Hong Kong: Aussie firm wins Asia Green Building Award

Australian construction giant Lend Lease has won an award in Asia as its Jem™ project in Singapore was last week presented with the Gold award in the ‘Best Innovative Green Building’ category at the MIPIM Asia Awards in Hong Kong.

Shortlisted by an international panel from a group consisting 117 property projects in 12 countries, Jem™ was recognised for its innovative green design features and won the Gold award after receiving the highest number of votes from MIPIM Asia delegates and the jury.

Upon its anticipated completion next year, the mixed use development will encompass more than 108,000 sqm of retail and commercial space. On the retail side, the complex will represent the third largest suburban shopping mall in Singapore. Sitting above the retail area, the company says the office accommodation will respond to the global push for larger and more efficient floor plates and will feature a design that maximises natural daylight and incorporates workspace for breakout areas and meetings.

Without elaborating, a statement from the company says the use of sustainable materials and design elements will allow for energy savings of the amount of energy generated by 2,400 public housing apartments in Singapore annually and annual water savings equivalent to the volume of about 100 Olympic sized swimming pools.

It says the building was the first mixed use development to achieve the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) Green Mark Platinum Version 4 award – the highest possible award for sustainability in Singapore.

Yet the most interesting feature of this building is the ‘Cascading Skypark’ – a landscaping and planting arrangement which arose out of a condition on the sale of the property that the full built site area must have the equivalent area included as a ‘green replacement’ within the development.

Rod Leaver, CEO Asia, Lend Lease says the project was driven by a desire to create a benchmark for retail and commercial buildings within Singapore.

“Being recognised by our peers as a leader is a result of Lend Lease’s continual commitment to sustainability and the pursuit of innovation in creating the best places” Leaver says.

“We recognise that our projects have a lasting impact on the people and places around them, and have always worked hand in hand with the local communities to ensure that we are creating a positive legacy for generations to come.”

Lend Lease’s success with its Singapore building follows that of fellow Australian company Wilkinson Eyre Architects, whose Gardens in the Bay building in the same country was earlier this year awarded the 2012 Building of the Year.


Source: Design Build Source

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