Leaving a positive legacy

The Barangaroo Skills Exchange (BSX) has generated $78.5 million in value in just three years. “The Barangaroo Skills Exchange is not only positively impacting individuals, particularly through increased literacy and numeracy skills and our apprentice mentoring programs, it’s also having a very tangible social and economic impact on the wider industry” – Rob Deck, Managing Director, Barangaroo South

Saving water at Barangaroo

Barangaroo South is Sydney’s latest urban precinct, and Sydney’s largest regeneration project in more than a decade. When designing this harbor-front project, our plan was to minimize demand on water resources by making Barangaroo South a water-positive precinct - meaning that the development will export more recycled water than the drinking water it uses.


We achieved this through a number of highly innovative water-saving measures. These included installing a 90,000 liter rainwater tank in each commercial tower to capture and reuse water within the buildings, and using harbor water as a cooling system rather than taking it from Sydney’s water mains network.

One of the key water-saving features on site is the blackwater treatment plant. This allows for waste water to be recycled and re-used onsite in place of drinking water for flushing, irrigation and other non-drinking purposes.

In one year operating at full capacity, Barangaroo South will contribute the equivalent of 70 Olympic swimming pools of recycled water to the surrounding neighborhood.

A sustainable Olympic legacy for London

In 2007, Lendlease won a bid to regenerate 27 hectares of brownfield site in east London into a new residential quarter, which would initially provide a home for 17,000 athletes and officials during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

 London Olympics

This was a huge project, requiring significant resources of labor, materials, and energy. But right from the start, we were determined that the development would not only provide world-class accommodation, but also set a new standard for sustainability for projects of this scale.

In keeping with this aspiration, we employed several sustainable measures during construction, including low-energy LED lighting, and replacing cement with less carbon-intensive alternatives. One key energy-saving measure involved switching deliveries from road to rail and barge, negating the need for 30,000 truck trips equating to a 40,000 tonne reduction in CO2. Thanks to rigorous waste management strategies, we retained 99.9% of the soil on site throughout the project. Overall, we successfully diverted 95% of our waste from landfill.

In January 2012 Lend Lease delivered, on time, a total of 67 striking new buildings, set in an outstanding public realm that included one of Western Europe's largest new wetlands. The development achieved Full FSC Project Certification, which means that 100% of the timber used on site has been officially certified by the WWF-endorsed Forest Stewardship Council as sustainably sourced. Announcing the achievement on its website, WWF recognized that this marks the first time that a project of this scale and complexity has ever been awarded full FSC certification.

Following the Olympics the Athletes Village has evolved into the Stratford International Quarter, a thriving new residential development that leaves a sustainable legacy for east London for generations to come.

A library that treads lightly

A haven of quiet. A place of learning. A forum for debate. Melbourne’s futuristic new Docklands Library and Community Center in the heart of Victoria Harbor is all these things. It also represents one of Australia’s most sustainable public landmarks, thanks to the revolutionary building material used in its construction – cross-laminated timber (CLT).


Library at the Dock

CLT has a number of sustainability advantages over other materials. It’s light and easy to use, cutting down building time and minimizing impact on the surrounding environment. It’s strong and highly durable, creating buildings that last. Using timber in construction also means we can use less energy-intensive concrete – one of the main contributors to a building’s carbon footprint.
As a result of using CLT, the entire structure went up in just 60 days, using a crew of six carpenters. Building with such a lightweight material allowed us to preserve the historic structure of the wharf, while reducing embodied carbon emissions by around 30%.

When the library opened on 31 May 2014, it became the first public building to achieve the Green Building Council of Australia’s highest rating of six stars according to their Green Star - As Built rating tool.

Other major LendLease projects using CLT include Melbourne’s Forté Apartments, the world’s tallest timber building, located near the library. We’re currently planning to introduce CLT in our Americas and Asia operations, as well as in Europe, where it will be used in our major regeneration project for London’s Elephant and Castle.

Breaking the silence

At Lendlease, we want to help our people achieve their best – and that includes doing whatever we can do safeguard both their physical and mental wellbeing. To support people with depression and other forms of mental illness in our industry, we have been working with Beyond Blue, a not-for-profit initiative raising awareness of workplace mental health issues.


According to the World Health Organisation, depression affects around 350 million people worldwide. Studies show that while women are more likely to experience depression and anxiety, men are less likely to talk about it. This increases the risk of their depression or anxiety going unrecognized and untreated. Mental illness is a particular issue for the construction and engineering industries, where people can be reluctant to talk about feelings or seek help.

To promote better awareness of mental health issues and give our people access to support, we began working with Beyond Blue in 2009 (the partnership began with Abigroup, and has continued with Lendlease). Through this partnership, we have rolled out a range of events and activities. These include launching a 50-minute DVD distributed to 2,000 members of staff, and now available for free from the Beyond Blue website.

In 2014, we committed to sponsoring a Beyond Blue roadshow travelling around Australia to raise awareness of issues around depression and anxiety. The bus will be stopping at a number of Lendlease construction sites. We are also rolling out a series of Beyond Blue awareness sessions to more than 1,000 members of staff.

We believe that supporting our people in this way is the right thing to do – but studies have shown that it also makes sound business sense too. A mentally healthy workplace means a more engaged, productive workforce, and less absenteeism. A recent Beyond Blue report found that, for every dollar spent on mental health, an organisation can expect an average return on investment of $2.30.

“I commend Abigroup for taking positive steps towards supporting their employees’ good mental health and wellbeing. We hope this partnership will encourage people working in the construction industry to learn more about depression and seek help early.” 

The Hon. Jeff Kennett AC, Chairman of Beyond Blue, 201

Giving back to the local communities

Our Foundation programs support not only employee wellbeing, but also the wellbeing of communities where we live and work. Through a variety of community engagement initiatives, we make sure we leave a positive impact on our communities, and build our own skills and confidence along the way.

Community Day group

One popular Foundation program is our annual Community Day. Operating since 1996, this is a much-loved initiative that gives employees a chance to give back to the communities in which we live and work. On one day every September, Lendlease employees are invited to take time out to volunteer their skills and experiences to a range of community projects.

Employees’ skills are matched with community needs, supporting projects that address social, economic and environmental issues. Teams of employees design, build, garden, clean, demolish, pack, plan, paint, repair and teach, alongside our community partners. Community organizations we have supported in this way range from local schools and homeless centers, to environmental regeneration projects.

Since the launch of the initiative, our employees have volunteered over 600,000 hours of their time to hundreds of community projects around the world.

Another example of a global Foundation program is our flagship initiative Springboard, which brings employees from different cultures and businesses together for an intensive four-day personal development experience. Around 300 employees participate in eight Springboard programs each year. The Springboard program was recently honored with an International CSR Excellence Award, presented in London in June 2014.

Supporting first australians

Lendlease has its roots in Australia, and although today we are a global company, much of our business continues to be based there. As part of our commitment to investing in people and local communities, we are engaged in programs to raise awareness and celebrate the heritage of Australia’s first peoples, and to promote economic opportunities for Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders.

First Australians

Our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) was set up to increase the representation of First Australians within LendLease and in our sector as a whole. Through this plan, we partner with a range of organisations supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians by providing vocational and educational opportunities.

One example of such a partnership is our work with Yalari, an organisation that provides secondary scholarships to Indigenous children from regional and remote communities. We also work with the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME), which pairs university students with school students from year 8-12 in a mentoring relationship that encourages kids to finish school and explore further tertiary and vocational education.

Another key partnership is with Career Trackers, an internship program for talented indigenous university students. Within our first year of launching the RAP in 2011, five interns had joined the Lendlease team via Career Trackers. To date, 23 interns have joined Lendlease through Career Trackers, one of whom now works full-time as Assistant Development Manager within our Development Business.

With Lendlease support, CareerTrackers won the Spiire Award for Innovation at the Property Council of Australia’s 2013 Innovation and Excellence Awards.

“I’m currently working on a Lendlease project developing a Frank Gehry building - the first one in Australia! It’s an amazing opportunity, and I wouldn’t be here now if it wasn’t for Career Trackers. I’d like to thank Lendlease and Career Trackers for giving indigenous students a chance to realise their potential.” 

Maddy Corr, construction project management student supported by Career Trackers

A new approach to community housing

In remote regions of Australia where many Aboriginal communities live, social housing is often poorly planned, designed and constructed. To address the problem, we have been working on a voluntary basis with Aboriginal community groups and other key business partners in order to create a new social housing model that better meets the needs of indigenous communities.

Aboriginal Flag

Out of this partnership was born the Bourke Aboriginal Housing Project. This project is more than just another housing development – it’s a new approach to community housing that is environmentally efficient, scalable, and designed, built and owned by the community.

From the outset, Bourke community members were closely involved in every stage of the development. Thirty young Aboriginal people signed up for the training courses to be part of the project build. As part of the planning stage, primary school children from the three schools in Bourke took part in a drawing competition to design their perfect house. The procurement strategy for the project focused on local trades and suppliers.

As well as providing skills and employment, the Bourke model gives Aboriginal families opportunities to own their own homes. During construction we received several applications from potential buyers interested in long-term home ownership.

Construction of the two pilot houses at Bourke was completed in May 2013. These houses have since been sold to members of the Aboriginal community in Bourke. Proceeds from the sale of the houses will fund further development to deliver this housing model across the region. Federal and State governments in Australia have expressed support for the Bourke approach.

Inspiring young minds

We run a number of employment, training and educational programs aimed at young people, inspiring minds and giving a sense of direction when it’s needed most.

BoysTown is an organization dedicated to helping disadvantaged and marginalized young people improve their quality of life. Through our partnership with BoysTown, we offer young people job placements and training (including life-skills training) to prepare them for careers within the building sector. The partnership project takes place in Yarrabilba, a Lendlease Community in Queensland, Australia

To date, 14 young people have gained employment opportunities through the scheme, eight of whom have progressed to full time employment (with the majority being taken on by one of Lendlease’s contractors). We are currently planning to roll out the program across other Lendlease projects in Queensland.

Kids Teaching Kids
In Melbourne, Lendlease has for the past three years been working with Kids Teaching Kids, an organization that aims to inspire future environmental leaders. One recent joint initiative is the Melbourne Water Kids Teaching Kids Conference, a day-long event introducing kids to sustainability issues around water and resource management in general.

During the sold-out event, Lendlease staff volunteered their time to run activities with conference participants, including tours of some of the world’s most sustainable buildings.

A playground to join up a city

Darling Quarter is a new community precinct at the southern end of Sydney’s Darling Harbour. The 1.5 hectare district has revitalized this once-neglected area by reconnecting it with the city, while also creating a vibrant new public space for families and children.

Darling Quarter

Darling Quarter combines green spaces and play areas with restaurants and commercial buildings. A pedestrian boulevard weaves through the site, linking Darling Harbor South with the rest of the city. The focal point of the precinct is a spectacular 4,000m2 playground – one of the biggest free family attractions in Sydney, full of play equipment and games designed to fire young imaginations and inspire creativity.

Using a range of innovative energy and water-saving features, the district’s two commercial buildings set world-leading standards for sustainable building design. At night, the buildings’ illuminated façade becomes a digital canvas for one of the world’s largest interactive light installations.

“Darling Quarter is setting a new precedent for public domain and playgrounds in Australia, if not the world.” 

Dick Persson, AM Chairman, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority

Saving an urban forest

To create a great place, it helps to appreciate the value of what’s already there – as our major regeneration project at London’s Elephant and Castle demonstrates.

Urban Forest

In Elephant and Castle, just a few meters from one of the busiest road junctions in the capital, is a mature woodland of more than 450 trees that has been largely hidden from public gaze for 40 years. Known to local residents but off the grid to everyone else, the woodland forms the heart of the Heygate estate – a 1970s development of mid-rise concrete tower blocks that had fallen into disrepair and neglect.

When we originally submitted our proposal to redevelop the estate, we were unaware of the existence of the woodland until a local campaign group brought it to our attention. Recognizing the importance of this natural oasis for residents and the local environment, we set about revising our plans to make sure as much of the woodland as possible will be preserved and integrated into the new development.

Working with environmental adviser Professor Chris Baines, we are using new technology such as air spades to prevent damage to the roots of the trees. Our plans also make the woodland more accessible, transforming it into a valuable asset not just for local residents but the wider Elephant and Castle community.

The scheme, which has been renamed Elephant Park, will create one of the largest public parks built in Britain in 70 years. Find out more about our project at Elephant and Castle.

Remembering 9/11

Creating a powerful new landmark for New York City

September 11 Memorial

A great place can be more than just somewhere to live or work. Buildings have the power to tell stories, to bear witness, to bind us together in collective memory and help us make sense of the events taking place in the world around us. Such is the case with the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, a major new landmark for New York City developed by Lendlease.

The National September 11 Memorial and Museum is a tribute of remembrance to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, and a testament to the triumph of human life and dignity over terror. Lendlease was honored to be invited to construct the memorial and museum, bringing to life award-winning designs by architect Michael Arad, landscape architect Peter Walker and the innovative Norwegian firm Snohetta.

The memorial’s twin reflecting pools are each nearly an acre in size and feature the largest manmade waterfalls in North America. The pools sit within the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood. The underground museum features remnants of the original World Trade Center structural columns, as well as exhibitions telling the story of what happened on 9/11.

Among many sustainable measures undertaken in the construction of the memorial and museum, we committed to recycling waste materials generated on site wherever possible. As a result, 75% of construction and demolition waste was diverted from landfill.

To conserve water during operation, we installed a storm water collection and treatment system that allowed rainwater to be used for irrigation. 50% of the wood material on the project originates from forests certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

A sustainable benchmark in Sydney

Barangaroo South is Sydney’s latest and most exciting urban precinct – an area that promises not just to be a great place to work, socialize, eat and shop, but a benchmark for sustainable living and urban design everywhere.

Barangaroo South

This harbor-front regeneration project – Sydney’s largest since the 2000 Olympics - has created Australia’s first entirely carbon-neutral carbon community. It’s an achievement that came about through rigorous planning and relentless innovation. Right from the start, our Climate Positive Work Plan looked at the project from every angle to identify ways to minimize environmental impacts, from energy generation to waste and water recycling.

Right from the outset, our aim was to make Barangaroo South a demonstration of how better design and building practices can reduce the carbon impact of a development to zero. All of the power required to power the precinct’s public spaces is offset by the renewable energy created onsite, thanks to 6,000 square meters of solar panels generating around 1,000 MWh of energy a year. From day one of the project, 80% of operational waste was diverted from landfill. We expect Barangaroo South to produce no net landfill waste by 2020.

More than 50% of the site has been given over to public space, including cultural facilities and a waterfront promenade. As well as being an exciting urban destination in its own right, Barangaroo South is connected with the rest of Sydney through a number of convenient pedestrian and public transport links.

Reviving the Elephant

Most Londoners associate the busy junction of Elephant and Castle with traffic chaos and grim tower blocks. That reputation is set to change, thanks to a major regeneration project undertaken by Lendlease and Southwark Council.

Elephant & Castle

Despite Elephant and Castle’s reputation, the area is centrally located and has a vibrant community of local residents – strengths that are often overlooked. Our vision is to build on those strengths and re-establish Elephant Park as one of London’s most flourishing urban quarters. Encompassing over 28 acres, this is a project of a scale rarely seen in central London, and the last major regeneration opportunity in the city’s zone 1.

Our plans for Elephant Park will transform the entire area for the benefit of everybody. As well as providing new office, retail, community, leisure and restaurant space, the project will deliver 2,000 new homes.

The development will re-establish a new public realm of squares and streets, delivering 3,000 square meters of publicly accessible green space and more than 1,200 new trees. The new Elephant Park will be home to central London's biggest new park, as well as better travel conditions for pedestrians, cyclists, public transport users and drivers alike. The regeneration will also create 5,000 jobs, giving local people opportunities to develop skills and earn a decent income.

Consideration for the natural environment has been a major priority in our construction plans. As well as replacing carbon-intensive materials with greener alternatives such as cross-laminated timber and geopolymer concrete, we are working with world-leading ecologists to promote biodiversity on site. This should help make Elephant Park one of the lowest-impact, most bio-diverse urban developments in the UK.

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