Case Study - Microsoft, Singapore

Project data

  • Customer
  • Microsoft
  • Value
  • GBP 2m – 5m (S$9,000,000)
  • Area
  • 116,575 sq ft
  • Programme duration
  • 4 weeks
  • Completion date
  • September 2013
  • Project Manager
  • Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Architect
  • HBO+EMTB
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • WT Partnership
  • M&E Engineer
  • Parsons Brinckerhoff

Overview

ISG was the Main Contractor for fit-out works of  116,575 sq ft of office space for Microsoft in Singapore; implementing the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions‘ ‘New World of Work’ in which it believes redesigned offices and the latest technology will facilitate even greater flexibility for its staff.

At the same time as delivering Microsoft’s new working approach in Singapore, ISG was also delivering the same concept to Microsoft’s Kuala Lumpur office spread across two floors totalling 37,000 sq ft. 

The approach

The three core dimensions to Microsoft’s ‘New World of Work’ are People, Places and Technology. Microsoft believes that modern society’s mental approach to technology is shifting as new digital tools become commonplace, enabling people to work and communicate in different ways. People are also increasingly working on the move, meaning that they have become more fluid in terms of their physical presence.

Thanks to advances in technology, the idea of the office as the primary work location is being challenged as the idea of being able to work any time, any place and anywhere evolves. Through implementing this new approach to working, Microsoft believes that organisations can manage the diverse range of talents effectively at their disposal, ensuring every employee is empowered to perform to their maximum capability, allowing everyone to contribute equally.

Outcome

Employees are free to roam the open-plan space, finding a new spot to work at on a daily basis; staying connected through laptops, smart phones, Lync and SharePoint and an app that helps them locate colleagues in the office – all of which run on a vast network of Microsoft software. The ratio of desks to people stands at two people to one desk, however the office will have enough room for its staff for the next four years.

A new Microsoft Technology Centre was also developed to include a data centre, mini-theatre, meeting rooms, work areas and consumer Showcase space allowing Microsoft to showcase its latest technology and products to its clients both in the work and home environment.