8 December 2010 – The NSW government today paved the way for the next stage of the Frasers Property group’s development at Broadway on the edge of Sydney’s CBD, with approval for two new buildings.

The project, now known as Central Park, is on the former Carlton and United Brewery site and will house up to 2500 residents and up to 5400 workers in a mixed use “urban village” with ambitions for a high environmental outcomes.

Key sustainability features will include:

  • on-site tri-generation for electricity, heating and cooling
  • a goal of carbon neutrality in operation
  • water recycling
  • blackwater treatment plant
  • passive solar design
  • each building to achieve minimum a five star Green Star rating
  • target of zero net carbon in operation, waste water recycling, and 100 per cent capture and re-use of rainwater from rooftops

Sustainability partner with Frasers is the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology, Sydney.

The latest project, two residential towers of 319 apartments designed by Richard Johnson of Johnson Pilton Walker, will continue the green theme unveiled for the first stage of the development, One Central Park.

The buildings will feature a “theatrical faced and abundant landscape,” Frasers said at yesterday’s on-site launch.

“The building form itself is ‘fractured’ to create light wells, elevated neighbourhood gardens and walkways that are connected by external landscaped stairs.

“Green walls will grow alongside open stairs, encouraging the use of stairs by residents on lower levels and beautifying the facades,” Frasers said.

“A new laneway will be created between the two buildings with deep soil planting allowing large-scale trees and human-scale underplanting.

“Deep planters in elevated landscaped communal gardens provide opportunities for residents to participate in communal gardening.”

However, the approval process did not go without a hitch.

NSW Planning Minister Tony Kelly said a total of 99 conditions had been imposed on the approval, including reconfiguration of 13 dual-key apartments in Block 5B to two-bedroom units to improve their amenity, the addition of a balcony to 24 dual-key apartments within Block 5A to provide an outdoor open space area and the addition of windows in 25 units to improve cross-ventilation.

Frasers Property Australia managing director Stanley Quek said stage one of the project, One Central Park, was already 60 per cent sold.

“With the evidence of sales so far achieved, we’re confident we have a winning combination of high demand from the market plus an underlying shortage of well-designed properties in a desirable urban location,” Dr Quek said.

The first stage of the development to be approved, One Central Park, designed by Pritzer Architecture Prize winner Jean Nouvel, will feature the world’s tallest green walls, created by French botanist Patrick Blanc.

It will also feature a “monumental cantilever” that will extend from One Central Park East, housing a garden terrace, a heliostat and dramatic light artwork, Frasers said at the launch on Tuesday.

“The heliostat incorporates an innovative system of fixed and motorised mirrored panels designed to capture sunlight and redirect it into the retail atrium and onto the landscaped terraces.

“At night the heliostat’s integrated lighting – designed by renowned lighting artist Yann Kersale – will theatrically and colourfully illuminate the towers in a way that has never before been seen in Sydney’s CBD.”

Dr Quek said a building contract worth about $350 million will be announced in the next few days.

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