Sydney leads the way

Developers across Australia are producing innovative, sustainable buildings where people can work, live or shop in quality surrounds – and Sydney leads the way.

Sydney projects won five awards at this year’s Urban Taskforce Australia Development Excellence Awards, which NSW Governor Professor Marie Bashir presented at the new Hyde Park Doltone House event centre.

Leighton Properties with Grosvenor Australia won the Commercial Development Award for Eclipse Tower in Parramatta.

Goodman Group won the Retail Development Award for the Masters Home Improvement centre in Chullora, while Holdmark Property Group won the Industrial Development Award for the Knorr Bremse headquarters in Granville.

DEXUS Property Group won the Sustainable Development Award for its office tower at 1 Bligh Street, and Kresner Group won the Retirement Living Award for its Advantaged Care at Barden Lodge, Sutherland.

These developers’ visionary endeavours and creativity play a crucial role in building our cities for the 21st century and beyond, and increasing Australia’s general prosperity.

In Perth, the stunning “ultra-green” Brookfield Place project – which Brookfield developed and which has BHP Billiton as anchor tenant – won the Development of the Year for its creative contribution to the urban space.

Melbourne picked up two awards. The Innovative Development Award went to Lend Lease for the world’s tallest timber apartment building, Forte, at Victoria Harbour. At suburban Highett, Fabcot Pty Ltd took out the Mixed Use Development Award for the Woolworths Retail Property Development.

In Brisbane, Meriton won the Residential Development Award for its 74-level residential tower, Soleil, in the city centre.

Professor Bashir reminded the audience that Sydney was already talking about development 200 years ago, when governor Lachlan Macquarie wanted to map the city. He emancipated convict Francis Greenway and appointed him first government architect.

“We have been reaping that vision ever since,” Professor Bashir said.

The jury, which NSW Government architect Peter Poulet chaired, assessed projects from around Australia.

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