CCBR Business Review

7 Work starts on new ING Central Coast home B U S I N E S S N E W S ERINA BASED COMMERCIAL builder, Stevens Construction, have started work on a new $26 million office building at Wyong for the Gibbens Group with a Sod Turning Ceremony being held to mark the com- mencement in late July. ING Australia, which currently operates a call centre at Tuggerah Business Park, will relocate to the new building having signed a long-term lease for 3,600sqm of space over three levels including the ground floor and staff parking for 350 vehicles and will accommodate 600 people. The purpose-built building has been designed to the highest environmental standards with a 4 Green Star rating. It will utilise natural light and provide vistas over Wyong Golf Course. A sprawling garden will give employees the opportunity to work outside or the space to recharge. The ING building forms part of the Wyong Business Park at 4 Dulmison Avenue with a 190m frontage to Pacific Highway and an overall area of 8.26ha which Gibbens Group are developing after acquir- ing it about five years ago. Addressing those present, ING Australia’s CEO, Uday Sareen said, “We have been on the Central Coast for almost two dec- ades and we are one of the region’s big- gest employers. A quarter of our entire Australian workforce is based there. The Coast produces passionate, caring and dedicated people that we want to invest in to help build our business.” “For any organisation to succeed it needs to provide an environment where the health and wellness of employees are pri- oritised. People are most productive when they have a good work life balance and this is exactly what our new Central Coast home is about.” “The building will help to increase our agility with new technology that will make it easier for teams to work collaboratively, even if their colleagues are working in another office or at home.” Significantly, the new office has been configured to enable ING staff working in other departments in their Sydney office to work in the new Wyong office. ING Direct Australia Head of Contact Centres who is based at the Tuggerah Call Centre, said, “this means opportunities. Opportunities for our current workforce to expand to other areas of our business. It means career opportunities for our people who live here on the Central Coast without having to go to Sydney.” The new building is due to open in 2022. Image of ING BuildingWyong ING Australia CEO Uday Sareen and Gibbens Group CEO Matthew Gibbens turning the first sod. CENTRAL COAST BUSINESS REVIEW AUGUST 2020