Investa Property Group and co-owner Gwynvill have been awarded a Platinum WELL v1 Core & Shell Certification for the iconic Sixty Martin Place in Sydney by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI).
Located on the corners of Macquarie Street, Martin Place and Phillip Street, Sixty Martin Place comprises over 40,000 square metres of lettable area over 33 levels.
Designed by HASSELL architects, the building’s striking curved façade offers breathing room to the heritage-listed St Stephen’s Church next door. Sixty Martin Place has also been designed to maximise views of the Sydney Opera House, Botanic Gardens and the harbour from almost all levels.
Completed in September 2019, the tower is now home to a range of blue-chip legal and finance firms including Norton Rose Fulbright, Mizuho Financial Group, Munich Re and Banco Chambers.
This represents the second Platinum level WELL Certification Investa has achieved across its portfolio, with Barrack Place receiving a rating in 2018.
Investa has also enrolled in IWBI’s WELL Portfolio program to bring health, wellbeing and equity strategies to scale across its entire portfolio.
The prestigious WELL Platinum Certification signifies industry leadership and the highest rating level. Sixty Martin Place has a history as a pioneering project, registering for WELL v1 rating in 2017 when the tool was in its infancy in the Australian market.
“IWBI would like to congratulate the team on achieving WELL Certification at the Platinum level. This achievement is a testament to the vision and leadership of the team, as well as the collaboration between all project team members, including the architect, HASSELL, and contractor, Lendlease,” said Jack Noonan, vice president of International WELL Building Institute, APAC.
“When visiting this project prior to completion in late 2019, I was struck by the commitment to providing an exceptional occupant experience; focused on strong indoor air quality, access to nature, leading end of trip facilities, and biophilic design. This is an iconic building in Sydney and in Australia. We are proud that the team has prioritised the health and wellbeing of every occupant through their commitment to WELL Certification,” Mr Noonan added.
The Platinum distinction was awarded through IWBI’s WELL Building Standard (WELL) v1, the premier building standard to focus on enhancing people’s health and wellbeing.
The performance-based rating system measures features of the built environment that impact human health, wellbeing and performance, namely Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Fitness, Comfort and Mind.
“Our intent was always to deliver buildings focused on our tenant’s health and wellbeing. Achieving a Platinum WELL Certification, the second for our wider portfolio, is a real testament to the hard work of Investa and the broader team,” said Shen Chiu, National Development Director at Investa Property Group.
A number of innovative features contributed to Sixty Martin Place being awarded the Platinum level rating including extensive use of automated blinds to manage glare and mitigate discomfort for building occupants and the provision of end-of-trip facilities to support the integration of physical activity into daily routines.
Lara Hutcheson, Development Manager for Sixty Martin Place added: “Our success was only possible through on-going collaboration with our contractor Lendlease, ensuring physical elements of the rating tool were designed and constructed, as well as Investa’s in-house property management team to address the operational components of the tool in the way the building is managed.”