Lendlease has claimed the nation’s top property prize, receiving the Rider Levett Bucknall Australian Development of the Year award for their innovative timber marvel, International House Sydney.
Lendlease was presented with the accolade at the Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall
Innovation and Excellence Awards in Sydney on Friday.
“International House is not only a construction industry ‘game changer’. It shows how innovative sustainable design is also a crowd pleaser that can enhance the fabric of our cities,” said the Property Council’s Chief Executive, Ken Morrison.
Designed by Tzannes architects and completed in April 2017, the six-storey building was constructed from cross-laminated timber and glue-laminated timber. The timber structure is supported by a ground retail level of conventional concrete.
Mr Morrison noted the judges were impressed with International House’s green credentials, pointing to the “clear environmental benefit of timber”.
International House’s 3,500 cubic metres of sustainably-grown and recycled timber acts as a ‘carbon sink’ while also reducing the use of high-emissions concrete.
Lendlease took home the SAS International Award for Best Office Development for International House and the developer also won the Hiflow Award for Best Shopping Centre Development for The Streets of Barangaroo.
This year, 152 finalists competed for national recognition in 20 categories.
Elwood House in Melbourne won the Crown Group Award for Best Residential Development.
Rider Levett Bucknall’s Victorian Managing Director Ewen McDonald applauded developer Piccolo’s demonstration of how urban regeneration can deliver an uplift in residential amenity while maintaining the fabric and character of the existing Ormond Village.
Frasers Property Australia was presented with the LJ Hooker Commercial Award for Best Business or Industrial Park for the Horsley Drive Business Park in Western Sydney.
Mr Morrison said the development has “redefined excellence in industrial parks, boasting impressive environmental credentials and demonstrating an innovative business structure that will support future regeneration projects in the area”.
SHAPE Group design manager Althea Papinczak was chosen from a large field for the du Chateau Chun Future Leader of the Year Award.