Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Building 4 - Daniell Building
Innovation on display
The Daniell Building is a new 53,000 sqm manufacturing, workplace, research and distribution facility built for Fisher & Paykel Healthcare at their East Tamaki site in Auckland.
For Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, the challenge with this project was to deliver a work environment which would support the continuous improvement culture so ever-present within the company. Fisher & Paykel Healthcare’s purpose is about improving care and wellbeing for people and this building enables the company to continue developing and delivering world-leading healthcare solutions.
The new facility includes workspace, breakout and meeting space to support 700 staff in an open plan environment; over 4000 sqm of manufacturing space, laboratories and cafeterias; and a dedicated distribution centre to supply Fisher & Paykel Healthcare’s global market.
The workplace design was driven with a focus on wellness and employee wellbeing. Courtyards featuring extensive native planting provide natural daylight and views to nature from both the office and manufacturing environments. Landscaped outdoor spaces are provided alongside common areas that connect to the wider landscaped environment. A focus on the acoustic design provides comfortable noise levels and acoustic privacy across the open office environment.
'It's innovative, it's welcoming, it's comfortable and allows our people to thrive”, says Dale Anthony, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare’s Infrastructure Development Manager.
What is unique about the design is the presence of manufacturing. At its heart, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare is a manufacturing company and the design of the Daniell Building puts manufacturing at the heart of the workplace environment.
Workplace and common areas wrap the manufacturing space, while full height glazing visually connects workplace and research areas with the precision manufacturing process, ensuring all sectors of the company are connected with the medical devices produced. The workplace design supports a collaborative environment where innovation is a shared experience across all aspects of the business.
Architecturally, the design expresses a streamlined, finely tuned and engineered outcome closely aligned with the precision of the medical devices the building will produce. The sheer scale of the building determined a modular approach to planning with the repetition of elements subtly tweaked along the length of the office environment, enhancing wayfinding and providing the sense of a journey as you move through the space.
Additionally, the Daniell Building is a model of leadership in environmental sustainability, with a Green Star performance rating of 5 (Excellence) for environmental impact. It features high-performance glazed facades, high-efficiency heating and cooling and rainwater harvesting. Electric Vehicle charging stations and dedicated shower and change facilities encourage lower impact transport choices for all staff.