February 18, 2016

Parklands Project

A Sustainable Village Community

Paradise, is well serviced by public transport with the new light rail stop at its entry providing an ideal place for people work, study, live and play.

The Parklands project delivers on all of Grocon’s core values, but particularly those of sustainability and community. “We have been careful to integrate sustainability best practice principles at all levels of the development and we will be pioneering a completely new way to deliver sustainable accommodation,” Mr Grimes said.

All 18 apartment towers and townhouses have been carefully orientated to maximise the benefits of favourable solar orientation and take advantage of local cooling breezes.

Grocon have set a 90 per cent construction waste recycling target and are committed to using low-VOC and recycled materials, wherever possible. This principle continues through to the fitout, with LED fixtures and efficient appliances to be installed throughout the development.

Grocon develop and build for the benefit of the people who will live, work and play there. It is people who create communities and we have designed this development to be accessible for people of all ages and abilities. Consequently, all of the Parklands dwellings are designed to meet the Liveable Housing Guidelines – Gold level for apartments and Silver level for townhouses.

UDIA (Qld) CEO, Marina Vit, said EnviroDevelopment is designed to acknowledge those projects which demonstrate an outstanding commitment to developing better, more liveable communities.

Parklands is a shining example of how a project can be designed with sustainability in mind from the outset and the UDIA (Qld) congratulates Grocon on this outstanding achievement.”

Parklands is focused on delivering a cohesive space, which encourages both social and community prosperity where people can be active, thrive in their work, and grow through learning and educational pursuits. This development will provide nine community gardens, complete with facilities for composting and vermilculture. In essence, this provides a unique landscape design, which is both sympathetic to the local environment and fully adaptable to the people who will wander about and enjoy its many facilities.
Grocon’s direct involvement with the local community has already begun – having partnered with Griffith University, BoysTown and the Gold Coast School of Construction to provide local trainee opportunities on the project.

In late 2017, Parklands will be leased to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) and transformed into the Commonwealth Games Village for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Following this major event, Grocon will then convert the development into a thriving, mixed-use residential community, offering a selection of apartments (1 and 2 bedroom) and townhouses (3 bedroom) available to rent from early 2019.

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To read more about EnviroDevelopment certification, visit www.envirodevelopment.com.au.

To discover more about Parklands, visit ParklandsProject.com.au


An initiative of the Urban Development Institute of Australia, EnviroDevelopment is a scientifically-based national rating tool, offering third party verification of the sustainability outcomes of built environments. The tool certifies eligible developments across six key elements (or ‘leaves’) of environmental sustainability:

  1. Ecosystems
  2. Waste
  3. Energy
  4. Materials
  5. Water and
  6. Community

The unique marketing and evaluation tool allows developers to proudly advertise the outstanding environmental outcomes they have achieved in their projects.

EnviroDevelopment has been created to assist in the uptake of sustainability measures throughout all aspects of the development process and across all development types, including residential, retail, commercial and industrial, as well as mixed-use developments. Its purpose is to mainstream, through awareness, more sustainable development, beyond display projects.

Since the public launch of the system in October 2006, EnviroDevelopment has been successful in growing awareness of sustainable development amongst developers, associated professionals, government agencies and consumers and provided recognition to exemplary projects. To date, 103 projects have been certified nationally.

About Grocon

Grocon is Australia’s largest private property investment, development and construction company. In close partnership with premium investors and tenants, our people have been creating inspiring buildings that define the skylines of Australia’s major cities for almost 60 years. Our core values of safety, sustainability, innovation and community live through their work.

Some of the iconic landmarks created by Grocon include the Rialto Towers, Eureka Tower and AAMI Park in Melbourne and No 1 Martin Place and 1 Bligh Street in Sydney, and the redevelopment of the Melbourne Cricket Ground in the lead-up to the Melbourne Commonwealth Games. On the Gold Coast, Grocon completed the Oracle Apartments at Broadbeach and Soul at Surfers Paradise.