At least 500 KPMG staff are based in a newly outfitted Parramatta office as of this week, after KPMG’s Greater Western Sydney office relocated from Phillip Street to Parramatta Square, one of Australia’s largest commercial precincts.
The new office, in the heart of Parramatta’s fast-growing CBD, has been designed to support growth and a workplace lifestyle for employees.
“The upgraded space will allow KPMG to continue its strong history of supporting businesses in the GWS region, with KPMG having first established a presence here in February 2015,” said KPMG Greater Western Sydney partner Kaylene Hubbard.
“KPMG has been proud to offer a diverse and flexible working environment reflective of the region and its population for the past eight years.”
The new-and-improved fit out comes as organisations modify workplaces to attract and retain talent and allow employees to get together in groups and enjoy the experience when they come into the office.
Features of the new Greater Western Sydney office include:
- an open-air terrace exclusive for KPMG use;
- a dedicated Client + Connect space, where our clients and colleagues can meet in an informal, café style way;
- a non-denominational reflection room with a foot bath, which can be used for anything from prayer, to reflection and stretching individually or for small groups;
- a purpose-built all-gender bathroom;
- a TechZone; and
- a Staff Wellbeing and community hub area where staff can meet and relax and unwind, complete with ping pong table.
The new office will serve as a Western Sydney hub for clients and staff, with full-service capability. It cements KPMG’s presence in the City of Parramatta, which is forecast to grow by 73 percent in population over the next two decades.
Parramatta’s CBD has seen an infrastructure focus over the last few years, with the newly opened Bankwest Stadium; an upgrade to the Riverside Theatre and multiple residential towers among the key projects.
“We’ve created a space that will draw people together to connect and collaborate,” Kaylene says.
“It really is an environment that facilitates innovative and flexible working. We have a great office culture in our GWS office and high presence of staff already. This new office will take this even further.”
The office has been designed to reduce the firm’s carbon footprint and supports KPMG’s commitment to being net zero by optimising energy and resource efficiency. The 3 Parramatta Square building is a highly rated, low environmental footprint building, boasting a 6 Star Green Star design and 6 Star Green Star interiors rating.
Featured in the new office is an artwork by local Indigenous students from Doonside Technology High School. Students from the school have had a mentoring relationship with KPMG employees based in Parramatta for at least six years and that is set to continue, with sessions planned for later this year in the new office.
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