Equifax signs up as anchor tenant at Blue & William in North Sydney
Keppel REIT Management and Lendlease today announced that Equifax, a global data, analytics and technology company, will be the anchor tenant for the new office development, Blue & William, in North Sydney.
Equifax will occupy around a third of the building’s net lettable area, which is approximately 4,350 square metres across levels 5 to 7, following a relocation from two separate offices in North Sydney to bring its people together in a new workplace. Equifax is expected to move in from late 2023.
Mr Koh Wee Lih, Chief Executive Officer of Keppel REIT Management, said, “Blue & William marks Keppel REIT’s strategic expansion into North Sydney. This major commercial district’s connectivity will be enhanced when the new Victoria Cross Metro Station linking North Sydney to Sydney CBD is completed in 2024. We are pleased that Equifax has chosen Blue & William as its preferred business address, reaffirming our positive sentiments on the North Sydney market. In line with Keppel REIT’s commitment towards sustainability, Blue & William is designed to be a smart and green office building, with tenant experience and wellness as a priority.”
Ms Lisa Gordon, Head of Commercial Development of Lendlease, said, “We’ve experienced strong interest in Blue & William as companies look to reconceptualise their work-based lifestyle, moving towards new, modern and sustainable buildings.
“With features like private outdoor terraces with harbour views and a landscaped wellness garden, our latest commercial development – together with Victoria Cross Tower – represent the next generation workplace as part of the future vision for North Sydney.”
Ms Melanie Cochrane, Group Managing Director of Australia/New Zealand of Equifax, said, “Equifax is excited to be the anchor tenant at Blue & William, North Sydney, providing a fantastic opportunity to bring our Sydney based team together in one location. The new building design and fitout, will provide for greater collaboration, creativity and innovation across our teams to support our customers and help us attract the best talent. In addition, the move helps us reduce our footprint by bringing our teams together into one 5 Star Green Star and 5.5 Stars NABERS space which supports our sustainability commitments.”
Located on the prime intersection of Blue and William streets, the 10-storey development was acquired by Keppel REIT in December 2021. Lendlease is developing and managing the building, expanding its footprint in the area and bolstering its commercial development pipeline in North Sydney, which is undergoing rapid transformation.
Designed by global architecture and design studio Woods Bagot, the development will provide panoramic views of the Sydney Harbour, a landscaped wellness garden and further open spaces, an on-site café, a premium lobby and end-of-trip facilities to support healthier ways to commute and connect.
The building is designed to achieve the 5 Star Green Star Design and As Built Rating by the Green Building Council of Australia, as well as the 5.5 Stars National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) Base Building Energy Rating.
Blue & William reached structural completion in September 2022 with façade and internal fit-out progressing in advance of practical completion by mid-2023.
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Listed by way of an introduction on 28 April 2006, Keppel REIT is one of Asia’s leading REITs with a portfolio of Grade A commercial assets in key business districts pan-Asia.
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