David Malcolm Justice Centre Wins Property Council of Australia’s Environmentally Sustainable Design & Sustainability Award


Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do. We are delighted therefore to announce that the David Malcolm Justice Centre (DMJC), located in Perth, was recognised for its pioneering environmentally sustainable design by the Property Council of Australia (PCA) at the 2018 Western Australia Property Awards. The judges selected the DMJC as the winner of the ‘Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) and Sustainability Award: Premium/A Grade’ Award because they felt the design is “something rarely seen in the market.”

Located within the Cathedral Precinct at the junction of Barrack Street and St Georges Terrace, the DMJC is a 32 storey, A-grade commercial office tower jointly owned by Mirvac and Keppel REIT. The tower forms the centrepiece of the $700 million redevelopment of one of Perth’s most significant heritage precincts. The site encompasses the Como Hotel in the Old Treasury Building, the Perth Library, the State Administrative Tribunal building, the Public Trustee building, the Perth Town Hall and the St Georges Cathedral.

Named in honour of the late Chief Justice, David Malcolm, the building houses the Supreme Court, judicial chambers and state-of-the-art office accommodation for the Department of the Attorney General and Treasury.

From the outset, the design and construction of the tower focused on delivering exceptional environmental sustainability outcomes. Our goal was to create an energy efficient building with low operating costs. The building, which features Perth’s first tri-generation system and a grey water treatment plant, has received acclaim for its sustainability achievements since inception. The tower also received a Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) 5 Star Green Star Rating – Design in 2012, and a GBCA 5 Star Green Star - As Built rating in August 2017.

But the most significant sustainability milestones have occurred from the ongoing operation of the tower. The building earned a 5 Star NABERS rating in March 2018 and Perth’s first GBCA 6 Star Green Star performance rating in May 2018. The DMJC has increased overall recycling rates to 74 per cent during the last financial year, exceeding initial targets.

The Property Council judges were impressed by the DMJC’s “market leading results”, and its significant achievement to receive Perth’s first GBCA 6 Star Green Star performance rating. The DMJC excelled in the Award criteria, based on the design’s vision and innovation, adaptability and results. On top of winning the ESD and Sustainability award, DMJC was also chosen as the winner of the Western Australia Commercial Property of the Year over 20,000sqm award.