Burwood Brickworks Shopping CentreBurwood Brickworks is a new place for the people of Burwood and beyond.
A world leading retail space, exemplary architecture and living spaces, and expansive and lush public spaces combine to make this community-focused precinct one of the best in the world.
Anticipated to be the most sustainable shopping centre in the world, the retail precinct at Burwood Brickworks will offer residents the convenience of a full line Woolworths, 1,400 sqm Dan Murphy's, 6 screen cinema, and over 40 specialty shops right on their doorstep.
The Age Digital Edition: Sustainable revolution in mall of the future
In a nondescript shopping mall in middle Australia, a quiet building revolution is taking place.
Nearing completion on the site of a former brickworks in Melbourne's leafy eastern suburbs is the world's most sustainable retail mall. The development will produce much of the energy it needs, has a fully functioning urban farm, collects and recycles its water, and the amount of toxic materials used in its construction has been kept to a minimum.
The Burwood Brickworks shopping centre, being built by Singapore property giant Frasers, will be the world's first shopping centre to be accredited under the Living Building Challenge standards, one of the toughest benchmarks for sustainable development.
At first glance, the $120 million low-lying building is like any ordinary mall: it has an expansive outdoor car park, a large Woolworths, a Dan Murphy's liquor outlet, a six-screen Readings Cinemas complex and 46 stores. But hidden within its construction are many unique features. The bitumen car park conceals large storage tanks that collect all water run-off from the site - part of a " closed loop' ' system for treatment and reuse, including on the 2000-squaremetre urban farm on its rooftop. Shoppers will park their cars in rows separated by fruit trees that create a suburban orchard extending to the northern wall of the mall, where 275 mature citrus trees give shade and fruit.
Other key features include a 1-megawatt rooftop solar system and a saw-tooth roof - enhanced on the inside by Indigenous artist Mandy Nicholson - with windows that can be opened to maximise light and fresh air.
The mall was designed to connect shoppers to nature on a variety of levels, said Frasers development manager Jack Davis.
The solar array will provide 40 per cent of the centre's energy, with the rest to come from off-site wind and solar facilities.
Produce from the already functioning urban farm will supply a rooftop restaurant, with both to be run on a lease by Sydney-based Acre Eatery.
The Middleborough Road centre, set to open next month (December 2019), is in the heart of Chisholm, the electorate picked up by Liberal MP Gladys Liu in a tightly contested vote at the May federal election.
The Living Building Challenge certification requires Frasers' new " super neighbourhood' ' centre to have a net positive impact on its site. It will be monitored for a year after completion to confirm it performs as expected before the certification is awarded. "We will be the first globally, and the first development or shopping centre in Australia, to be certified ," said Frasers executive general manager for retail, Peri Macdonald.
"If, and when, that's achieved, that's our vehicle to say this is the most sustainable shopping centre in the world."
Mr Davis said sustainability came at a price. "There's definitely a cost to it. We estimate the cost to be about 10 per cent [extra]."
Tenants in the building are also required to meet rigorous standards for materials, waste and energy.
" We've got this system of tenants that care about waste, that care about the way they train their staff, the way they use water and energy more efficiently ,'' he said.
The builders used recycled bricks on feature walls, and recycled the plywood from concrete formwork into a feature wall and ceiling in a central stairwell.
One of the most challenging aspects of the building process was testing and vetting all materials used in construction and removing anything with high levels of toxins.
" We're actually thinking about health and toxicity and what it means for the people who are going to occupy it,'' Living Building manager Stephen Choi said.
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