The Green Square Town Centre has taken a step forward today with Mirvac and Landcom commencing construction of ‘Portman on the Park’; the latest stage of luxury apartments designed to set new standards in health and wellness.
Portman on the Park is the first residential building in Australia to register to seek WELLv2 Certification, a globally recognised benchmark designed to improve the health and wellness impacts of the built environment.
Mirvac’s 200 George Street headquarters was the first building in Australia to be certified under the WELL Building Standard, achieving a gold rating, and this is the first time Mirvac has set out to apply WELL Principles in a residential setting.
Designed by award-winning architectural practice, CO-AP, in collaboration with Mirvac Design, Portman on the Park is an intimate collection of approximately 119 luxury apartments, many with dual aspect views of Sydney’s CBD and the town centre’s proposed future 6,200 square metre central park, The Drying Green, which the City of Sydney intends to complete by 2022.
Guided by the concepts of wellness and luxury, every aspect of the development is thoughtfully designed to deliver a higher standard of living, with natural elements woven into the buildings through landscaped open spaces, gardens and greenery incorporated into the façade.
Mirvac and Landcom have delivered 476 apartments at Green Square, including Ebsworth, No.8 Ebsworth, OVO and OVO at Portman Place. The most recent 28-storey OVO was launched in 2015 and completed in August 2018. Mirvac Managing Director and CEO, Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz, said the start of construction represents the next chapter in the development of Green Square where the community will continue to thrive with new buildings and facilities.
“Having experienced the benefits of a WELL office at our headquarters at 200 George Street, and with an understanding of the stringent requirements to gain Certification, we are setting ourselves the challenge of delivering a building here at Green Square that is designed to support the wellness of its residents.”
“Over the past year we have endured two critical events – bushfires and a pandemic – that have changed the passive relationship we have with our built environment. We now have a far greater appreciation of what it means to breathe clean air and have the pleasure of natural light in our homes.”
“Good design can resolve many of the imperfections that people have discovered as they spend night and day working and living from home, and in the future they will demand better from our city’s architects and builders,” she said.
Mirvac Head of Residential, Stuart Penklis, commented that Portman on the Park will set a new standard in design excellence, quality and attention to detail.
“We’ve conducted extensive research into our customer’s needs and wants in a home and are in the process of delivering a truly unique offering,” Mr Penklis said.
“At the heart of Green Square, it will also be a catalyst for the completion of the second half of the new Town Centre, extending the already thriving community.”
Proposed amenities for residents include exclusive use of a proposed co-working space and wellness centre, in addition to a shared landscaped courtyard with barbecue and space for outdoor dining and lounging.
Health and wellness initiatives are intended to include enhanced cross-flow ventilation and natural lighting. Kitchen water filters are intended to be included as standard.
Lighting systems are intended to be programmable and Mirvac is currently exploring lighting options such as those that align with the natural circadian rhythm and have optionality for tuneable white to warm light fixtures to mimic the natural dawn to dusk experience.