SM10: Barangaroo South District Cooling from concept to operation


Graham Carter, Operations Manager, Lendlease Applied Insight

Asar Younes, Technical Manager, Mechanical Services at Applied Insight, Lendlease Building

Richard Pickering, Director, Norman Disney & Young

Bob Norris, Energy Services Manager, Lendlease Living Utilities

Barangaroo South is a landmark development. The prestigious precinct on the shores of Darling Harbour is one of the 18 projects globally to be a part of the Clinton Climate Initiative’s C40 carbon positive development programme.  A significant contributor to achieving the carbon positive goal is the district cooling system that provides chilled water to all types of building within the development. Each consumer from apartment resident to commercial tenant benefits from the integrated approach to precinct efficiency. Achieving leading performance is not without significant challenges; this session explores the challenges of:

  • laying the foundations of a workable sustainability strategy,
  • the precinct wide cooling design concepts and strategies employed,
  • integrating the detailed design of the commercial building’s cooling systems,
  • the transition from construction to the required operating performance.

The session will be followed by an optional tour of the district cooling facilities at Barangaroo South. Must be booked separately.

Cost: $45 (inc GST)  BOOK NOW –  Speaker Session only


 Graham Carter trained as a mechanical engineer in Canada and has worked in the area of low energy and environmental building design for over 25 years, the past 20 of those in Australia. With Lendlease, Graham has worked on the environmental design of a wide range of leading projects in Australia and grown a diverse team of professionals dedicated to improving environmental and human performance within the built environment. On Barangaroo South, Graham has lead a team responsible for the environmental design of the buildings to ensure the precinct achieves the highest levels of sustainability performance and ratings.




Asar Younes is a Technical Manager, Mechanical Services at Applied Insight a division of Lendlease Building. Asar led a mechanical services team that designed, documented, and managed the commissioning process and tunning of the District Cooling Plant and basement services at Barangaroo Stage 1A (and future stages) over the past 8+ years.

Asar also led the team that developed and set for Barangaroo South office towers, retail and residential buildings, the mechanical services base building concept design, strategies, budgets and were the principle reviewers for Lendlease of base building systems, fitout designs and Lendlease Head office fitout.

Asar has been involved in most projects being delivered by Lendlease over the past 27+ years with roles varying from concept to detailed design, benchmarking, technical reviews, optimising external designs, financial feasibility, commissioning, tunning, etc.

A qualified Mechanical Engineer with more than 30 years industry experience Asar has been involved in many Lendlease delivered sustainability ground breaking building projects resulting in a dramatic reduction in demand, energy and water use over the past 15+ years.



Bob Norris is the Energy Services Manager for Lendlease Living Utilities. In his current role, Bob is responsible for the management of energy engineering and performance matters for the delivery and operation of the Barangaroo operating assets, together with Living Utilities pipeline development and infrastructure solution-sets.

He has extensive industry experience having worked in the operation, design, and construction of building services systems for over 35 years. Bob holds a Bachelor’s Degree (Honours) in Environmental Engineering from the Southbank University of London.

Previous roles include: Pacific Engineering Manager, Dalkia Energy Services, National Energy Manager, Schneider Electric, Director, Ecology Engineering & Senior & District Engineer, Guys & St Thomas’ Hospital Trust, UK.



Richard Pickering is a Director of Norman Disney & Young (NDY) based in the Sydney Office. Richard’s prime responsibilities include technical direction of the Mechanical Services streams offered by NDY’s Sydney operation and the leadership of multi-disciplinary engineering teams on large developments.

Richard has been NDY’s project leader on the three commercial towers at Barangaroo South. The project comprises over 250,000 sqm of office space over 110 levels across the three tower buildings.

Richard’s other project experience includes: new and refurbished commercial buildings such as 126 Phillip Street, Sydney, Shell Mex House, London and 123 Albert Street, Brisbane; retail facilities such as Centrepoint, Warringah Mall and Kotara Garden City, plus entertainment and sporting venues such as the Qudos Bank Arena and the Sydney International Aquatic Centre.


Note: The seminar program may be subject to change. If you have registered for this seminar any topic, presenter, timetable or price changes will be communicated as soon as possible prior to the event.