In a virtual awards ceremony, the Property Council of Australia and Rider Levett Bucknall have honoured Investa’s Barrack Place, which has been given the Rider Levett Bucknall Australia Development of the Year award.
Designed by Architectus and strategically situated at 151 Clarence Street between Martin Place and Sydney’s Western Corridor in Sydney, the project presented in 2018 involved the transformation of a 1960s concrete tower into a 23-storey office building which includes a modern glass tower topping a masonry podium façade and a fine grain ground-floor network of laneways which cultivates an active thoroughfare connecting Clarence and Kent streets.
The building was the first in this country to attain pre-certification for the Core and Shell rating under the Well Building certification for characteristics which enhance resident health and wellbeing.
Other traits include a 6 Star Green Star rating for finished construction, an Australia first operational smart building digital twin status, a Bluetooth smart-phone entry, excellent end-of-trip features, progressive air filtration and many green spaces.
Barrack Place also claimed the Colliers International Award for Best Office Development and the Landcom Award for Best Sustainable Development – New Buildings.
Other award winners include:
Ingenia Communities claimed the Growthbuilt Award for Best Affordable Housing Development with its Ingenia Lifestyles Chamber Pines (QLD) development, which took a groundbreaking land lease ownership model to supply more independent, financially free and versatile home ownership options for downsizers. It involved newly constructed residences sold at an entry price point of $229,000 – below the median house price in the Logan region of $400,000.
The Green Square Library & Plaza (NSW) won the Woods Bagot Award for Best Public Building. Situated in a onetime marshland and below the water table, the library and plaza forms the core of a community that will house 61,000 people by 2030. The 2,300 sqm library suffuses with natural light supplied by 40 skylights, while a subterranean garden supplies fragrant space in the fresh air. A central wastewater system and low-energy displacement ventilation system enhanced the library’s 5 Star Green Star rating.
The $421 million redevelopment of Stockland Green Hills (NSW) took the Hiflow Award for Best Shopping Centre Development as it enlarged Stockland Green Hills to form a retail, dining and entertainment centre that is connected, communal, accessible and inclusive.
Novotel Brisbane South Bank (QLD) claimed the Pure Projects Award for Best Tourism & Leisure Development as it symbolized a fresh new era for the flagship Accor brand. The sole international 4.5-star accommodation in South Bank, the Novotel claims inspiration from classic hotel spots in Paris, Bangkok and Sydney. Attaining energy efficiency is a main goal of the project – and is nearly 30 per cent more efficient than a benchmark building.
The Lighthouse Dee Why (NSW) won the InfraBuild Award for Best Mixed Use Development, as Meriton’s building design landmark combines residential, retail and commercial in four structures with sprawling views of the ocean, beach and lagoon. Finished in August 2018, the 351 apartments of one, two and three-bedroom apartments are located beside 16,000 sqm of retail.
York&George (NSW) has claimed the S4B Award for Best Heritage Development. A mixture of classic and contemporary, York&George includes commercial office space in restored historical warehouse structures. Owners Fife Capital and John Wardle Architects employed a stacked design to build a seven-story retail and office podium beneath a 32-story residential tower. The podium blends the historical Carlton House and Spiden House fronting York Street with modernistic flagship retail stores fronting George Street. The project team worked around heavy rail tunnels, many heritage buildings, activity along Sydney’s most active retail neighbourhood, and building of the Light Rail and development above a geological fault zone to grace the Sydney skyline.
A list of these award winners can be read at https://www.propertycouncilawards.com.au/.