A 45-storey Perth office development, a state-of-the-art aquatic centre, Brisbane’s tallest residential tower and a world-class learning facility were just four of the winners at the 2014 Property Council of Australia/Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards.
“This year, winners were drawn from 83 finalists across 16 categories nationwide, and were chosen for delivering inspiring design, leading edge practice and exceptional outcomes for the community,” says a Property Council of Australia spokesperson.
Brookfield Place Perth took out the top honours, bagging three awards, including the Australian Development of the Year. The premium-grade, 45-level office tower incorporates the latest in workplace design and a unique Heritage retail area.
The Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre in Victoria, now the largest council-operated sports and aquatic facility in the country, won Best Tourism and Leisure Development.
Meriton Group won Best Residential Development for Brisbane’s tallest residential tower, the Soleil apartments. Meriton Group embraced unconventional design and construction techniques to create the most slender building in the southern hemisphere.
Best Public Building was won by RMIT for its Swanston Academic Building, which provides a world-class learning and teaching environment for 6000 students and 850 staff, while WorkSmart@420 at 420 George Street in Sydney won Best Workplace Project.
Hamilton Harbour in Brisbane was awarded with Best Mixed Use Development for the spectacular transformation of a derelict waterfront industrial area into one of that city’s most desirable addresses.
Murray Rose at Sydney Olympic Park won Best Sustainable Development – New Buildings, for its impressive environmental features, including the largest solar installation in an Australian commercial building of this size.
Mirvac gained Best Sustainable Development – Existing Buildings for its $60 million refurbishment of 10-20 Bond Street, Sydney – a renovation that was undertaken during the GFC (global financial crisis) and while the tower was still operational.
The award for Best Master Planned Community went to the suburb of Crace in Canberra.
The Forest Hill Chase Rejuvenation Development won Best Shopping Centre Development for its transformation of a tired mall into a thriving retail precinct, while Best Retirement Living Development was won by The Arbour at Berry.
Dandenong Logis Eco-Industrial Park, developed by Places Victoria as a joint venture with landowner Melbourne Water, won Best Business or Industrial Park for setting new benchmarks for high-quality architecture, urban design, amenity and sustainability in industrial developments.
For a full list of winners visit www.propertyoz.com.au/awards.