Part of Singapore’s largest commercial fitout project, Woodhead has completed the second stage of the Standard Chartered Bank at Marina Bay Financial Centre in Singapore. The new premises encompass approximately 48,000sqm over 25 floors of Marina Bay Financial Centre, Tower One.

Woodhead, as Lead Consultant for the interior design, has designed the fitout consolidating 6,800 staff from twelve facilities into two. The Marina Bay site houses; Consumer Banking, Wholesale Banking, Private Banking, Trading Floors, Executive Offices and Client Meeting Suites, with collocation in one site effecting cost savings and operational efficiencies in its property strategy.

Woodhead’s design for the workplace is driven by the bank’s objectives; improving workflow efficiency, engaging multi-generational and cultural fusion in its human capital, and unlocking technology enablers. The resultant workplace demonstrates how design can lead and support cultural change to bring about business goals.

Woodhead has worked closely with Standard Chartered’s in-house Workplace Effectiveness team, Project Management team, both in-house and third party consultants and Facilities Management as a cohesive team over a 3-year period. The team has achieved a successful workplace design despite the challenge and complexities of large-scale planning and stack in an environment of headcount ambiguity and industry volatility. The design outcomes reflect Woodhead’s commitment to creating world-class work environments that attract and retain the best talent.

The design team applied ongoing research and knowledge in Environmentally Sustainable Design principles in alignment with Standard Chartered’s corporate Sustainability objectives of operating from buildings which are Green Mark accredited.

The Woodhead project team included designers from Singapore, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane, collaborating across studios to deliver agile workplace solutions for Standard Chartered. Standard Chartered has incorporated the planning and design principles developed and refined in MBFC into the bank’s new Global Office Workplace Standards.

In addition to the MBFC commission, the client engaged Woodhead for the interior design of its other locations including Beijing, Mumbai, Nairobi and Mauritius.