Heritage Landmark Gains Green Credentials

Saturday, September 13th, 2014
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The transformation of 50 Martin Place in Sydney into a sustainable, state-of-the art workplace has been awarded with a 6 Star Green Star – Office Design v3 rating.

50 Martin Place is the largest heritage refurbishment in Australia to be awarded a 6 Star Green Star – Office Design v3 rating, representing ‘World Leadership’, from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).  It is the new global headquarters for Macquarie Group, which acquired the building in 2012 and, in collaboration with specialist building, architecture and engineering consultants, has enhanced the air, light, water and other amenities within.

“50 Martin Place is now a sustainability showcase, and is further proof that heritage buildings can be upgraded to meet world leadership benchmarks in sustainability without their character being compromised,” says GBCA Chief Executive, Romilly Madew.

“50 Martin Place is a shining example of why heritage buildings can be our most sustainable buildings – as the greenest architecture is created from that which is already there.”

Macquarie Group’s Head of Business Services, Will Walker says: “We are delighted that the Green Building Council of Australia has recognised the investment that Macquarie has made to achieve a building that both preserves its heritage features and reinvigorates it to be sustainable for the future.  Importantly, 6 Star Green Star status underscores the role that sustainable design plays in delivering a workplace that supports our people and our clients.”

The landmark building was constructed between 1925 and 1928 and is a rare Australian example of the American-influenced Inter-War Beaux-Arts style.

The total refurbishment of 20,000 square metres over nine existing levels involved a complete overhaul of building services and systems, a new interior fitout and widening of the existing atrium, as well as construction of a new two-storey glass-domed roof and glass shuttle lifts.

“We congratulate the visionary green leadership of Macquarie Group, and the outstanding efforts of the project team – led by GBCA members Brookfield Multiplex, ARUP and MBM.  Macquarie Bank has preserved a Sydney icon for future generations, while creating a productive, efficient and sustainable workplace for its people today,” Ms Madew concludes.

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