"Challenger’s workplace illustrates the power of considered design to turn a b-grade space into an enviable one"
Jury citation, 2010 RAIA NSW Interior Architecture Award

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Brief Elements
Challenger Financial Services Group
Level 15, 255 Pitt Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
February 2006 - February 2008
Interior design services (construction management)
  • 9,750m² NLA
  • Work Place to Accommodate 550 People
  • Vertical Stair Circulation Between All Floors in Upper Stack
  • Relocation of Staff from A-Grade Office Space to B-Grade Office Space
  • Void Cut Out Through L15, 16 and 17
  • Stair Connecting L14 to L17
  • Level 10 separate Level Accomodating I.T Services and Communal Amenities
  • Transformation of a B-Grade Building and Office Space into a Contemporary Workplace for a Top Tier Financial Services Organisation
  • Creation of Four-Floor Atrium in an Existing Building, Overcoming Fire and Structural Constraints, Limited Site Access of a Single Passenger Lift within an Operational Hotel and Office Building
  • Atrium Provides Dynamic Hub of Activity and Transparency of Business Operations Across All Levels
  • Spatial Transformation as a Key Facilitator of Organisational Change
  • Highly Consultative Design Process Extended Beyond Construction to Accommodate Unanticipated Organisational Growth with a Satellite Floor and Deck

Transforming a B-grade space into an enviable workplace designed to have a fundamental and positive impact on its users.

The Challenger workplace project brings together 600 staff and three separately located business units into a single location in the Sydney CBD. The workplace plays a key role in facilitating organisational change; creating a people-centric environment that promotes Challenger’s aspirations for a collective and collaborative workforce.

In achieving this, the workplace delivers the opposite of Challenger’s former offices in a prestigious building with views out to the harbour. The workplace occupies four adjacent floors of the ‘B’-grade refurbished offices within the Hilton Hotel building. The previously outward focus is replaced by a strong inward focus through the insertion of a vast, central atrium into the existing building, with a stair connecting the four floors. All the communal spaces and glazed meeting rooms are located in the atrium, which is the centre of the workplace. This dynamic hub of activity is visible to all, including clients, who enter the space on the second floor via a reception that acts as a bridge. All the spaces architecturally and materially reflect the ‘lean, paired back and dynamic’ business attributes of Challenger, where functionality presides over aesthetics.

The workplace is the result of a highly consultative design process and an ongoing relationship with Challenger to ensure the workplace accommodates future growth and development.

Bovis Lend Lease Pty Limited
Project Manager and Construction Contractor
Fire & Acoustic Engineers
Bassett Consulting Engineers
Mechanical / Electrical / Hydraulic / Fire Engineers
Connell Wagner Pty Ltd
Structural Engineers
Philip Chun
BCA & Town Planners
WT Partnership Pty Ltd
Quantity Surveyors
Prime Care
Storage Consultants
Roberts Weaver Pty Ltd
Audio Visual & Communications Consultants
Shortlisted 2009 World Architecture Awards - Interiors
The Australian Institute of Architects Award for Interior Architecture (NSW)
The Australian Institute of Architects NSW Commercial Architecture Award
Level 15, 255 Pitt Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia