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Barangaroo South takes top gong at PCA awards

Lendlease’s Barangaroo South urban renewal project
Lendlease’s Barangaroo South urban renewal project

Lendlease’s Barangaroo South urban renewal project has been awarded top honours at the Property Council of Australia’s national awards, taking home the top Australian Development of the Year award as well as Best Sustainable Development – New Buildings, Best Mixed Use Development, Best Workplace Project and People’s Choice awards.

The project, due for completion in 2023, is aiming to be the country’s first carbon neutral precinct.

“Barangaroo South is a truly iconic international project which has recalibrated the way Australians think about precinct-scale urban renewal,” PCA chief executive Ken Morrison said.

“Lendlease has combined iconic buildings designed by acclaimed architects with world-leading sustainability initiatives that have transformed entire supply chains and challenged large tenants to embrace green business practices.”

He said the project showed that “when density is done right, it delivers”.

The precinct when complete will host 23,000 office workers, 2000 residents, a six-star hotel and 80-plus cafés, bars, restaurants and retail outlets across 535,000 square metres of gross floor area.

Rider Levett Bucknall partnered with PCA on the awards. Its managing director NSW Matthew Harris said Barangaroo South demonstrated that sustainability leadership could coexist with “spectacular commercial success”.

“Barangaroo South is demonstrates how leadership in sustainability can exist alongside spectacular commercial success” says the RLB’s Managing Director NSW, Matthew Harris.

“Barangaroo South aims to be Australia’s first large-scale carbon neutral precinct, and sustainability is embedded in everything from the design of buildings to the materials used,” Mr Harris said.

Stockland Wetherill Park takes other sustainability gong

Stockland Wetherill Park retail centre was the winner of the Best Sustainable Development – Existing Buildings award, as well as Best Shopping Centre Development.

The project, which has 70,000 sum of gross lettable area, was first built in 1983 and underwent a major transformation at the end of 2015, with an additional refurbishment of the fresh food precinct completed in 2016.

The centre now boasts 5 Star Green Star ratings for design and construction, and has led to a $4 million a year saving on energy and water.

Wetherill Park interior

Mr Morrison said social sustainability was also a key component of the centre.

“Stockland Wetherill Park launched the first Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food in the country, which provides a permanent kitchen to educate the community on healthy eating,” he said.

“Stockland’s innovative strategy has created shared value and is a model for other shopping centres.”

Other big winners included Mirvac’s EY Centre at 200 George Street Sydney, which won the Best Office Development award; Tonsley Innovation District in Adelaide, which won the award for Best Development Innovation; ICC Sydney Convention Centre, which won Best Public Building and Best Tourism and Leisure Development; and Haven @ Rockingham in Western Australia, which won Best Affordable Housing Development.

This year there were 137 finalists in 20 categories.

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