If you know anything about Bloomberg’s Sydney office you know it’s gorgeous – with stunning views of the harbor (er, harbour) and city at every turn (it’s circular). And you know it’s green. One hundred employees occupy the top two floors (27 and 28) of Australia’s most sustainable and coveted office building: 1 Bligh.
To Keeley Wayne, facilities manager for Australia and New Zealand, “It’s like moving into your dream home.”
Since joining Bloomberg in London in 2001, Wayne has visited many offices in Europe while working for Tradebook. More recently she’s been to the offices in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Bangkok, Singapore, and New York. So when she says the outdoor roof terrace in Sydney is enviable, you better be jealous.
“What we’re striving to do is make our offices a venue, or a hub for corporate, financial, philanthropic, and government circles in Australia,” says Edward Johnson, Sydney’s bureau chief, who refers to the building as “tremendous” and notes the “magnificent 150-seat auditorium that opens out onto the space, with huge doors that cantilever up.”
Bloomberg has since hosted a roundtable CEO lunch, a wine tasting, an M&A panel, and an economic summit addressed by former Treasurer Wayne Swan, Reserve Bank of Australia Assistant Governor Chris Kent, and BHP Billiton CFO Graham Kerr. The office was also the location for the announcement of a major new solar project.
“Our visibility and profile in Australia has never been higher,” says Johnson.
Of course it helps that the Commonwealth Parliamentary Offices for key Sydney-based ministers – like Prime Minister Tony Abbott – are a few floors below. Staffers are eager to ride the elevator up to check out the view.
“We are really managing to leverage the wonderful space and hope to continue this process in the New Year with a series of speeches by CEOs, ministers, and high profile figures. The series will be called the ‘Bloomberg Address,’ modeled on the ‘City Address’ series in London,” says Johnson.
The office is used by employees, too.
“Our work environment really sets us apart,” says Wayne, referring to the space that allows for quiet time to work on daily tasks, coffee meetings, lunch breaks, brainstorming gatherings, and team meetings. Oh, and weekly, after hours yoga classes in the auditorium. The interior design creates the right space for each action.
Now you just need a reason to meet someone Down Under.
Contributed by On Bloomberg, Bloomberg LP’s internal newswire.