Suncorp Group’s Brisbane HQ first to achieve Australia’s greenest certification
Suncorp Group’s state-of-the-art Brisbane head office, Heritage Lanes, has been awarded the new world-leading sustainability benchmark from the Green Building Council of Australia.
Heritage Lanes, Suncorp Group’s flagship Brisbane HQ, is the first in the world to achieve a 6 Star Buildings certified rating from the Green Building Council of Australia.
Green Star is an internationally recognised rating system, developed by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), and sets the standard for healthy, resilient, positive buildings and places. The achievement adds to Heritage Lanes’ impressive awards portfolio, which includes the prestigious ‘Best workplace in Brisbane’ certification as awarded by Leesman earlier this year.
The world-class office spans 35-levels, is designed for 7,000 employees and is one of Australia’s smartest buildings, embracing leading technology, sustainability and design.
Designed in partnership with Mirvac, Suncorp Group’s first “post-COVID workplace” officially opened its doors to employees in early 2022, with the intent of creating a future-ready office environment that aligns with the organisation’s sustainability, workplace flexibility and innovation goals.
Suncorp Group’s Head of Real Estate Maurice Gallagher said Suncorp is proud to have partnered with Mirvac and M&G, and congratulated them achieving this 6 Star Green Star Buildings rating for Heritage Lanes through the Green Building Council of Australia.
“At Suncorp, we are very conscious of doing everything we can to proactively reduce our environmental footprint and operate more sustainably and Mirvac’s own sustainability plans and aspirations were a significant influence on Suncorp’s decision to choose Heritage Lanes as our new headquarters,” he said.
#Some of the sustainable features of the building include:
The reuse and refurbishment of an existing two-storey heritage building and reinstatement of a heritage market shed.
The tower construction used a lower carbon concrete made with 70 per cent recycled water and 89 per cent recycled steel content.
Ninety per cent of construction waste was recycled to divert it away from landfill.
Water saving features include the reuse of rainwater for cooling towers and irrigation, with 100 kilolitres of storage on site, and the building features 129kW of solar energy generation.
Recycling and waste management has been given careful attention across the tower, and Mirvac also provides education programs to partners and suppliers on initiatives that minimise waste and environmental impact.
Mr Gallagher said the design of the workplace has been integral in creating enhancing the employee experience in a post-COVID world.
“We know the role of the office has changed since the pandemic – and Heritage Lanes is so much more than a place you just go to work.
“We aimed for a workplace that could adapt to future needs, supported by a wealth of new tech and sustainability features and thoughtfully designed spaces that make it an attractive and comfortable place to work.
“It symbolises connection and community and allows for greater team collaboration and flexibility to support our hybrid working model, offering staff more choice for how, when and where they work.
“Because of all of this, our Brisbane based employees are excited to spend more time in the office and in the city, helping to revitalise the CBD.”