With a huge job ahead of them, the team wasted no time getting started.
“Zariba worked alongside Classic Group the entire journey,” Dwayne recalls. “From when we were pitching for the project through to the negotiations, design and construction phases.”
There were a few challenges to overcome, too.
“The site has a very long street frontage, so it was hard to come up with a façade that would look good within the street while also fitting the budget. Inside, the central atrium was great for collaboration, but took some clever engineering!”
It took months of hard work, but the end result ticked everyone’s boxes.
“You simply can’t compare the new building to the old one,” says Dwayne. “Transpower now has a user friendly, open plan, fit-for-purpose and secure building right in the heart of the CBD with access to all the amenities on offer. I’d imagine staff retention has improved and the way in which they work has changed significantly. All of these things have a major impact on staff morale and productivity.”
Innovative design and conception is seen throughout the whole building, from the impressive glass façade highlighting an outstanding exterior (achieving both acoustic and thermal performance with gas filled double-glazed panels) to the range of break-out rooms, pod rooms and stand-up desks which make collaboration a breeze.
“The entire programme, along with the fit out programme, was managed very well,” says Dwayne.
“Whenever we came up against a challenge, CBC would tackle it head on with outstanding leadership and communication. They’ve got a great ability to bring together a team of designers and consultants and find good, cost effective solutions.”