Lend Lease the ‘Darling’ of the 2013 Innovation and Excellence Awards


Some of Australia’s finest property developments were recognised on Saturday at the prestigious 2013 Innovation and Excellence Awards hosted by the Property Council of Australia and Rider Levett Bucknall.

Chief Executive of the Property Council of Australia, Peter Verwer, recognised the high quality of work awarded.

“This year’s awards showcase the depth and breadth of outstanding projects from across Australia,” he said.

“From 107 finalists across 16 categories nationwide, the winning projects reinforce our industry’s ongoing and outstanding commitment to leading-edge practice.”

Among the many winners was Lend Lease’s $500 million Darling Quarter and Commonwealth Bank Place project, which received four awards including:

  • Australian Development of the Year
  • Colliers International Award for Best Office Development
  • WSP Award for Best Sustainable Development - New Buildings and;
  • Project Control Group Award for Best Workplace Project

The $1.2 billion redevelopment of Westfield Sydney received the Woodhead Award for Best Mixed Use Development

and the Redpath Partners Award for Best Shopping Centre Development.

Ross Copland, Westfield’s former National Operations Manager, won the Judd Farris Award for Future Leader of the Year for reducing Westfield Australia’s resource consumption.

As the largest and most successful local government project in Australia in the past decade, The Concourse development by the Willoughby City Council was awarded the Philip Chun Award for Government Leadership

The CareTrackers Indigenous Internship Program works to connect the property industry with talented young Indigenous Australians and won the Spiire Award for Innovation.

The BlueScope Buildings Award for Best Business or Industrial Park

was presented to the 110 hectare Greystanes Estate Development located in Sydney’s west.

The Oceangrove development by Dee Why RSL Club on Sydney’s Northern Beaches was awarded the Gardens Lawyers Award for Best Retirement Living Development

for its innovative approach to seniors’ living.

In Victoria, the 357 bed, $1 billion Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne won the John Holland Award for Best Public Building.

Piccolo Group's The Garden House in Melbourne, featuring 46 luxury apartments overlooking the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens, won The Village Building Company Award for Best Residential Development.

The Port Coogee coastal and brownfield remediation project was the only award for Western Australia, winning the RPS Award for Best Master Planned Community. 

On completion, the development will include 800 homes, 1,100 apartments, a 300 berth marina and a retail commercial tourism precinct for 4,000 people.

For Queensland, the Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences won the Ryan Lawyers Award for Best Tourism and Leisure Development

and the transformation of 215 Adelaide Street in Brisbane’s CBD won the Thinc Award for Best Sustainable Development - Existing Buildings.

The RM Hope Building in Canberra’s Parliamentary Triangle won the S4B Studio Award for Best Heritage Development and was the only award for ACT.

The event took place on 18 May 2013 at a gala dinner at The Star Event Centre in Sydney.

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