Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
The design for MBIE’s new premises offers a high performance workplace which enables the Ministry to strengthen its inter-departmental and public relations activities
The design for MBIE’s new premises offers a high performance workplace which enables the Ministry to strengthen its inter-departmental and public relations activities. As both base-build and fit-out architects, Warren and Mahoney was able to view the project holistically and design a fully integrated workplace which maximised the best for both MBIE’s requirements and the base-build renovation of the historic building.
A central hub area on each floor activates the atrium space and offers staff a light bright central amenity area filled with a variety and scale of meeting settings and collaboration tools. Workstations have been designed to enable flexible expansion through all departments. A range of meeting points have been distributed across each floor to encourage inter-departmental relationships and meeting rooms have been detailed to offer high quality audio-visual facilities in good quality acoustic environments. The ground floor provides MBIE with a unified and welcoming public interface, offering a cafe and business facility to invite communication and interaction.
The addition of a new central glazed atrium fully open to each floor transforms the building interior, providing a point of orientation and good natural light onto each level and supporting interaction across each level and visual connection between floors.
The design team worked closely with MBIE and Argosy to ensure that the Stout Street building not only fulfilled the current working requirements, but provided for future enhancements to benefit the organisation moving forward. The project is designed as a fully integrated solution with every element and consideration being viewed collectively to ensure a unified and cohesive workplace supporting an IT enabled workforce, a collaborative work style, and inter-departmental connectivity.