Grosvenor Asia Pacific announced today that its new Hong Kong and Shanghai office refurbishments have both been awarded the International WELL Building Institute’s™ (IWBI™) Gold Level Certification for the WELL Building Standard™ (WELL™). The office refurbishments, designed by award-winning boutique studio Bean Buro (Hong Kong) and international interior design and build firm DB&B (Shanghai) in consultation with mechanical, engineering and plumbing consultant Glumac, are the first office refurbishment projects in Asia to receive such recognition for new and existing interiors.
Administered by IWBI, the WELL Building Standard is an evidence and performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features that impact human health and wellness in buildings through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind.
The 4,243 sq. ft. Hong Kong office Headquarters for Grosvenor Asia located in Jardine House, Central, received its WELL Certification at Gold level on 3 March, 2018 and Grosvenor’s 2,584 sq. ft. Shanghai office located in HKRI Taikoo Hui, Jing’an District became WELL Certified also at the Gold level on 16 January 2018.
Ian Mair, Chief Operating Officer, Grosvenor Asia Pacific commented: “We are delighted to be the first offices in Asia to achieve this level of WELL Certification. The refurbishment of our Hong Kong and Shanghai offices demonstrate how the WELL Building Standard can be applied without incurring significant additional expense while putting our employees’ health, happiness and productivity at the centre of our business agenda. The feedback from staff so far has been extremely positive.”
The Design: WELL
The innovative workspaces create a more productive and engaging working environment by incorporating sustainable and human-centric design features as central philosophies.
In both offices, employees from the open plan can choose to work in a variety of spaces, such as the informal focus rooms, phone booths, and a pantry cafe. A wellness room provides an area for relaxation and each space is fitted with bespoke lighting control sensors, and high-performance acoustic solutions. The designs also use purposefully selected air-purifying planters to reduce CO2 levels.
The design features are supported by a number of policies to enable employees to maximise their health and productivity at work. Employees benefit from company sponsored gym memberships, daily fresh fruit, and most recently, the roll out of a mindfulness program where employees have learnt techniques to focus and manage their energy and alertness.
Team Impact: Doing things in a sustainable way benefits both our staff and the environment
The WELL Certification endorses Grosvenor’s commitment to achieving excellent air quality, rigorous water quality standards, and health-oriented lighting design. Unsolicited feedback from staff demonstrates the innovative design features are genuinely enhancing their workspace environment and experience.
The two offices are also expected to imminently achieve certification under Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Shanghai is targeting LEED Platinum Level Certification to accompany its WELL Certification at Gold Level. The Hong Kong Office is targeting a dual LEED and WELL Gold Level Certification, which if successful, will make it the first office refurbishment project in Hong Kong to achieve such recognition.
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Grosvenor Group Limited
Grosvenor Group is one of the world's largest privately-owned property businesses. It develops, manages and invests in property in more than 60 cities globally. It aims to diversify its property portfolio by geography, sector, activity, currency and management teams through the activities of four regional Operating Companies and an Indirect Investment business while also making a lasting contribution, today and for future generations, to the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of the urban communities it is part of.
Grosvenor Asia Pacific
Grosvenor Asia Pacific is an investor, developer and asset manager which has been active in the region for over 20 years. Operating across the residential, office, retail and multi-use sectors in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo, the company aims to make a lasting contribution to the communities in which it is active, and to the environment, taking advantage of the property skills and the long-term perspective that the Grosvenor Group has developed over many generations.
Grosvenor Asia Pacific invests its own capital, co-invests with third parties and is responsible for managing assets in excess of HK$6.8bn*. For further details, please see our Annual Review available at www.grosvenor.com.
*valued at 31 December 2016
About WELL and IWBI
The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) is leading the global movement to promote the health and wellness of people in buildings and communities everywhere. IWBI delivers the cutting-edge WELL Building Standard™ and the WELL Community Standard™, performance-based systems for measuring, certifying and monitoring features of buildings and communities that impact the health and wellness of the people who live, work, and learn in them. It also supports the growing number of professionals who seek WELL accreditation, as third-party administered by GBCI. Learn more at: www.wellcertified.com