10 September 2013 — Lend Lease and the Stable Group have completed the $75 million Lifestyle Working Collins Street in Melbourne’s Victoria Harbour, Australia’s first 5 Star Green Star – Office Design v3 rated strata title office, and one of only a few commercial strata office buildings to target 5 star NABERS Energy and Water ratings.
Its innovative Melbourne City Solar Farm will provide 132 kilowatts of solar energy to both individual suites and the base building.
There are 1.5kW strata titled “Solar Lots” for a large number of suites providing electricity to those suites during daylight hours. Energy unused is fed back into the grid with a credit back to the suite.
Lend Lease Victoria Harbour project director Claire Johnston said “the unique and ground breaking innovation” was designed to provide up to 100 per cent of the base building energy during daylight hours and reduce energy costs.
“Other sustainability features include passive engineering techniques to reduce energy needs, cross flow ventilation to all suites, variable refrigerant volume gas air-conditioning and heating, and predominantly plantation hardwood timbers on ground floor and bridges,” she said.
“Tenants will enjoy free use of shared Lifestyle Working electric motor scooters and the development is well serviced by public transport, with train services close by and a tram at the front door.”
The five-storey building, which has 137 strata office suites and retail, was designed on a flexible platform featuring shared private and semi-private meeting spaces, collaboration areas, alternative working environments and state-of-the-art technology.
Another technology feature includes a Lifestyle Working App developed to manage room bookings and provide a range of services within the building.
Ms Johnston said the project had taken on the needs of small to medium sized businesses “beyond the traditional strata office parameter to deliver the same efficiencies, environmental benefits and flexible working environment options that are currently only available to larger tenants”.
Stable Group chairman Ed Horton said following on from the success of Lifestyle Working Brookvale in Sydney, this next generation building took innovation and space efficiencies to a whole new level.
“One of the fundamental differences in this market is that businesses need to get value for money and differentiate themselves from competitors,” he said.
“The base principles guiding the design and operation of our Lifestyle Working Collins Street development are tangible and measurable value-add benefits – far more efficient space, low operating costs, leading edge technologies and ground breaking sustainable initiatives,” he said.
Green Building Council of Australia chief executive officer Romilly Madew said Lifestyle Working was “as smart as it is sustainable”.
“The project demonstrates that the benefits of operating from a Green Star building – from lower running costs to higher staff productivity – are not exclusively available to big companies with big budgets, but can be captured by small businesses with modest budgets.”
Of the 137 suites, 110 are already sold, with 25 per cent of sales being made to owner-occupiers.