Waterco HQ rises from the ashes

Waterco Limited

By Alice Richard
Wednesday, 12 October, 2016

Following a devastating fire that destroyed its head office in January 2015, Waterco has moved back ‘home’ just in time for Christmas.

“We’re thrilled that just 21 months after the fire that gutted our head office building we have moved back in. Our building is now better than ever, which is a great outcome for both customers and staff,” said Bryan Goh, Waterco’s group marketing director.

“Thanks to the support of our wonderful staff, customers, suppliers, Steadfast IC Frith and our insurer VERO, we remained 100% operational from virtually day one after the fire. However, it was a great feeling for all of us to return ‘home’.”

The exterior of Waterco's newly rebuilt head office in Rydalmere.

The exterior of Waterco’s newly rebuilt head office in Rydalmere.

One silver lining to come out of the fire is the company’s new state-of-the-art facility, designed by Studio CCP Associate Santo Talarico.

“While we would have preferred not to have had the inconvenience and distress that accompanied losing our previous building, we are now looking at the positive outcomes that resulted,” said Goh.

“Our engineering department is among the beneficiaries, with a fully tooled workshop, offices and sound testing facilities for products. Research and development of cutting-edge products has always been at the forefront of Waterco’s business, and these new facilities will really enhance the capabilities of our engineering team.”

The facility's new showroom.

The facility’s new showroom.

Besides an impressive, light-filled new showroom, the building is fully accessible for disabled visitors and staff, and it also includes LED lighting, a fully functional gymnasium and breakout areas on the ground and first floors for staff and client meetings.

“We have also taken a modern approach to the furniture, workstations, training facility, boardroom and three meeting rooms. Staff in the administration area will be surrounded by 114 pot plants to take a little of the stress out of the day, while customer service has been designed to encourage a team environment,” said Goh.

“We look forward to hanging Christmas decorations in our bright new building in the coming weeks and to welcoming our clients and partners to celebrate our homecoming in the near future.”

The new reception area.

The new reception area.

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