Deloitte delight over new Circular Quay office digs in Sydney

19 May 2023 3 min. read
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After close to three decades at Grosvenor Place in Sydney, Deloitte has relocated its Australian headquarters to a modern new office in Circular Quay, and its local staff couldn’t be more excited.

Staff at professional services firm Deloitte have celebrated the firm’s move into shiny new offices in Sydney’s Quay Quarter Tower in Circular Quay, taking to social media to share pics and reminisce over the Big Four firm’s former Grosvenor Place haunt.

Serving as its Australian headquarters, Deloitte has signed a 10-year lease at the 50 Bridge Street address, covering more than 27,000 square metres including the top floor and an outdoor balcony.

Deloitte’s new office in Sydney

“It’s finally happened. After 28 years in our spiritual home at Grosvenor Place, we have moved into the world’s best building at Quay Quarter Tower,” stated Sydney managing partner Andrew Pellow. “It’s taken several years, designed during Covid for a new hybrid and modern way of working, to create an incredibly special space. But the one thing that was missing until this week was the energy created by our people, seeing everyone come in, talk, work together and reconnect.”

Pellow added that he had personally held off for a time from posting on the relocation, wanting to first gauge how staff felt about the new digs, and judging by the delighted reaction from employees on LinkedIn he wouldn’t have been disappointed by the response.

With its spectacular views overlooking the Sydney Harbour, and a modern open design featuring a range of new tech-powered amenities, it’s easy enough to appreciate the cause for excitement.

The view overlooking Sydney Harbour

“Yesterday I got my first experience with the new Deloitte office in Sydney. The design is elegant, the office is incredibly spacious, there are a fair amount of touchdown/collaboration areas, and the advanced technology within our workspaces is mind-blowing,” commented consultant Justin Aboud, as just a small sample of the general sentiment on the business networking site. “I’m beyond excited to be a part of this innovative work environment.”

In developing its new office, Pellow said the firm was guided by a “bump and belong” design mantra. “The ‘bump’ factor was to create places where people could make unexpected connections; to bump into each other in our vertical villages and other cool spaces, something that can’t be replicated at home,” he stated, while also acknowledging; “We all need a sense of belonging. A home. So, we designed lots of interesting spaces with a nod to the idea of ‘home’.”

While Deloitte’s Sydney team were naturally abuzz, perhaps the greatest compliment came from south of the border, with recently-appointed Clients, Industries & Markets national managing partner Paul Rehder admitting, somewhat, to a degree of envy; “As a proud Melbournian, I would never enter a debate about our two cities . . . but it’s safe to say I’m looking forward to visiting Deloitte’s new home and seeing the view out to the harbour soon!”

A lounge area

Deloitte’s move fits within a current trend among industry rivals toward premium office space, both in Sydney and across Australia. BDO recently signed a 6,100 square metre lease in Sydney’s Parkline Place development, while KPMG last month shifted its 500-plus western Sydney team into a new, custom-designed office in Parramatta.

Meanwhile, Deloitte is also on the move in both Brisbane and Adelaide, having only fairly recently relocated in Melbourne.