Presented by the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA), the award is a celebration of the precinct’s outstanding commitment to the environment and recognition as a leader in sustainability.
Our Property team has played a key role on the project over the past decade, on the Central Park project, helping to design one of the greenest and most self-sufficient precincts of its kind in Australia.
Tim Parker, our Director of Sustainability, says, “It was great to work with a client that truly wants to provide market leading sustainability on its development. Being involved from start to finish in a project like this has been a privilege.”
According to the award category judges, Central Park’s success was due to the developer’s commitment to establishing best practice benchmarks and aspirations early in the project - including minimum building standards, on-site energy generation and water reuse ensuring the creation of a closed loop system providing an exceptional environmental standard for the entire precinct.
One of the major innovations at Central Park is the 2.2 MW Central Thermal and Electrical Plant, which we designed. Our client had bold ambitions to create a plant that supplied all the buildings with energy, while simultaneously creating a greater level of open private space for residents.
Tim says “The central thermal plant resulted in a significant GHG emission savings for the whole site. While normally each building would have dedicated chillers and boilers, our design combined them into the central plant, freeing up space in each building and reducing plant requirements, improving redundancy and maximising benefit to the environment.”
“An added benefit is the ability to supply excess thermal energy to the neighbouring UTS, reducing their GHG emissions as well.”
The multi-staged development strived for the highest sustainability rating across the mixed-use sites and aimed to use sustainable energy and water infrastructure at a scale not seen before in Australia.
In their comments, the judges were particularly impressed with the unique 1ML recycled water treatment plant on site, recognised as the largest facility of its type in a residential building in the world.
This facility recycles stormwater, grey and black water as well as treating 100% of sewage from the site, meeting 100% of non-potable water needs.
According to the judges, the site as it stands today is a demonstration of the result of these processes done well.