Image: WSP Graduate Sustainability Consultant Rikki-Lea James, Assistant Development Manager Matthew McCabe and WSP Associate Director Sustainability Patrick Campbell.
The urban renewal project is one of the most significant of its kind to have ever been undertaken in the region. The development will contain seven hectares of residential and retail development that comprise of 1,252 apartments and townhouses and a shopping precinct. The development will also include an additional seven hectares of parklands and open space.
Engaged for our sustainability services, WSP worked alongside the Grocon project team to ensure the maximum Green Star rating was achieved.
The 6 Star Green Star Communities rating that the Parklands Project achieved is awarded to community scale projects for excellence in sustainability relating to governance, liveability, economic prosperity, environment and innovation initiatives.
6 Star Green Star Communities projects promote well connected, diverse, inclusive and healthy places that decrease environmental impact. The Parklands Project has demonstrated these principles through adopting several sustainability features. These include; planting 136,420 new trees across the site, assuming green building design, re-establishing a natural creek and floodplain, creating large green spaces across the site and adopting smart metering that aims to decrease energy and water consumption.
Image courtesy of Grocon.
The Parklands Project has also achieved a maximum possible score for the criteria on innovation through undertaking numerous innovative initiatives. These include:
- Partnering with the local community to raise funds for Southport Special School
- Including a changing place facility and accessible residential design
- Creating a Reconciliation Action Plan
- Supporting Indigenous students through skills training
- Providing sustainability awareness/education centres on site that inform people about the sustainability features of Parklands and
- Acknowledging and integrating culture, heritage and community identity in Parklands’ design
Associate Director – Sustainability, Patrick Campbell recognises the significance of achieving a world leading Green Star rating and commends the project team on their commitment towards making the Parklands Project a high performance sustainable development.
'Parklands Project achieving a 6 Star Green Star Communities rating is a testament to the strength of the project team’s vision - to develop a community that reflects the history and culture associated with the site with strong embedded sustainability through design principles and governance; this vision has created a healthy, accessible and world leading place for the Gold Coast community to live, work and play.'
Congratulations to our Sustainability team and the wider project team on achieving a world leadership 6 Star Green Star Communities rating for the Parklands Project.
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