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Sekisui House Australia Bolsters World-Leading Green Credentials

Sekisui House Australia Bolsters World-Leading Green Credentials

Sekisui House Australia is leading the way in sustainability, with its four Queensland residential and mixed-use projects either targeting or achieving a minimum 5-Star Green Star certification from the Green Building Council of Australia.

Across Ripley Town Centre and Ecco Ripley near Ipswich, West Village in Brisbane’s West End and Yaroomba Beach on the Sunshine Coast, Sekisui House Australia continues to invest in green initiatives, demonstrating the master developer’s ongoing commitment to holistic sustainable design.

Ecco Ripley re-certification

▲ More than 20 per cent of Ecco Ripley to be dedicated to green, open space, encouraging walkability and active living.
▲ More than 20 per cent of Ecco Ripley to be dedicated to green, open space, encouraging walkability and active living.

In a first for the Ripley region, residential community Ecco Ripley recently received re-certification of its 5-Star Green Star communities rating following its original certification in 2015.

Sekisui House Australia chief executive and managing director Hide Seguchi, said this achievement aligned with the company’s “love of humanity” philosophy—to create communities and homes that focus on the integration of existing natural habitats with built environments.

“We place sustainability at the core of our management approach, because we have not only the ability, but also the responsibility to make our homes and communities the happiest places in the world,” Seguchi said.

“Our continued investment in research and development allows us to create industry-leading living environments that also seek to protect and conserve our ecosystem.”

Ecco Ripley integrates built environment, the landscape and sustainable features to not only enhance liveability, but promote economic prosperity, reduce environmental impacts and foster innovation.

For example, Sekisui House Australia’s “Mirai” home product range —exclusive to Ecco Ripley—features self-cleaning facades, insulation using 80 per cent recycled material, solar panels and a smart security system, helping residents save money on energy while reducing the community’s carbon footprint.

There’s a seamless connection to nature, with more than 20 per cent of Ecco Ripley to be dedicated to green, open space, encouraging walkability and active living.

Ripley Town Centre milestone

▲ At its core, Ripley Town Centre has been guided by the Japanese principle of “Satoyama”, meaning “ribbons of green”.
▲ At its core, Ripley Town Centre has been guided by the Japanese principle of “Satoyama”, meaning “ribbons of green”.

The coveted 5-Star Green Star Design and As-Built certification at Ripley Town Centre represents Australian excellence in sustainability, and marks a significant milestone as Sekisui House Australia continues to deliver on the Ripley Town Centre vision.

Green Building Council of Australia chief executive, Davina Rooney, said Sekisui House Australia had consistently shown outstanding leadership in sustainable building.

“With Ripley Town Centre, Sekisui House Australia is realising our shared ambition for healthier, more resilient and positive places for people, and we congratulate them on attaining this Green Star certification,” Rooney said.

“This project epitomises what we see as the optimal future for Australia’s urban environments, one where buildings are highly efficient, with a significant use of renewables, continually innovating with outstanding community connections and implementing leading sustainability practices.”

Sustainable initiatives include solar panels positioned on the Centre’s roof and carpark, generating around 75 per cent of the electricity for the existing shopping environment which feeds into a centralised, private community energy network.

Energy-efficient glazing, shading and insultation also provide thermal comfort to occupants and minimise energy consumption.

At its core, Ripley Town Centre has been guided by the Japanese principle of “Satoyama”, meaning “ribbons of green”, which focuses on the mutual benefits of integrating existing natural habitats with the built environment to promote greater health and wellbeing.

The “Satoyama” concept is strongly reflected throughout the centre, with sounds of running water and lush landscaping through the spine of the mall.

World-leading West Village

▲West Village is at the forefront of sustainability, having achieved a world-leading 6-Star Green Star Communities rating.
▲West Village is at the forefront of sustainability, having achieved a world-leading 6-Star Green Star Communities rating.

Set against the backdrop of the iconic Brisbane heritage place, the Peters Ice Cream Factory, the $1.1 billion mixed-use West Village development is at the forefront of sustainability, having achieved a world-leading 6-Star Green Star Communities rating in 2017—the highest accolade for masterplanned precincts in Australia.

Importantly, the Green Building Council of Australia certification recognises not only environmental initiatives, but also a community’s ability to enhance health, prosperity and quality of life.

Seguchi said that in addition to environmental initiatives, such as organic waste diversion and grey water recycling, arts and culture has played a key role in delivering social sustainability outcomes.

“The relocation of Metro Arts from the Brisbane CBD to West Village will generate numerous cultural benefits for the community, delivering West End’s first new theatre in 25 years, two galleries and other bespoke facilities,” Seguchi said.

“Likewise, our award-winning artist-in-residence program with David and Yuge Bromley has had a profound impact on the evolution of the precinct, ensuring artist involvement in design and delivery of all aspects of the development and particularly within the public realm.

“Also, our partnership with Creative Kids Brisbane to create a children’s art studio in 2016 has seen more than 40,000 participants access the centre.”

Yaroomba Beach targets

▲The resort is also on track to receiving an Advanced Ecotourism Certification—the highest rating from Ecotourism Australia.
▲The resort is also on track to receiving an Advanced Ecotourism Certification—the highest rating from Ecotourism Australia.

While Yaroomba Beach is in its planning and approvals phase, Sekisui House Australia remains committed to targeting a 5-Star Green Star for The Westin Coolum Resort and Spa in the Design and As Built category, and a 6-Star Green Star for the masterplan in the communities category.

With only one other hotel achieving a 5-Star rating in Australia to date, The Westin Resort will seek to implement energy and water metering, waste management systems, rainwater harvesting, targets for recycling of construction waste and improved air quality, and a range of other green initiatives to achieve the sustainability target.

The resort is also on track to receiving an Advanced Ecotourism Certification—the highest rating from Ecotourism Australia for achieving best practice in operational and environmental management, as well as providing education and awareness to guests on conservation of the surrounding natural areas.

From a masterplan perspective, the Coastal Discovery Centre and Trail will play a key role in educating and engaging the community about beach ecology and Indigenous heritage from the area.

Digital platforms will work to enhance connectivity, while the community management scheme will keep residents informed on the management and governance through a dedicated community development plan.

In line with all Sekisui House Australia developments, waste management and water saving initiatives will also be built into the masterplan.

These combined projects, which represent an investment of almost $4 billion on project completion, not only deliver economic benefits for their communities and the Queensland economy, but also continue to elevate the standard of social and environmental sustainability.

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Habitat Development Group Secures New Maroochydore CBD Approval

Following on from the success of their $83 million Market Lane project in the new Maroochydore CBD, Habitat Development Group have secured development approval for their second project in the precinct.

Habitat Development Group director Cleighton Clark said The Corso Residences will be a $94 million project comprising a mix of 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments over 15-storeys.

“Tower One includes 116 apartments over 15-storeys and five penthouse units on the top floor while the second tower offers 42 apartments over 8-storeys, as well as 715sq m of retail space on the ground floor.

“Residents on the north side will look towards Maroochy River and Picnic Point and north-east to the ocean while residents on the south will look over Sunshine Coast Parade and the Corso which was completed earlier this year.

“The project also includes a large resort pool on the ground floor as well as a huge 600sq m communal rooftop terrace on level four which connects the two towers. There is also a 130sq m dining room adjoining the rooftop terrace for the exclusive use of residents,” Clark said.

Maroochydore CBD

▲ The Corso Residences will be a $94m project consisting of a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments over 15 stories

Clark said Market Lane’s recent sales success gave him the confidence the project would sell out in the first quarter of 2021.

“The recent sales rates at Market Lane have been very healthy and we expect to be sold out by March—12 months ahead of completion.

“The timing for the sales launch of the Corso Residences is scheduled for the second quarter of 2021 and we expect strong enquiry from those that may have missed out on our first project,” Clark said.

Residents will be within walking distance to the weekly StrEATside markets at The MET as well as renowned local chef Tony Kelly’s bustling new eateries Market Bistro and Giddy Geisha which have both recently opened in the Foundation Place building on Lightning Lane.

All apartments and retail outlets will be connected to the new innovative automated waste collection system and will also have access to the fastest data connection on the eastern seaboard via the international broadband cable which are both key features of the new Maroochydore CBD.

The project has been designed by Sunshine Coast-based K Architecture. Place Group have undertaken the landscape design.


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The Star Breaks Ground on $400m Broadbeach Tower

Broadbeach Tower

The Star Entertainment Group is set to break ground on a 63-storey mixed use residential and hotel tower at its $2 billion masterplanned site at Broadbeach Island on the Gold Coast.

The approved $400 million tower, to be built on the most south-eastern part of Broadbeach Island, will feature 210 five-star hotel rooms and 457 apartments.

Multiplex will commence construction in early February with approximately 2,300 jobs expected to be generated over the project’s three year construction timeline.

The tower will join the $400 million, 53-storey Dorsett hotel and apartment tower which is due for completion in 2022.

It will be developed adjacent to The Star Gold Coast casino with its existing refurbished 596-room five-star hotel.

When realised, The Star Broadbeach Island masterplan will comprise 3,000 hotel rooms and apartments, conference facilities, as well as a number of cafes, bars and restaurants.

The state government-approved masterplan is being overseen by Destination Gold Coast Consortium—the joint venture between The Star, Chow Tai Fook Enterprises, and Far East Consortium.

It is the second major project in south-east Queensland for the joint venture partners which are currently in the throes of delivering the $3 billion Queen’s Wharf integrated resort and residential development in central Brisbane.

Broadbeach Tower

▲ The project will feature a day spa, wellness centre and sundeck with a large lagoon pool, private cabanas and dining areas.

The Star chairman John O’Neill said the decision to proceed with the masterplan’s second tower was a show of confidence from the consortium.

“While we continue to work through and manage the serious impacts of domestic and international border restrictions on our business and the industry more broadly, the decision to proceed with our second tower is part of our unwavering commitment to the Gold Coast.

“We all know how strongly the Gold Coast resonates as a premier holiday location, particularly for those from the southern states.

“There is also a growing number of Australians who want to work, live, and play here.

“It all helps underpin our confidence in the Gold Coast and south east Queensland tourism,” O’Neill said.

The tower’s hotel will span 14 levels above the buildings six-level podium while residential apartments, ranging from 55sq m to 168sq m, form the upper levels.

It is understood, 70 per cent of the one, two, and three-bedroom apartments on offer within the project have already been sold since pre-sales began in May 2019 with prices ranging between $596,000 and $1.8 million.

The tower’s retail offerings will combine with the Dorsett hotel and apartment tower via a connected concourse featuring more than 12,050sq m of retail and resort facilities.

The Star and the Queensland government had been in talks over an exclusive 30-year casino licence to operate on the Gold Coast.

However, talks were concluded last year with the state government continuing to eye potential rival operators to come into the Gold Coast market, with rumours of possible interest by Hard Rock International, Lawrence Ho’s Melco and Hong Kong-listed gaming ­company NagaCorp.

The end of the talks with the Queensland government come after Star finalised a deal with the NSW government to give it exclusive licence for poker machines in NSW over the next 21 years, until the end of 2041.


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New apartment developments pop up in prime locations in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast

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Location is everything for these luxurious new developments, whether overlooking the Brisbane River or a stone’s throw from glamorous Surfers Paradise.

Buyers in the market for an apartment well may be spoiled for choice.

Boutique Chevron Island

Even if you’re not a Gold Coast local, you’ve probably heard of Surfers Paradise, famous for its glitz and glamour.

You’re perhaps less likely, however, to be familiar with Chevron Island, an exclusive and slower-paced urban island in the very same neighbourhood.

This boutique development offers 42 luxury apartments on the north-east corner of the island, surrounded by the Nerang River.

The 14-storey building, designed by award-winning BDA Architects, hosts several floor plan options, from two-bedroom homes to four-bedroom penthouses.

The majority of apartments available in the project are two and three-bedroom stock, starting from $499,000.

The development will be home to several high-end amenities, including a pool and spa, gym, rooftop yoga centre, residents’ lounge, barbecue facilities, zen garden and a specialised co-working space.

CEO of Draycon Building Howard Dabit said the project’s design had been responsive to lifestyle changes brought about by the pandemic.

“What we’ve done, which makes this building very unique compared to a lot of the others that are being built at the Gold Coast at the moment, is we adopted the co-work space environment, right from day one,” he said.

“A lot of people are saying because of covid, they want to work from home, they feel more comfortable, and it’s giving them a lot more flexibility.”

The communal space will feature free internet, meeting booths, lounges, a kitchenette, and an array of snacks and drinks. Residents will also have the option to work outside, and to socialise within the space.

Interiors will feature sound-insulated timber floors, European appliances and for those on upper floors, the option to customise elements of the kitchen and butler’s pantry.

Mr Dabit said the superior quality of the project was aided by the fact Draycon was both builder and developer.

“The ideology of the building is the same, you don’t have the developer thinking one way and the builder trying to lessen the quality to ensure that he can make a bigger profit,” he said.

“Because we’re one, we get to integrate that and make it so that we’re happy with the profit levels that we’re making, and we want to provide the quality for the end user, and that’s the advantage of having a builder/developer in such a project.”

The project has begun construction, and is set to be completed about July 2022.

Brookfield Gallery House

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Gallery House, 7-11 Wharf Street, Hamilton Photo: Supplied

This riverside development in the blue-chip Brisbane suburb of Hamilton is selling fast, with more than 90 per cent of apartments sold across the two towers.

With both stages completed last year, Gallery House offers 300 apartments, including one to four-bedroom homes, skyhomes and penthouses.

Many of the homes are afforded sweeping views of the Brisbane River, with others facing north to overlook the city’s inner suburbs.

Remaining on the market is a small cross-section of apartments on offer, starting from $387,000 for a two-bedroom unit and from $2,295,000 for penthouses.

Managing director of TOTAL Property Group Adrian Parsons said the development had attracted strong interest from local Brisbane residents.

“We’ve found that the development has been in very high demand since June, where people have either been buying their first home from our one and two-bedroom range, or people have been downsizing from larger homes into a prime riverfront two, three or four-bedroom apartment,” he said.

“People really just love the aspect of living on the river, and the location at Portside Wharf with the recent completion of the Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade makes accessibility from Portside into the city more convenient.

“With the River Walk that has been established, it’s added a new lifestyle element to living in the precinct.”

Mr Parsons said the apartments’ oversized design was perfect for the downsizer market.

“I think one of the main things when people are looking at downsizing from a house is they’re worried that they’re going to compromise too much by moving into an apartment in terms of space, so when these apartments were designed, it was clearly understood who the target market would be,” he said.

“Whether they’re a three-bedroom or a four-bedroom, they’ve got really large living areas, lots of open wide living areas that front onto the river, also with large balconies.

“Not only do the apartments have generous storage inside, but buyers can also buy basement storage areas for other things they may want to store.”

Market Lane

Located in the new CBD in Maroochydore, this Sunshine Coast development will offer 146 apartments in two towers.

Buyers will have the choice of two and three-bedroom configurations, along with a limited selection of penthouses, each offering sought-after views of the coastline and picturesque hinterland.

The development also encompasses six small office terraces, as well as retail and dining.

Embedded within the brand new City Centre precinct, the project is set to enjoy all the perks and amenity of the budding development hub, affording it a 90/100 walk score.

It is situated directly opposite the new town square and a two-hectare park, part of a sizeable chunk of the CBD site earmarked for open space.

Designed with investors and developers in mind, the mixed-use precinct will feature smart technology throughout, including technology-assisted parking, real-time public transport and community updates, wifi hotspots, safety systems and electric car charging stations.

Some 40 per cent of the 53-hectare site will be kept as open space, and waterways will be integrated throughout.

Market Lane itself will offer 450 square metres of ground floor retail and dining, along with a rooftop terrace on one of the towers, replete with an entertaining area and private dining room.

Other amenities available to residents will include a 25-metre resort-style pool and barbecue leisure space in the centre of the development.

The towers will also feature secure access, lifts, an above-ground car park, CCTV, and an on-site facilities manager.


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