Iconic Sixty Martin Place Development Receives Platinum Well Certification

18 June 2021

Investa Property Group and co-owner Gwynvill have been awarded a Platinum WELL v1 Core & Shell Certification for the iconic 33-level office tower at Sixty Martin Place, Sydney by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI).

Designed by HASSELL architects and with 40,000 square metre offices of Premium Grade office space, Sixty Martin Place is jointly owned by Investa Commercial Property Fund (ICPF) and Gwynvill. Completed in 2019, the tower features state-of-the art end-of-trip-facilities, a concierge service, high-end retail, cafes, and an outdoor terrace and is home to a range of blue-chip legal and finance firms including Norton Rose Fulbright, Mizuho Financial Group, Munich Re, Banco Chambers. The building’s occupants enjoy uninterrupted views of the Opera House, the Botanical Gardens and Sydney Harbour and is in close proximity to Martin Place station, bus terminals, main arterial roads and entertainment amenities.

The WELL Building Standard is a performance-based certification system that marries best practices in design and construction with evidence-based scientific research. Sixty Martin Place earned the distinction based on seven categories of building performance — Air, Water, Light, Nourishment, Fitness, Comfort and Mind —and achieved a Platinum level rating. 60 Martin Place has also achieved a 6 star Green Star Design and As-Built v1.1 rating. This represents the second Platinum level WELL Certification Investa has achieved across its portfolio, with Barrack Place receiving a rating in 2018. Investa has also enrolled in IWBI’s WELL Portfolio program to bring health, wellbeing and equity strategies to scale across its entire portfolio.

The prestigious WELL Platinum Certification signifies industry leadership and the highest rating level. Sixty Martin Place has a history as a pioneering project, registering for WELL v1 rating in 2017 when the tool was in its infancy in the Australian market.

“IWBI would like to congratulate the team on achieving WELL Certification at the Platinum level. This achievement is a testament to the vision and leadership of the team, as well as the collaboration between all project team members, including the architect, HASSELL, and contractor, Lendlease,” said Jack Noonan, vice president of International WELL Building Institute, APAC.

“When visiting this project prior to completion in late 2019, I was struck by the commitment to providing an exceptional occupant experience; focused on strong indoor air quality, access to nature, leading end of trip facilities, and biophilic design. This is an iconic building in Sydney and in Australia. We are proud that the team has prioritised the health and wellbeing of every occupant through their commitment to WELL Certification,” Noonan added. The Platinum distinction was awarded through IWBI’s WELL Building Standard (WELL) v1, the premier building standard to focus on enhancing people’s health and well-being. The performance-based rating system measures features of the built environment that impact human health,well-being and performance, namely Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Fitness, Comfort and Mind.

“Our intent was always to deliver buildings focussed on our tenant’s health and well-being. Achieving a Platinum WELL Certification, the second for our wider portfolio, is a real testament to the hard work of Investa and the broader team”, said Shen Chiu, National Development Director at Investa Property Group.

A number of innovative features contributed to Sixty Martin Place being awarded the Platinum level rating including extensive use of automated blinds to manage glare and mitigate discomfort for building occupants and the provision of end-of-trip facilities to support the integration of physical activity into daily routines.

Lara Hutcheson, Development Manager for Sixty Martin Place added “Our success was only possible through on-going collaboration with our contractor Lend Lease, ensuring physical elements of the rating tool were designed and constructed, as well as Investa’s inhouse property management team to address the operational components of the tool in the way the building is managed.”