Lendlease’s transformation of Darling Harbour has received the highest available rating for master-planned precincts in Australia by achieving a 6-star Green Star rating from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).
The $3.4 billion, 20-hectare regeneration, which encompasses the Darling Square neighbourhood as well as ICC Sydney and the ICC Hotel, was assessed for its sustainability performances across five impact categories – governance, innovation, liveability, economic prosperity and the environment.
Jonathan Emery, urban regeneration managing director at Lendlease, says the project successfully integrated sustainability in Sydney’s newest and most connected inner city precinct to enrich the quality of people’s everyday life.
“Cities across the globe are competing in areas such as capital, economic activity, tourism, culture and education to be ‘the world’s most liveable city’. The transformation of Darling Harbour epitomises the evolution that’s happening in the city right now, and symbolises forward-thinking investment by the State Government as Sydney seeks to reposition itself on the global stage as a progressive city,” Emery says.
High scoring sustainable concepts include the world’s largest electric car charging facilities at the ICC Sydney Exhibition car park, the nation’s first community funded and Australia’s largest CBD roof top solar array.
GBCA chief executive officer Romilly Madew says Darling Harbour is the latest expression of Lendlease’s commitment to ensuring sustainable outcomes for people and the environment rank alongside economic outcomes.
“Darling Harbour’s regeneration will create a positive legacy for future generations, with a 6 Star Green Star – Communities rating providing the positive reinforcement that this development is sustainable,” Madew says.
All works are due for completion in 2019. The Darling Harbour transformation will become home to more than 4200 residents, 3000 workers, and more than 60 retail outlets. Nearly 40 percent of the precinct will be open public space for everyone to enjoy.