Alkimos Beach in Perth’s northern coastal corridor has been awarded Australia’s first 6 Star Green Star – Communities rating for a residential master-planned project from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA). Cundall is the ESD and Green Star Consultant for this project.
The first 240 hectares of the 710 hectare master-planned community is being developed by Lend Lease and LandCorp, and is set to become the most significant coastal development north of Perth in 50 years. Upon completion, the first stage will deliver more than 2,000 homes for 6,000 residents.
Green Star – Communities, operated by the GBCA, is one of the world’s first independent, transparent, national schemes designed to assess and certify the sustainability of large-scale master-planned development projects. Alkimos Beach was assessed against best practice benchmarks for governance and innovation, design excellence, environmental sustainability, economic prosperity and liveability
GBCA’s Chief Executive Officer Romilly Madew said “This 6 Star Green Star rating for a community project sets the bar for world leadership community development and demonstrates a long-term commitment to sustainability at scale,”
Chief Executive Officer of Lend Lease’s Property business in Australia Tarun Gupta said “We are very proud about achieving an Australian first and on leading the market on sustainability and community development. What better way to demonstrate our vision of creating the best places?”
The project site will eventually host 3.6 hectares of playing fields, six hectares of conservation reserves and 41 hectares of dune and foreshore reserves. All homes will be within 800 metres of both the local centre and transport links. Thirty per cent of the site will be reserved for open space; no home will be more than 200 metres from a park, and walking and cycle paths will link the beach, the town centre and the train station. WiFi will be provided in major public spaces to foster economic and social opportunities.
“We applaud the range of initiatives – from education campaigns to financial incentives to technology – that will help the residents of Alkimos Beach embrace more sustainable living,” Ms Madew said.
“The importance of this rating cannot be understated. Lend Lease, LandCorp and the people of Alkimos Beach now have independent proof that this community will deliver economic, social and environmental sustainability. And the industry has proof that ‘world leadership’ benchmarks in community development are achievable”.
Cundall is one of Australia's leading ESD consultants, delivering projects that achieve industry firsts. This has included Perth's Kings Square which was the first office building in Australia to incorporate Green Star’s new life cycle assessment points; South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) the first project in South Australia and the first laboratory building in Australia to achieve LEED Gold certification; and the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre which is on track to be the first Australian building to be certified by the Living Building Challenge.