Lakehouse gets tick for eco effort blog


Robina’s Lakehouse Corporate Space is leading the way in sustainable renovation – with a $5 million upgrade being completed using recycled materials wherever possible.

Lakehouse – which comprises two commercial buildings with 36 new strata titled office spaces – has utilised a raft of eco building techniques to deliver new amenities for existing and new purchasers.

Timber from the previously dilapidated boardwalk – stretching across 200 metres of lake frontage – has been milled and reused in the entry statement, fencing and screening on site.

Unsafe or overgrown mature trees have been removed away from the carpark and turned into mulch being used on other parts of the site, and replaced by more than 2,000 more suitable species ofsmaller plants and shrubs – leaving more room for parking.

Old pavers and concrete has been used as backfill to new retaining walls by crushing to create gravel for drainage, with the existing irrigation system also being given an overhaul.

Lakehouse project manager Michael Schultz said the renovation was one of the most eco friendly he had overseen, which would ultimately result in benefits for workers and the native wildlife in the area.

“The project’s carbon footprint is being significantly reduced through the reuse of site materials,” he said.

“We worked with the developer – Clarence Property – to assess every opportunity to reuse and recycle so it’s a very low impact renovation with minimal wastage,” he said.

“Lakehouse stands apart from other commercial precincts on the Gold Coast because of its natural surroundings, with open green spaces and a large lake teeming with wildlife, so that’s something that we have worked really hard to maintain.

“You can already see the difference the added greenery in the carpark and the recycled timber fencing and screening makes – it has really improved the look and feel of the place.

“We have also included LED lighting and an improved air conditioning system trhat is more energy efficient so that the eco benefits will continue once the construction program is complete.”

Clarence Property managing director Peter Fahey said stage one of the refurbishment was on track to be completed by mid next year.

“Now that work on site is well underway, and we have just launched our new display suite, we are getting good interest from prospective purchasers,” he said.

“People are becoming much more conscious of the benefits of having a sustainable work place, so that’s why we have taken this approach with our redevelopment.

“People are also wanting ample ‘break out’ spaces like balconies, terraces and parklands, which are all part of the package here at Lakehouse, and are a great drawcard for employers looking to provide a relaxed environment for their workers.”

Lakehouse is being marketed by Knight Frank’s Tania Moore, who can be contacted on 0439034025



PROMEDIA – 07 5593 2011