One of the commitments in Mirvac’s This Changes Everything sustainability strategy is to deliver a One Planet Living community. An initiative of sustainability action group, Bioregional, and its partners, One Planet Living seeks to make truly sustainable living a reality, using ecological footprinting and carbon footprinting as its headline indicators.
An important first step was taken this year with Mirvac selecting its residential project in Marrickville, Sydney NSW, as the site for a One Planet Living community and registering the project with BioRegional.
Located in Sydney’s inner west, the Marrickville Community Hub will see a former hospital transformed into a closely connected urban community. In addition to approximately 200 apartments, the project will encompass extensive outdoor community areas which will offer comfortable green space for residents, along with the local community. As well as the residential component, the One Planet Living community will incorporate the new Marrickville Library and community facilities.
Features of the project that will help towards the One Planet Living rating include:
sustainability initiatives such as energy efficient building design and services, water sensitive urban design, a focus on reducing waste and an aspiration to increase the biodiversity value of the site;
- Bicycle racks and maintenance areas, electric vehicle charging and car share pods – all of which will encourage alternative transport methods.
- Community and kitchen gardens, and a focus on healthy indoor and outdoor spaces, which will enhance the health and wellbeing of residents.
- Adaptive re-use of heritage buildings, and an urban design response that aims to address the local streetscape – reflecting and enhancing the site’s local character and history; and
ongoing education programs for residents and the wider community on One Planet Living principles.
As part of the project, Mirvac is also working on a community plan and educational strategy to help residents live a sustainable lifestyle, as well as a local economy strategy to promote businesses and employment in the area.
There is no doubt Marrickville is an exciting step forward for Mirvac and for the inner west. The site in Marrickville will be a place that is uniquely designed around the human experience, and where community sits at the heart of every decision made.