DUNBAR PLACE is situated in the heart of Ho Man Tin surrounded by Argyle Street, Gullane Road and Dunbar Road. The building was designed by famous UK Architect Firm Make, founded by Ken Shuttleworth. Dunbar Place comprises of 53 spacious three- to four-bedroom apartments including two special penthouse units, ranging from 1,208 - 2,152 ft2 saleable area fitted with club house facilities and swimming pool for leisure. The development was completed in 2013.
Swire Properties recognizes the importance of building rating scheme Building Environment Assessment Method (BEAM Plus) in serving as a benchmark of comparison for commercial tenants, buyers, investors and employees as well as encouraging sustainable development in the building industry. We therefore continually strive to achieve the highest BEAM Plus rating for our new projects and build our developments to high environmental standards so that occupiers can also live green.
DUNBAR PLACE includes sustainability features and adheres to our sustainable development philosophy and approach, which encapsulate the idea that green architecture does not mean a compromise in design.
DUNBAR PLACE integrates a host of sustainable design features such as:
What are the motivations to go “green”?
We have been promoting green building for many years. In fact, we are one of the private developers initiated a localized green building assessment scheme for Hong Kong around 20 years ago, which has been evolved and now called “BEAM Plus”. Our strategy is to create long-term value by developing, owning and managing diverse properties mainly in Hong Kong and Mainland China. We nurture and improve our portfolio through continuous exemplary service, maintenance and enhancements, which allow us to maximize the occupancy and earnings potential of our properties for the economic benefit of our shareholders and for the social benefit of the communities where we operate. Green building design and management is one of the key to success. For more than 40 years, we have conceived, designed, developed and managed commercial and residential projects that have led to the creation of lively neighborhoods and the revitalization of existing areas where people can live, work and thrive.
What are the major strategies to earn the credits and achieve the BEAM Plus rating?
The achievement of BEAM Plus Platinum rating is the joint effort of the consultants, contractors, facilities management and us. We initiated the BEAM Plus workshop amongst various stakeholders at the preliminary design stage. In order to monitor the progress of the BEAM Plus submission, we set up the regular meetings with designers, consultants and the facilities management colleagues to resolve all the problems with regard to the BEAM Plus credits. The environmental specification was prepared based on the discussion in the meetings. The contractors were also invited to the workshops when they were on board.
What are the main obstacles during the certification process? And how would you tackle them?
The coordination amongst various parties is the main challenge to the BEAM Plus certification because different parties have different views and preferences especially under the site constraint and time frame. Nevertheless, we conducted different design studies with the corresponding targeted BEAM ratings and made decision on the most practical optimized solution. With professional advice from different parties, we finally achieve such a remarkable rating which sets up a good model for our upcoming development projects.
Apart from the BEAM Plus rating, what do you consider the key project success? What are the expectation for the future users of the building?
Team spirit and expertise from individual consultant and contractor is the keys to the project success. We believe we have successfully created an environmental friendly building for the future building users and we hope they would appreciate our effort and continue a green living style in future.