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Frasers and Winten at Macquarie Park, Floth “game changer” and confusing Wagners

Community Business District – Macquarie Exchange

IN BRIEF: Frasers Property Industrial and Winten Property Group say their new Community Business District  near the new metro station at Macquarie Park in Sydney’s north west will become a “viable alternative to city locations, with seamless connections” to other areas and a well being and sustainability focus.

The $750 million project Macquarie Exchange will also be a “place of meaningful collaboration” with “rich retail experiences in the laneways and station plaza with relaxing green space in central park”.

All up there will be 83,368 square metres of total floor area in four buildings on a 15,620 sq m site.

Ian Barter, general manager Northern Region for Frasers Property Industrial, said the project would deliver pedestrian-focused development that lines up with Ryde Council’s “Ryde after 5” and Macquarie Park CBD aspirations.

Headquarters for the Brisbane based engineering company Floth has been nominated as one of only three worldwide “game changers” by the World Green Building Council for its Online Case Study Library.

The three-storey office building achieved a number of firsts for engineering and sustainability including six-star Green Star Design and As Built v1.1 certified rating and six-star National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) indoor environment rating. It was also first to adopt the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council Zero Carbon Standard Building definition with its highly energy-efficient design, 28 per cent on-site renewable energy contribution from a roof-mounted photovoltaic system and 100 per cent greenpower purchase to offset remaining operational emissions.

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Most recent achievements include nomination as a Climate Active Carbon Neutral building in Queensland and 5.5-star NABERS Energy (without GreenPower) rating and 6-Star (with Green Power) rating, as well as a 6-star NABERS Water rating.

See the entry on the WorldGBC Online Case Study Library at https://www.worldgbc.org/case-studies/floth-69-robertson-street-fortitude-valley.

Wagners, the family controlled company that built the Wellcamp airport at Toomwoomba, lauded for its sustainability achievements, continues to baffle. Late last year it confirmed it was committed to a $35 million contract with Adani for its Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin in northern Queensland. And it told media it was unconcerned about the prospects of protests over its decision.

Yet in recent news it said the “earth-friendly concrete” it had developed and used at the airport, was being trialled in London for a project by Keltbray Group and Capital Concrete.

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