D3: Rejuvenating the Younghusband Woolstore Precinct in Melbourne

The 2018 International Urban Design Conference will be held at the SMC Conference and Function Centre, Sydney, NSW over 12 – 13 November.

The conference will showcase innovations in projects and research embracing and creating transformational change in urban environments.

Joining us at the conference is Mr Caimin McCabe, Director & International Partner at Cundall who will present on ‘UD3: Rejuvenating the Younghusband Woolstore Precinct in Melbourne’.


Aspiring towards Australian leadership in sustainable design, the redevelopment of Younghusband Woolstore will showcase Impact Investment Group’s (IIG) commitment to sustainability. Located only 10 minutes from Melbourne CBD and a four-minute walk from Kensington train station, this heritage listed site features 5 buildings with warehouse spaces and robust industrial features.

The redevelopment of this site will create a vibrant community of commercial spaces, creative studios and food outlets. Sustainability is at the core of this new mixed-use development with 6 key themes underpinning the design process – recycling and waste, community, urban impact, health, performance and generation. With the development’s strong commitment to health, the site will also feature a number of green spaces in order to improve health and wellbeing of occupants and tenants.

As part of IIG’s commitment to social and environmentally responsive development its sustainability aspirations for the Younghusband redevelopment are:
• Achieve “Real World” industry recognized carbon and water neutrality
• Provide demonstrable evidence of benefits and ability to sustainably re-purpose existing buildings; and
• Obtain formal independent recognition for the strong community benefits of the redevelopment.
• Attract key corporate tenants for the commercial office areas, particularly in Building S1 & S2;

To respond to these commitments the development has committed to attain formal One Planet Living (OPL) recognition as it offered the ability to formulate the right frameworks that could achieve the redevelopment sustainability aspirations rather than use other environmental rating tools that offer a rule book and checklist approach. It will also be using Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) not just to demonstrate the environmental benefits to retaining and re-purposing existing buildings rather than demolish and redevelop, but to also inform design decision making on construction approaches, design solutions and material selections.

In addition to providing an introduction to the proposed redevelopment the presentation will also provide an overview of the initiatives, strategies and approaches taken to attain these lofty environmental outcomes.


Caimin has over 28 years consulting experience in environmentally responsive and sustainable building design, including numerous justice and correctional facilities. Within the breath of his experience are projects which enjoy both national and international praise for innovative design, energy efficiency, occupant comfort and reduced environmental impact. Key to his success in achieving real sustainable outcomes has been his multi-discipline, climatically responsive and open approach to improving the sustainable design response of buildings. Sustainable design inspires Caimin as it leads to “good design outcomes in respect to function, form, performance, occupant satisfaction and future proofing”.

For more information on the 2018 International Urban Design Conference visit the conference website at urbandesignaustralia.com.au


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