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Digital and Sustainable: Lendlease and Google Cloud Partner to Digitally Transform the Built World

Sunnyvale, California & Sydney, Australia, 7 September 2021

International real estate group Lendlease and Google Cloud today announced a new global partnership aimed at transforming the construction and operation of buildings and cities around the world.

Working together, the two organizations will help usher in safer, more sustainable, and efficient urbanization projects globally by partnering in three key areas: advancing Lendlease’s next-generation IT strategy; integrating new artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and smart data features into Lendlease’s Podium building software platform; and collaborating on joint go-to-market initiatives to drive sustainability projects industry-wide.

Advancing Lendlease’s next-generation IT strategy

Lendlease is well progressed into exiting its eight on-premise data centers across four continents by 2022, with Google Cloud as its only cloud services provider. With Google Cloud as the foundation for its digital transformation strategy, Lendlease will move to the cloud by migrating its mission-critical enterprise workloads, including its data-intense CAD platforms, in-house project excellence platform, Oli, and its Oracle-based eFinance system.

Not only will this enable Lendlease to significantly increase operational efficiency, but also it will drive improved decision making through enhanced reporting and analytics capabilities, and a stronger cybersecurity posture across the organization.

render, Milano Innovation District (Lendlease)
render, Milano Innovation District (Lendlease)

Images: Rendering of Lendlease’s Milano Innovation District.

Co-developing Podium to digitize global supply chains and building lifecycles

Lendlease will integrate new AI/ML and smart data analytics capabilities from Google Cloud into Podium, the Lendlease platform that runs autonomous buildings and helps manage energy use, human needs, and resource management goals.

Today, Podium relies exclusively on Google Cloud for its data storage, network, and computing needs, and firms use the platform to plan construction projects with accurate parts, pricing and supply. Under the new partnership, the two companies will collaborate on new Podium products and services to give customers the needed intelligence to improve quality and safety, as well as accelerate development pipelines.

Partnering on sustainability to benefit the industry at large

The strategic partnership will also see the two organizations co-innovating around new cloud-based offerings underpinned by Podium, and working together on new sales and channel opportunities to drive Podium and Google Cloud adoption among existing customers and prospects. Ultimately this will help drive the digital transformation of the global property and real estate development industry, and give firms the advanced tools and capabilities to achieve their sustainability targets.

“Remaking buildings is both the greatest need and the greatest opportunity in addressing our future. By using Podium to digitize supply chains, firms can plan construction projects with accurate parts, pricing and supply. This means fewer delays to projects, more precise build plans, and a reduction in cost estimate errors. This will also put important information about the lifecycle of building projects into the hands of employees at their work locations, including construction sites and within owned property assets.” – Bill Ruh, CEO, Lendlease Digital

“By running on the cleanest cloud in the industry, Lendlease will gain increased efficiency, lower its environmental footprint, and be able to offer its clients greater information about the lifecycle of building projects. Working together, we will also spearhead digital transformation across the global property and construction industry, and enable companies to drive towards a healthier, more sustainable future.” – Alister Dias, Vice President, Google Cloud in Australia and New Zealand

Today, Podium supports key projects around the globe. For instance:

  • In Australia, Lendlease has collected over One Billion data records across 4 property assets including International Tower 1 in Barangaroo as well as Melbourne Quarter. With the partnership between Lendlease and Google Cloud we will be able to accelerate and rapidly scale our secure building data across the entire portfolio of assets, improving decision making, sustainability outcomes and the wellness of people using our spaces.
  • Through the Australian pilot we have already achieved a 24% reduction in electricity and 21% reduction in gas, and have identified 171 new opportunities for operational improvement.
  • In Singapore, Lendlease and Google Cloud are collaborating to develop digital supply automation solutions for the world. In August, it was announced that Lendlease and JTC have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding, designed to accelerate the adoption of digital platforms in the built world.
  • In Milan, Lendlease is Harnessing digital technology across the Milano Innovation District. Podium has been adopted in the design, assembly and operation automation across the district. You can see more of what we are doing through the Lendlease Placemaker App which brings to life both MIND and Barangaroo in an Augmented Reality Experience.
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About Lendlease

Lendlease is a globally integrated real estate and investment group with core expertise in shaping cities and creating strong and connected communities. Lendlease has been entrusted with many projects of public, cultural and social significance: constructing the Sydney Opera House, creating the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York, and restoring and renovating historic buildings such as London’s Tate Britain and National Theatre. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, our people are located in four operating regions: Australia, Europe, the Americas and Asia.

About Google Cloud

Google Cloud provides organizations with leading infrastructure, platform capabilities and industry solutions. We deliver enterprise-grade cloud solutions that leverage Google’s cutting-edge technology to help companies operate more efficiently and adapt to changing needs, giving customers a foundation for the future. Customers in more than 150 countries turn to Google Cloud as their trusted partner to solve their most critical business problems.