The world’s most sustainable shopping centre is set to be built in Melbourne

Images via Frasers Property
Words by Rosie Macquire

Shopping just got greener.

It’s becoming increasingly easier to live a sustainable lifestyle.

But, while many brands are doing their bit for the environment, it’s easy to forget that the places where we buy our clothes – shopping centres – aren’t exactly saving the planet.

Now, a $115 million project looks set to get underway in Melbourne, aiming to create the most sustainable shopping centre in the world.

Plans to redevelop the site of Burwood Brickworks promise the new centre will surrounded by vines and built from sustainably-sourced timber, recycled bricks and include solar panelling.

The biggest attraction will be the centre’s rooftop, which will house an urban farm and restaurant in a bid to redefine the way food is sourced and provided by retailers. The space will be split between greenhouses, external planer boxes and landscaped growing areas.

Frasers Property – who is spearheading the development – is aiming to achieve a Living Building Challenge accreditation for a net zero carbon footprint. If accredited, the centre will be the first retail development in the world to be certified.

Construction is set to begin in mid-2018.


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