Forming the cornerstone of the commercial building is the historic seven-story Jean Batten Building, which was built in the modern style in 1942. The Jean Batten Building serves as one of the corners of the podium, which houses seven levels of commercial office space, high end retail and a cafe on top of four levels of underground parking. From the podium rises the main office tower and the headquarters of the Bank of New Zealand, which is marked by a striking double ventilated glass façade.
Inside, the building was designed with the employees as well as the environment in mind, making certain that the office environment was conducive for productive work. Nine in ten employees agree that they enjoy working in the new headquarters, 83% support the ongoing green initiatives and 73% of them actually understand all the green features.
Daylighting, large voids that facilitate natural ventilation and winter gardens are all initiatives that make the office tower an enjoyable place to work. Additionally the high rise collects rainwater, makes use of low water usage fittings and actively monitors both their energy and water usage. Showers are provided on site for employees to use in order to encourage biking and walking to work.
The Deloitte Centre was granted a 5 Star design rating with the New Zealand Green Building Council in 2007 after it underwent extensive review by both the New Zealand and Australian Green Building Councils. Garry Pellett, Head of Properties, Strategy and Operations at the Bank of New Zealand states, “Green Star in itself is not necessarily the outcome, it’s building sustainably and providing the appropriate environment for our staff that is the real achievement, Green Star is a way of measuring that you’ve actually achieved it.”
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