Mirvac has announced plans for a rooftop farm at its $1 billion Australian Technology Park (ATP) development at Redfern to enhance the precinct with greater biodiversity and green space.
The ATP precinct, located approximately five km south of Sydney’s CBD, was purchased by a consortium led by Mirvac from the NSW Government in 2015.
The 13.2 hectare site is currently in the midst of a major transformation, set to become a world-class technology and innovation hub with the addition of three new commercial buildings.
The developer has now announced plans to incorporate Australia’s first Indigenous rooftop farm, run by Aboriginally-owned group, Yerrabingin, to be located on Building three.
The Indigenous start up, established one year ago, led by Christian Hampson and Clarence Slockee, will now engage the greater community, tenants and visitors to ATP to share in cultural and environmental knowledge while fostering workplace equality.
The 500sq m garden, to be designed and managed by Yerrabingin, will showcase native plant species of cultural significance to Aboriginal people from the Redfern area, and wider NSW.
“Initially we were talking to Mirvac about the idea of construction of a Cultural Landscape Garden in the South Eveleigh Precinct and then they asked us to submit a concept for the rooftop,” Yerrabingin co-founder Christian Hampson told The Urban Developer.
“This was in February this year and since then we have been working closely with the Mirvac team to design both spaces and programs for the area.”
The rooftop garden will aim to be self-funded through the running of workshops, tours and events hire as well as the sale of plant species and bush tucker.
“Mirvac and consortium partners AMP Capital and SunSuper’s vision for South Eveleigh was to create a state-of-the-art work and lifestyle destination that connects people culturally, socially and physically,” Mirvac project director William Walker told The Urban Developer.
“With that goal in mind, we joined forces with cultural start-up Yerrabingin to bring to life a unique, Indigenous rooftop farm and the garden which will contribute to South Eveleigh’s array of public and shared spaces where the community can come together.”
As well as the rooftop garden at Building three, Mirvac has tasked Yerrabingin with the landscape management of the entire South Eveleigh site to infuse permaculture, Indigenous knowledge and innovative design into the total development.
“The site has an important Indigenous legacy that we want to celebrate,” Walker said.
“Yerrabingin is a visionary start-up that will help Mirvac ensure this legacy is represented on site through a rich cultural experience for the South Eveleigh community and the wider public to enjoy.”
Yerrabingin is currently looking at a number of additional green architecture projects with Mirvac as well as other developers and landscape architecture firms looking to implement similar green practices.
Mirvac’s rooftop garden is scheduled for completion early-2019.