaking views over the Geelong CBD. The new building also features a ground-floor café, on-site concierge, rooftop exercise and BBQ areas, and club style end-of-trip facilities with 100+ bike racks.
“The relocation of WorkSafe is a monumental undertaking and a huge achievement for everyone involved,” commented Minister for Finance Robin Scott. “WorkSafe’s new head office is a proud symbol of our investment in Geelong and regional Victoria, and will be an excellent base for WorkSafe to continue to deliver for workers, employers and the Victorian community.”
The new WorkSafe HQ building has been recognised by the International WELL Building Institute for incorporating design features and materials which are designed to promote better health and wellbeing for workers and visitors alike. According to the property group behind the project, Quintessential Equity, the building was designed and built to target a 5.5 Star NABERS Base Building Energy Rating as well. As a result, the new HQ forms the first 6 Star Green Star Rated project in Geelong. The project successfully achieved a Platinum Core & Shell WELL Building Standard Rating – the first in Victoria and only the second in the world to achieve these WELL credentials.
The building’s energy efficiency technologies include a high-performance facade with a high thermal performance building envelope and high building airtightness, targeting best practice air leakage rates. It was designed to reduce energy use by up to 10 per cent and a 90-kilowatt solar array is expected to provide 15 per cent of base building energy. The buidling features a high-efficiency mechanical plant with air-to-air heat exchange, humidity and CO2 sensors and controls along with electric vehicle charging facilities.
Russell Bullen, Chief Executive Officer of Property Group Quintessential Equity said the commitment to sustainability results in more efficient buildings and greater returns for investors.
“We are proud of having been recognised by the Energy Efficiency Council of Australia,” he said.
Quintessential Equity hopes that the building will lead the way for sustainability and occupant wellbeing across the world.