Construction & Real Estate

JLL shifts office to Leed-certified ICD Brookfield Place

JLL, a leading professional services firm specialised in real estate, investment management, and development consultancy services, has opened its new multifunctional office in Dubai, designed on the principles of the workplace of the future. 
Located in the heart of Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), the new office is built to the highest standards of sustainability, and prioritizes employee wellbeing and productivity and it fully embraces the needs of a dynamic, hybrid working environment.
The relocation to the 10,000 sq ft office was marked by a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the presence of high-profile dignitaries; led by JLL CEO and President Christian Ulbrich; Middle East, Africa & Turkey CEO Thierry Delvaux and other staff members. 
The opening was also attended by DIFC Governor Essa Kazim and Arif Amiri, CEO, DIFC Authority who officially welcomed JLL to DIFC.
Following the inauguration, the dignitaries were led on a tour of the office and briefed on how the integration of biophilic elements and green features enhance functionality in the shift to the future of work and positively impacts health and happiness. 
The future-ready, green, and sustainable workplace brings JLL one step closer to fulfilling its own sustainability targets and is in line with the UAE’s ambitious Net Zero by 2050 initiative and decarbonization drive, said Ulbrich.
"At JLL, our vision is to shape the future of real estate and deliver long-term value for our stakeholders. In a world of hybrid working, human-centric solutions that value choice and flexibility will optimize organizational performance and achieve business resilience," he noted.
Certified by the globally recognized symbol of excellence in green building, JLL’s new office is also primed to achieve LEED Gold and WELL Gold Certification, as JLL sets a new benchmark for sustainable, healthy, energy-efficient, and future-ready offices in the region. 
The new office has optimized the use of natural resources to achieve energy savings of 17%. A biophilic design that forges the connection with nature provides a high-quality indoor environment and minimizes negative environmental and human health consequences for employees. 
Adhering to WELL Building Standard, the industry’s leading health-focused benchmark for buildings, JLL has also incorporated best practices in design and construction with evidence-based health and wellness interventions.
"JLL has a very ambitious sustainability roadmap and the forward-thinking design of the new Dubai office builds on these commitments while also providing a positive people experience as it reimagines the office as a place to learn, connect and socialize," he stated.
Highlighting how investing in quality office space is gaining priority today as dynamic working patterns lead to a paradigm shift in the world of work, Delvaux said: "Environmental and social aspirations are impacting future office portfolio transformation as demand is on the rise for innovative, flexible, and sustainable work environments."
"ICD Brookfield Place takes a leadership approach to sustainability, and we are delighted to drive our growth in the region and deliver greater financial, environmental, and social rewards for our clients from our new office at one of the most environmentally and occupant conscious buildings globally," he noted.
Welcoming JLL into DIFC, Amiri said: "Their commitment to sustainability aligns with our mission to drive responsible growth in Dubai on our journey towards achieving the UAE’s Net Zero by 2050 initiative."
"JLL’s new LEED Platinum certified premises also exemplify the cutting-edge sustainable workplace design, setting a high standard for the DIFC community," he added.-TradeArabia News Service