Our team had a terrific win this month, with The Ponds Shopping Centre claiming Best Shopping Centre Development in the Property Council of Australia’s Innovation & Excellence Awards.
Now owned by ISPT, the centre was developed and built by us back in 2015. Since then, it’s collected a number of accolades that have cemented its status as an excellent example of sustainable retail in action and Australia’s first 6 Star Green Star shopping centre.
From day one of trading, the design, community spaces and tenancy mix has drawn people from near and far, with both the owner and tenants enjoying extremely strong trade, reaping the benefits of the indoor-outdoor experience.
I think it offers a glimpse into the future of neighbourhood shopping centres, with locals feeling a real sense of ownership, forming an engaged and loyal customer and delivering a real sense of community.
As The Ponds demonstrates, when we’re informed by research and emphasise good design, environmental measures can effectively generate bottom line benefits and contribute to the creation of memorable places. Clearly we’re getting this right given the PCA award recognises the efficient use of capital in a new or refurbished shopping centre development.
The measures contributing to the centre’s leading environmental credentials include: a rooftop solar photovoltaic system; high efficiency LED lighting and water fixtures; comprehensive environmental and waste management practices during construction; collection and reuse of rainwater; use of sustainable materials with recycled content and low embodied emissions; passive design through building orientation, layout, thermal massing and facade; best practice on-site waste segregation to facilitate recycling and natural ventilation throughout the mall.
Of course credit must also go to our partners at ISPT whose likeminded passion for delivering places with meaning, allowed us to create this contemporary, high-quality shopping centre so enjoyed by the local community and others.
I can only hope our similarly ambitious vision for Burwood Brickworks can be realised, so watch this space.