The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) has announced that two new development projects in Western Australia - Alkimos Beach and Waterbank - have been accepted for its Green Star – Communities pilot rating tool.

Alkimos Beach and Waterbank project – both of which are expected to become Western Australian landmarks – are being developed by Lend Lease, with state government partners LandCorp and the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority.

“These West Australian projects will lead the way for the state in showing the community how to meet world-leading social, economic and environmental benchmarks,” said GBCA chief executive Romilly Madew.

Green Star – Communities is an independent, national rating tool developed by the GBCA to support the design and delivery of more sustainable, productive, resilient and liveable communities. Alkimos Beach and Waterbank will be the first projects in the State to be rated using this tool.

Alkimos is Perth’s newest master planned community. Valued at $1billion, it is the most significant urban development in Western Australia over the past 50 years.

The project will share 7.5 kilometres of coastline with the Indian Ocean and will be home to the most significant new regional beach in the Perth metro area for the next 20 years. It will feature a regional town centre, a coastal village, possible marina facilities, substantial public open space and a range of social and community infrastructure.

Waterbank Precinct

Lend Lease’s design for the Waterbank Precinct includes a hotel development at the eastern gateway of the city.

“Alkimos will set a new standard for sustainable development with an aspiration for moving towards carbon neutral,” said Lend Lease.

Waterbank is a six-hectare project in East Perth that includes a mix of residential apartments, offices, restaurants, cafes, bars and shopping stores. It could also feature a hotel. It will also provide several new open green spaces and waterfront amenities, with community facilities, waterfront restaurants and apartments with excellent views of Swan River.

The residential area in the Waterbank precinct will host over 600 dwellings, while the commercial and retail area will take up as much as 24,000 square metres.

“Waterbank will showcase leading environmental standards and will help make sustainable living a natural way of life for its community. Waterbank aspires to be a water positive precinct and is aiming to deliver an Australian leading Green Star residential development,” Lend and Lease said.

The Waterbank development targets a number of sustainability initiatives, including access to new green and open spaces, low energy and low carbon buildings, smart building technologies and alternative energy generation.

The $1billion urban regeneration project is the second Lend Lease urban regeneration project to commit to achieve a Green Star – Communities PILOT rating. The first one was Barangaroo South in New South Wales, which was registered to achieve a rating in February.

Alkimos Beach Project

Alkimos Beach project, aerial view.

“We are aiming for a 5 Star Green Star ‘Australian Excellence’ rating for Waterbank – and to deliver an Australian first with certification under this new tool. Our vision for these projects is to create the best places for people to live, work and relax with lasting and meaningful sustainable outcomes,” said Lend Lease project director Tim Urquhart. “The Green Star – Communities tool provides a best practice framework that goes beyond the built form to benchmark Waterbank and Alkimos Beach as leading urban sustainable developments in Western Australia, and Australia.”

Both projects will be benchmarked against six categories including liveability, governance, design, economic prosperity, environment and innovation.

“As a pilot project, Lend Lease is able to push the boundaries in order to use the rating tool to achieve the highest benchmarks possible. This is going to result in innovation with Waterbank and Alkimos Beach set to be amongst the most liveable communities in the country,” Urquhart said.

The Waterbank rating will be undertaken in partnership with the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority and the City of Perth.