Heritage icon wins Australian Development of the Year

The revitalisation of one of Sydney’s heritage icons has come up trumps, with 50 Martin Place taking out the Rider Levett Bucknall Australian Development of the Year for 2016.

Macquarie Group’s workplace was presented with the development industry’s most coveted prize at the Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards in Sydney on Friday 3 June.

“50 Martin Place is a landmark example of how retrofitting can transform tired old offices into highly-connected, high-performance workplaces without compromising character, charm or contemporary standards of sustainability,” says the Property Council of Australia’s Chief Executive, Ken Morrison.

According to Managing Director of RLB NSW, Matthew Harris, the sympathetic restoration has delivered a building that is efficient, enhances the wellbeing of occupants and is a suitable address for a dynamic, global business.

“As our cities continue to adapt and evolve, 50 Martin Place showcases how re-imagining our old buildings can deliver vibrant new spaces for people today,” Mr Harris says.

50 Martin Place joins an exclusive list of previous recipients of the Rider Levett Bucknall Australian Development of the Year, including One Shelley Street, Darling Quarter and 8 Chifley in Sydney, ANZ Centre and Fairfax Media House in Melbourne and Brookfield Place in Perth.

50 Martin Place also took home the SAS International Award for Best Office Development and the JLL Award for Best Sustainable Development - Existing Buildings, while projects in New South Wales were presented with 11 of the 19 awards up for grabs.

Lendlease’s business transformation manager Sarah Kinsela took out the du Chateau Chun Award for Future Leader of the Year for her work leading entrepreneurial projects, such as the first integrated end-to-end property sales solution on the market.

“In a short career, Sarah has made a meaningful impact on the property industry by delivering real results that provide social, environmental, cultural and economic value, and she is a worthy recipient of this important award,” says Mr Morrison.

Lendlease was also presented with the KONE Award for Innovation for the Barangaroo Skills Exchange – a one-stop learning shop for construction workers wanting to improve their trade skills and enhance their literacy and numeracy.

“This unique collaboration between Lendlease, TAFE NSW and the Construction Property Services and Industry Skills Council is boosting skills and career opportunities within our industry, and provides a blueprint for future skills development,” RLB’s Mr Harris explains.

Mirvac Limited was recognised for its industry-leading commitment to gender equality, taking out the first-ever Moulis Legal Award for Diversity.

“Mirvac Group is one of just two ASX 200-listed companies with 50 per cent female representation on its board of directors, and its commitment to gender equity and inclusion is driven from the top. Mirvac is building an inclusive culture that values diversity – and in doing so is using diversity as a driver of customer-focused innovation,” Mr Morrison adds.

RLB has partnered with the Property Council of Australia to present the Innovation & Excellence Awards program since its inception in 1982.

The 2016 Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Award winners were announced on Friday 3 June at a gala dinner at The Star Event Centre in Sydney.

A full list of winners is available online and below: www.propertycouncilawards.com.au

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2016 Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards
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