We're building the world’s most sustainable shopping centre

By Peri Macdonald

We're building the world’s most sustainable shopping centre

By Peri Macdonald

We're building the world’s most sustainable shopping centre

By Peri Macdonald

Our intention for Burwood Brickworks shopping centre is clear: to create the most sustainable shopping centre in the world. And it'll be profitable.

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    This project will demonstrate how sustainability can unlock real competitive advantage

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    It’s not just ideology and doing the right thing by the environment. It’s equally about return on investment

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    Brickworks is an opportunity to create a real-world template for the 21st century town centre

Recently I spoke at the Living Future Institute Australia Forum. It was a great event, and attendees were challenged to go beyond regular thinking when it comes to development and to dare to have a positive and regenerative effect in the work we do.

As a developer in a room full of environmentalists, I suspect the crowd wasn’t 100% on my side initially. But when I shared that we’ll be setting out to build the world’s most sustainable shopping centre in Burwood and still make a profit, I at least had their attention.

I bring some personal experience to these issues, as sustainability has been a BBQ stopper in my family for years. My eldest sister is active in sustainability policy and over the years our conversations have sometimes played-out out the stereotype of a tree hugger talking to a developer. But ultimately we always arrive at the pragmatic middle ground, which is the only place, in my view, from which progress is really possible.

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