Launch of World Green Building Week

20 September 2011 – Lend Lease on Monday night showcased its new six star Green Star Commonwealth Bank Place at Darling Quarter in Sydney in its launch event for World Green Building Week

Apart from the swank new offices complete with dramatic atrium, internal timber blinds and meeting areas decked out in a playful, colourful style reminiscent of the Ivy nightclub, the building is strong on social sustainability, head of development for Lend Lease, David Rolls said.

David Rolls, under the spotlight

This included a massive family playground designed by Aspect Studio Studios, a “not for profit” youth theatre, community green and dining precinct. There is also an interactive wall on the western façade made up of light emitting diode, or LED, lights which can be used to “paint” images through computer programs.

Mr Rolls told the audience that motivation for greening the built environment was growing.

“We are seeing a real commitment from the property industry, government and the community to tackle the core of where carbon emissions come from – our cities. It makes sense that we start here, if we are trying to make a real difference to climate change,” Mr Rolls said.

There was “rapid change in the industry to deliver precincts that consider all the elements which make up a sustainable community, a move that is taking us well beyond individual green buildings.”

Technology and better design were part of the equation.

“Innovation in green technologies and creative design has helped us to deliver projects which we never thought possible.

“However, to achieve even greater sustainability outcomes we need to believe that it is possible to combine strong economic performance with enhanced environmental outcomes and progressive social inclusion and community wellbeing.

We don’t need to trade one off for the other,” Mr Rolls said.

Commonwealth Bank Place has achieved a 6 Star Green Star –v2 Office Design certified rating.

Lend Lease developed the project in agreement with the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and later sold it to Australian Prime Property Fund Commercial, which it manages, and an undisclosed institutional investor.

Commonwealth Bank Place comprises two eight-storey campus-style commercial office buildings with around 58,000 square metres of office space for about 6000 CBA employees, 200 underground car spaces and retail facilities of 3000 square metres.

It includes a new public park which Lend Lease says includes  a state-of-the-art playground of 4000 sq m, “the largest and most elaborate in Sydney,” and “the largest illuminated playground in the country”.

There is also a kiosk, amenities block and an undercover seating area for parents. The area is designed to maximise sightlines for parents of the children at play and a “community green”, designed to encourage people to “sit, relax and enjoy their food in a spectacular outdoor setting”, complete with blankets and deck chairs and  permanent table tennis tables.

Sustainability features include:

  • 6 Star Green Star – v2 Office Design certified rating with 84 credit points, the “highest score for a building of its size,” according to Lend Lease.

    Playful colour and texture for meeting and social areas
  • Passive and active design features save 2500 tonnes of carbon emissions per year and reduce main water consumption by 92 per cent.
  • Highly efficient building envelope which optimises the availability of natural daylight whilst controlling solar loads
  • Chilled beam technology throughout office areas
  • 100 per cent fresh air provided to office tenancy, avoiding the recirculation of stale air
  • Trigeneration plant that generates electricity, heat and cooling which significantly reduces carbon emissions
  • Blackwater treatment and reuse for WC flushing and cooling tower water supplies. Local sewer is used as a reliable source of blackwater
  • 300,000 litre rainwater harvesting tank. Recycled water is supplied to the public domain
  • Use of low volatile organic compounds materials, improving the internal environment quality
  • Motion sensor activated lighting to control unnecessary use of lighting systems and generate electricity savings
  • About 80 per cent of on-site construction waste was recycled

Key consultants were:

  • Architectural Design, Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (fjmt)
  • Landscape Architecture, Aspect Studios
  • Environmental Sustainable Design, Arup, Lend Lease
  • Civil Engineer Hyder Consulting

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Commonwealth Bank Place – a dramatic atrium

The playground
Meeting pods
Romilly Madew, Green Building Council of Australia
Maria Atkinson, Lend Lease