The relocation for NSW Treasury meant significant change, namely, moving from a static environment to an agile one. CSM supplied much of the office furniture, but how did this help make this major transition a success?
April 20th, 2015
Completed under the old Office Furniture scheme C1006, CSM supplied all steel storage in the NSW Treasury fit-out – the most recent in CSM’s Government agency fit-outs nationally.
A significant objective for Treasury was “increased collaboration, more opportunity for high focus work, and increased choice in our work settings,” says Elizabeth Earle, Relocations Manager at NSW Treasury. “We wanted to drive innovation through choice and modernisation, and set ourselves a goal or a Flintstones to Jetsons change in one move.”
Much of Treasury’s strategy was based around the findings from the Gensler workplace 2013 survey, Treasury conducted internal work style and utilisation studies to confirm their project principles and its own strategy. For Martin Place, the new fit-out features classic linear workstations – entirely sit stand allocated at a 90% utilisation ratio with technology enablers such as laptops and wireless connectivity across the fit-out to allow effective use of all the spaces in the design.
The major change was from a “static environment to an agile environment” and was implemented over a very short period of time, which brought a number of challenges “around new system and hardware rollouts, paper reductions and of course the impact of change on Treasury staff,” says Earle.
To address this a strong engagement program was implemented. Which is where CSM could help.
One of the most prominent challenges was a large hard copy reduction to support the move to electronic document management.
With an ambitious target of a 50% reduction in storage (they actually exceeded by achieving 62% reduction by the time they relocated), entire new storage systems were required. CSM provided the rolling storage units and the end of run storage solutions. They also developed additional solutions such as team and group storage, in a number of rolling storage units, and coat cupboards in addition to various other coat solutions in the fit out.
“Treasury prototyped the storage solution at our former offices and allowed staff input to the proposed solutions. The solution involved two types of storage units at the end of run, two tambours, and one retractable door with coat cupboard.”
The effect of the coat storage, for example, is that it “encourages staff not to own the chair by leaving the coats behind,” says Earle. More generally, it helps create an agile workplace culture, supporting innovation and collaboration, just what Treasury was after.
The end of run storage and joinery elements helped make “the tightly zoned planning of the Treasury fit out possible” as well as providing “a natural barrier to work neighbourhoods without compromising on the feeling of space across the fit out.” Thus, CSM contributed not only to efficiency in terms of storage, but to a positive environment overall.
CSM has been officially appointed a NSW Government supplier under the new prequalification scheme: Office Furniture.
CSM is now qualified in a larger capacity under the categories; Steel Furniture, Workstations and Companion Accessories, Seating and General Office Furniture, and applies to procurement for projects of all sizes.
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