Discovery Point

Australand’s Discovery Point has won the sustainable development award at the Urban Development Institute’s NSW awards ceremony, a night in which sustainability was described as “the new norm” by the UDIA.

The six-and-a-half hectare Discovery Point is located on a former light industry site surrounding Wolli Creek train station and has three hectares dedicated to open space. It features 15 residential apartment buildings ranging from eight to 23 storeys comprising around 1900 apartments, 9000 square metres of commercial and retail space, and the resident-owned heritage buildings Tempe House and St Magdalen’s Chapel.

The site has a water treatment facility that collects and purifies wastewater, rainwater and stormwater from the community for toilet flushing, irrigation, laundry and car washing.

It also features water sensitive urban design, car share spaces, walking and cycling paths, and the remediation of the Cooks River foreshore.

“A successful transit oriented development is inherently sustainable and Discovery Point is no exception,” chief judge Julie Bindon said.

“Wolli Creek railway station lies within the site and being a rail junction has frequent services particularly to the CBD and airport. The developers have augmented this with the provision of GoGet share spaces, as well as walking and cycling paths connected to regional routes.

“The developers have restored two heritage buildings, Tempe House and St Magdalen’s Chapel, which are now owned by the residents and used for a range of community activities. They have also paid a great deal of attention to remediating and embellishing the Cooks River foreshore, which had been badly degraded.

“A water sensitive urban design is in place to collect and purify rainwater to irrigate the public domain and improve runoff quality to the Cooks River.

“The judges were most impressed with the black water treatment plant, which uses membrane bioreactor technology to treat wastewater for reuse”.

Sustainability the new norm

The top end of the market is seeing sustainability as business as usual, with environmentally minded projects showing up in the bulk of the 100 projects featured across 15 categories, according to Ms Biden.

“We were delighted to see that innovative and sustainable work is not just confined to the Design and Innovation or Sustainable Development categories,” she said.

“From master-planned estates to commercial buildings, and everything in between, environmental sustainability is embraced as the new norm.”

She said government leadership and council co-operation were key to the delivery of quality developments.

“The future is indeed looking bright and as these awards attest, we can be enormously proud of what our industry is producing,” she said.