Merchant House, which began life 135 years ago as home to a printer and bookbinder, a soap and candle maker, and a spirit and wine merchant, is advancing its future-focused $400 million redevelopment with plans to roll out communal Teslas at the workplace.
The site being developed by Sydney-based Addenbrooke in partnership with Super Ocean Group and Phoenix Property Investors, lies within one of Sydney’s busiest commercial precincts and will offer tenants access to sustainable mobility on-demand, from the convenience of the building.
The initiative is being facilitated by Australian transport tech company, Outbound, allowing tenants to book and access vehicles when they need them, for work trips during the week or leisure trips over the weekend, using their smartphone. They will provide a fully managed service exclusively for tenants which includes cleaning, maintenance, insurances and charging.
The redevelopment has been designed to meet the future tenant demands of the post-pandemic workplace and is pushing ahead with environmentally sustainable design features such as solar panel systems, electric vehicle charging points, and smart and touchless technology. The building is aiming for a five-star NABERS energy rating and five-star Green Star as-built rating when finished, with communal electric mobility as a unique sustainable offering.
Outbound CEO Luke Rust says dedicated managed electric vehicle solutions are the way of the future.
“More now than ever, our workforce needs clean, safe and efficient ways to move around cities and precincts, and it’s exciting to see commercial development owners taking the lead in providing this type of service.”
“If workplaces like Merchant House can provide access to alternative modes of transport then we can vastly improve the tenant experience and reduce the dependence on car ownership.”
“Tenants will simply plug vehicles back in again at Merchant House with no additional costs and effort.”
Addenbrooke Director Toby O’Neil says future tenants will enjoy the benefits of sustainable electric carshare as a workplace amenity.
“Merchant House is a project which heralds the return to the office and we are extremely excited to be partnering with Outbound, a business that shares our vision for sustainability and providing the best experience for tenants of Merchant House.”
“Creative coworking and energized communal spaces generate the spark, and our community will now be powered by convenient, sustainable, and shared electric mobility”
Merchant house will be a stunning 360 workplace experience that people want to revisit again, and again. Construction has already commenced on this inspired, new workplace and due for completion in 2024.