Mercury Energy Headquarters Fitout
Energy retailer Mercury Energy has revitalised its Auckland headquarters with a radical refurbishment which has transformed a rabbit warren of offices and corridors to a stimulating open-plan environment that encourages interaction and productivity.
The open-plan environment has meant that communication has improved in the office. Fresh colours and vibrant spaces make the building a more pleasant place to work. Design was also inspired by the people and cultures of Mercury Energy. Curves and rounded corners are incorporated throughout, reminiscent of Asian/Pacific art forms, to create a fluid, free-flowing environment.
Prior to renovation there were different types of workstations and furniture throughout the office. Uniform furniture types as well as a raised floor has made the work environment far more flexible. Where possible, fittings and materials were sourced locally to reduce the impact on the environment.
Much of the new furniture is made of recycled materials and existing chairs were reupholstered to give them a second life.
“Overall the changes have been a resounding success. Management is finding people are actually spending more time at work, are more energised throughout the day, and also leave work happier - a positive result for all” - Bernd Gundermann, Architect
Two Years On
Att S&T we are steadily improving our service quality by incorporating feedback from previous projects into the new designs. We are interested not only in the immediate results of a refurbishment or fitout project, but also in how the building performs two to three years down the line.
We approached Mercury Energy to discuss how the refurbishment of their office space is performing after two years of occupation. Feedback emphasised an increase in productivity partly attributed to the state of the economy and pressure on current staff to perform, but enabled by a working environment that supports a trend of staff arriving at work earlier and leaving later. Staff contentment appears to have improved alongside spending longer hours at work!
To watch a video of interviews with Mercury Energy staff, please click here.