Inside the Rialto Regeneration Project #2

8th Oct 2015

Health & Wellness

The Rialto Regeneration Project is more than the redevelopment. It’s about the precinct, and people.

We began with the Intercontinental Hotel (more on that soon), then introduced a carefully selected group of restaurateurs and cafe operators within Rialto, and simultaneously spent over $30 million replacing major plant & equipment. One of the most desirable outcomes of new mechanical services is the delivery of 5 star indoor air quality.

Our Health & Wellness strategy will ensure Rialto delivers an environment that enhances wellbeing, reduces sick days, and increases workplace productivity. While the office market jumps on the End-of-Trip facility bandwagon, we went the next step by integrating a health services floor with direct lift access to the secured bike store, and the brand new change rooms equipped with showers, lockers, ironing facilities, and drying rooms. The complimentary towel service is tied to our in-house dry cleaner, which is in turn accessible via the portal. Convenient.

Aptly named, Productive Health & Wellness at Rialto operates personalised and corporate programmes, together with nutritional guidance. The gym caters for strength and conditioning, functional strength training, cardio, circuit classes, boxing, and yoga.

Alongside Productive, is Optimum Muscular Health (myotherapy), Melbourne City Pilates, Back-in-Health Osteopathy, and Chinese Medicine. Best of all, the team is made up of highly qualified, great people. Complimenting these providers is Botanica Day Spa, occupying space within the adjacent heritage Intercontinental building. Post redevelopment, we would like to add practitioners in dietetics, naturopathy, psychology, and potentially medicine.

The next step in the Health & Wellness strategy is to provide nutritional food alternatives as part of the redeveloped retail space at ground level. We are currently working with some highly regarded food operators, and interiors consultant, Mim Design, to deliver a fascinating place to be.

Having grown up around psychologists, I’m intrigued by the potential for workplaces to change and enhance the way people come together to communicate for the betterment of business, and most importantly, their own wellbeing. Stress, spiked cortisol levels, and a sedentary lifestyle, perpetuates poor physical and mental health. Employers can facilitate cultural change, and enable significantly increased flexibility through great real estate decisions. Leading interior architects are awake to the importance of these drivers, but building selection is where it starts. In Melbourne, Rialto is leading the way.