What You Need To Know About Melbourne’s New Eco-Friendly Shopping Centre

By Sophie Hodges
6th Dec 2019

Hyped up as the 'world’s most sustainable shopping centre', Burwood Brickworks (in Burwood) is now open for business. The former industrial site is now home to shops and entertainment; Woolworths, Dan Murphy’s, a Readings Cinema—everything you need under one very green roof. And will soon have 700 homes on-site as well.

With 2.5 hectares of open space, parklands and an urban plaza complex, Burwood Brickworks' major asset is the 2000-square metre urban rooftop farm, where the centre's eco-conscious restaurant will source its produce. Frasers Property Australia has enlisted the help of eco-visionary and creative consultant, Joost Baker, whose resume includes some elite sustainability-focused projects, to assist with the development and design of the rooftop space.

The innovative design aims to connect people with the environment, with an overall focus on reducing our environmental footprint.

Let’s break down some of the sustainable specifics; the shopping centre’s carpark includes three electric car charging points. The retail centre will be powered naturally by renewable sources of energy, with the intention of all organic centre waste being collected and repurposed as compost, or other resources. And all grey and black water will be captured, treated and recycled on-site.

And in case you’re not yet blown away, 20 per cent of the retail space will be dedicated to agriculture.

If this is the future of shopping centres, we're here for it.

The Details

What: Burwood Brickworks
When: Opens Friday 6 December, 2019
Where: Middleborough Road, Burwood East
For more information, head to the Burwood Brickworks website.

Image credit: Griffin Simm

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