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Queensland and Accor shine at national property awards

The 2020 Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards were announced in a virtual ceremony and four exceptional Queensland projects and a Brisbane-based project manager took out some of the nation’s top property awards.

Winner Novotel Brisbane South Bank took out the award for best tourism and leisure development.

Accor’s Novotel Brisbane South Bank was presented with the Pure Projects Award for Best Tourism & Leisure Development. Pure Projects Award for Best Tourism & Leisure Development. The opening of this hotel in May 2018 signalled a ‘next generation’ era for the brand. As the only internationally branded 4.5-star accommodation in South Bank, the Novotel takes achieves energy efficiency as a cornerstone of its operations – and is 27 per cent more efficient than a benchmark building.

Novotel, image supplied

Property Council Chief Executive Ken Morrison explained the decision: “The judges chose the Novotel Brisbane South Bank for delivering a new accommodation asset that has enhanced the reputation South Bank as Brisbane’s foremost tourism precinct.”

All of the Queensland winners came from a pool of 127 national finalists across 19 categories, they included two Queensland residential developments that showcased both luxury living and affordable housing. Oxley+Stirling, perched on the Brisbane River, won the Avenor Award for Best Residential Development while Ingenia Lifestyles Chamber Pines in Logan collected the Growthbuilt Award for Best Affordable Housing Development.

The Procore Award for Development Innovation went to Lendlease’s 25 King, Queensland’s first engineered timber commercial building and the tallest and largest (by gross floor area) in Australia.

Daniel Burke, Project Manager with Turner & Townsend, achieved a round of applause for winning the NS Group Award for Future Leader of the Year. His commitment to delivering better health, education and employment infrastructure for rural and regional communities wowed the judges.

Property Council Queensland Executive Director Chris Mountford said: “Queensland is delivering world-class developments that shape the future of our state, and this national recognition is justly deserved. We have the fundamentals right to attract investment from around the world – now we need the right settings to capitalise on our strengths,”

RLB has partnered with the Property Council to present the awards program since its inception in 1982 and RLB’s Managing Director, David Stewart said: “Australia’s property industry generates 13 per cent of our GDP, provides jobs for more than 1.4 million Australians and shapes the future of our cities. We are proud to present an awards program that champions the role of a strong property industry creating jobs, growth and prosperity for all Australians.”

Queensland winners: 2020 Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards…

Avenor Award for Best Residential Development

Oxley + Stirling (QLD)

Sitting on a bend between two reaches of the Brisbane River, Oxley+Stirling comprises 219 apartments over 15 storeys. The building maximises spectacular outlooks with an architectural form shaped by the views. Oxley+Stirling effortlessly combines beauty, luxury and sustainability, with passive environmental design that embodies the principles of a traditional Queenslander.

“Developer Aria Property Group has redefined residential living in Australia by blending striking architectural features, high-quality finishes, world class rooftop amenities and concierge style onsite management,” says Ken Morrison.

Oxley+Stirling was named 2020 Rider Levett Bucknall Queensland Development of the Year in September.

Growthbuilt Award for Best Affordable Housing Development

Ingenia Lifestyles Chamber Pines (QLD)

Ingenia Communities has developed an innovative land lease ownership model to provide more independent, financially free and flexible home ownership options for downsizers. At Ingenia Lifestyles Chamber Pines, a new home construction design was offered at a compelling entry price point of $229,000 – well below the median house price in the Logan region of $400,000.

“The number of people aged over 65 years will grow to more than 20 per cent of our population by 2050. We need innovative solutions to help people downsize, unlock equity and enjoy their retirement years – and we applaud Ingenia Communities for pioneering this solution,” Mr Morrison says.

 Procore Award for Development Innovation

25 King (QLD)

A striking expanse of timber and glass, 25 King is Queensland’s first engineered timber commercial building and the tallest and largest (by gross floor area) in Australia. Built to demonstrate that mass timber buildings can be achieved at scale, 25 King showcases a safe, sustainable, commercially-viable alternative to reinforced concrete construction. Each storey’s facade was sequentially enclosed following completion of its floorplate, creating a safer worksite and vastly reducing dust and noise impacts to adjacent buildings. Lendlease has delivered a 74 per cent saving on embodied carbon when compared to business as usual.

“25 King’s innovative development model – which included careful design, modular construction and off-site prefabrication – is readily replicable for any industry and workforce,” Mr Morrison says.

NS Group Award for Future Leader of the Year

Daniel Burke, Project Manager, Turner & Townsend

Brisbane-based, Daniel Burke delivers projects that provide better health, education and employment infrastructure for rural and regional communities. Among his significant projects are the Alpha Health and Emergency Services Precinct, the first modular development in Queensland to combine a hospital, fire and police station and staff accommodation. He also managed the Aurukun Primary Health Care Centre refurbishment project and delivered the Palm Island Health Care Centre and Bwgcolman Retail and Business Precinct projects. Passionate about reconciliation, Burke has mentored Indigenous students and played a central role in Turner & Townsend’s Reconciliation Action Plan.

“Daniel is passionate about delivering great places that benefit people, especially in remote and regional communities and demonstrates. His accomplishments underscore the role that our industry plays in shaping cities and integrating communities,” says Mr Morrison.

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