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There’s a new world of industrial development underway. Gone are the tin sheds of old. In their place are new sensitivities to environment, green building standards and even First Nations cultural heritage.
Goodman one of the world’s biggest industrial property owners, is out in front. The new Eumemmerring Business Park maintains existing buildings and respects cultural heritage whilst targeting a 5 Star Green Star Buildings rating.
The building Dandenong South, 31 kilometres south east of Melbourne CBD, will soon open its doors with tenants such as Zipform Packaging, WAM Australia, Natec Network and PC Case Gear in place.
The site, a former electrical parts facility built in the 1970s was bought by the Goodman group in December 2019 with the goal of revitalising the property into a modern, sustainable, and resilient business precinct.
Design revolved around retaining the two existing 1000 square metre office pods at the front of the park that have now been incorporated into a 2500 sq m office building with a café and aerobridge.
Among the more sensitive treatment of the development site was the retention of 10 eucalyptus trees believed to be more than 100 years old, Cultural site surveys, and investigations and repatriation of First Nations artefacts,
Local Bunorong artist Adam Magennis’s work will be featured on 10 metre tall First Nations mural, in work undertaken in collaboration with the Bunurong Land Council.
The 30,000 square metre, 6.5-hectare development is 100 per cent leased to local and international customers interested in the high-specification sustainable warehouse facility. Tenants include will include Zipform Packaging, WAM Australia, Natec Network and PC Case Gear.
On top of targetting a 5-star rating on the green star certification under the Green Star Buildings tool, the building also implemented initiatives to achieve reduction in upfront carbon emissions of about 10 per cent.
This includes:
“When we started master planning this estate, we felt strongly about retaining whatever buildings we could, and preserving the impressive 100-year-old eucalyptus trees,” Goodman’s chief executive, Jason Little said. “This approach enables us to recycle and reuse finite materials, reducing waste to landfill and upfront embodied carbon during construction.”
The project site boasts of above industry standard offering in sustainability with more than 98 per cent of demolition waste diverted from landfill, a 999 kilowatt (kW) solar array and electric vehicle charging have been installed. The estate will also focus on the health and wellness of customers with high quality light-filled spaces, increased fresh airflow, acoustic comfort considerations, outdoor eating areas with access to green spaces, and end of trip facilities.
Other sustainability features include:
Goodman Group, one the largest property group on the Australian Securities Exchange has operations in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe, the United Kingdom, and the Americas.
There are more such projects. Northrop Consulting Engineering group says it’s secured several Green Star ratings for projects in rent times.  This includes Altis Property Partners and Frasers Property Industrial, which are currently developing a $1 billion, 850 hectare warehousing industrial hub in Kemps Creek, west of Sydney, slated for Australia’s first 6 Star Green Star Communities rating for industrial property.
Australia Post will follow suit, with Aliro Group securing the 12,750 sq m former Toyota warehouse at Caringbah for $187 million, which will be repurposed into a new sorting centre, blocks of office, hotel, pub, retail, and a market-style grocer.
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