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5 reasons why Barangaroo is the best place to work in Sydney.
In a city defined by its harbour, boundless energy and obsession with all things epicurean, Sydney has had surprisingly few destinations that have blended these elements successfully. Until now. It has taken a multi-billion dollar development and the creation of a completely new neighbourhood in the heart of the CBD, to give Sydney a business precinct that rivals anything on the planet. Here are five reasons why the city’s newest harbourside suburb is the best place to work in the country:
1. Location, location, location. Let’s begin with the obvious. Sydney has a love affair with water that rivals the greatest romances of all time. The disused container wharf that dominated the north-western edge of the CBD has been returned to the public and transformed into a stunningly vibrant place to live, work and play.
As a business address, it’s as close to the harbour’s edge as you can get. What’s more getting to Barangaroo could not be easier. It will be home to Sydney’s newest ferry hub; enjoy direct access to the city’s main trainline and soon to be completed light rail network; and is now set to have its own Metro Station.
2. A culture capital. It’s been said that a city that lacks art and culture lacks a soul. Over the next decade, more than $40 million will be spent creating and delivering creative initiatives that will establish Barangaroo as a major destination for art and culture lovers. “The public art that will be part of Barangaroo will be one of the largest concentrated installations of public art anywhere in the country.” says Annie Tennant, Senior Development Manager, Public Domain and Public Art – Barangaroo South, Lendlease.
The Streets of Barangaroo, The Cutaway and Barangaroo Reserve have already played host to a number of incredibly creative events and art installations, with ideas and thoughts being transformed into images, print, performance, text, objects and experiences on a scale that would have been impossible a short time ago. Stay tuned for more.
3. The food. Barangaroo boasts a concentration of cafés and coffee makers that’s as good as any strip in town, with some of Sydney’s best operators seizing the opportunity to create bespoke café concepts that take the beloved liquid gold to a new level altogether.
Great coffee and sublime food go hand in hand. At the heart of Barangaroo’s food culture is a mandate for quality and authenticity. Every eatery, café and restaurant has been carefully selected for their credibility and reputation for being at the top of their game. Dining at Barangaroo will be reason for frequent visitation in its own right.
4. It’s work, but not as you know it. If you’re one of the 23,000 professionals destined to call Barangaroo home, chances are you’re working for an organisation that’s a leader in its field. Almost every tenant of International Towers Sydney is adopting a new model for how their people work, and how the workplace is defined. Ben Walsh, Chairman, Australia of Marsh & McLennan Companies, and soon-to-be tenant of Tower One, International Towers Sydney says:
“When we thought about Barangaroo, we were looking ten years into the future. We thought the idea of Barangaroo was very exciting – it is creating a financial and professional services capital within Sydney, and we wanted to be part of that.”
“It’s given us the opportunity to re-think everything,” says Sammy Kumar, Managing Partner, Strategy & Transformation, Australia & Asia-Pacific of PwC.
“It is a once in a several-generation opportunity for this to be a catalyst to work differently and be ready for the future."
5. Sustainability. The impact businesses have on the environment and the communities where they operate is right at the top of the corporate agenda, and sustainability is built into everything you see and do at Barangaroo. And we mean everything. From disposable coffee cups lined with corn starch enabling them to be completely composted and recycled, to one of the largest installations of LED lighting anywhere in the country, sustainability is one of the founding pillars of this new part of the city.
The goal is for Barangaroo to be the first precinct of its size in the world and certainly the first CBD precinct in Australia to be climate positive - that is, to be carbon neutral, water positive, and to generate zero waste. Already 89% of all the on-site waste is recycled, reused or repurposed, (as a comparison, the average commercial building food court recycles only 25% of its waste).
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