Development Excellence Awards

Award Winners 2014


Award Winners 2014: Development of The Year - One Central Park, Sydney

Date :
Wednesday 30 July 2014
Venue : Four Seasons, George Street, Sydney

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The Annual Dinner and Development Excellence Awards were held on Wednesday 30 July 2014 at the Four Seasons, Sydney. The awards night was graced by VIP guest the Governor of NSW, Her Excellency Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO.


The Development of the Year 2014 winner is One Central Park, Sydney by Frasers Property and Sekisui House.


The Urban Taskforces awards acknowledge development projects that achieve the best outcomes in terms of client requirements, environment, business and community considerations; as well as time, cost and quality. These awards recognise the crucial role of the developer in making a new development an outstanding success.


The 2014 winners are set out below.


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Comedian & MC
  Governor 2
Her Excellency Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO
Governor of NSW 
  Noel Hemmings
Noel Hemmings QC 
Chairman, Urban Taskforce Australia

Development of the Year Development Excellence Awards 2014


Frasers Property and Sekisui House


‘One Central Park’ is the first stage of Central Park, a $2 billion mixed-use urban village on Sydney’s Broadway, by developer Frasers Property and Sekisui House. One Central Park is the landmark first mixed use residential and retail stage of the Central Park precinct. The first stage completed in January 2014, comprises two iconic, richly painted residential towers rising above a retail centre, intimately connected by terraced gardens to the main park beyond. Designed by award-winning Parisian architect Jean Nouvel with local collaborator PTW Architects.


One Central Park features the worlds’ tallest vertical gardens by artist and botanist Patrick Blanc. A lighting artwork by Yann Kersale is housed within a heliostat affixed to a monumental cantilever extending 80m from the taller tower, delivering the towers distinctive and defining profile. One Central Park achieved a 5 Star Green Star rating for design under both the Multi Unit Residential tool and Retail Centre v1 GBCA rating systems. In essence, Once Central park is the literal green visual embodiment of the social and environmental work, live and play principles laid down for the entire Central Park master plan. One Central Park has been an aesthetic triumph and a commercial success for developers Frasers Property and Sekisui House.


One Central Park

One Central Park

Mick Gaddy(right) of Frasers Property, accepting the award from Her Excellency, Governor of NSW & Justin Wang (left) of Property Investors Alliance.


Winner: Development Excellence Award for High Density Residential Development 2014




‘Infinity’ by Meriton soars 81 storeys high, comprising 547 residential and serviced apartments made to state-of-the-art specifications. As Brisbane’s tallest residential tower, located in the heart of the city at trendy North Quay, Infinity sets the benchmark for world-class, slimline design with strong commercial, cultural and community credentials.

Infinity is currently Brisbane’s tallest residential tower. Its height and position give it presence, and former DBI director Stuart Shakespeare further invested the design with finish, form and interest, playing around with sculptural effect and recognition. The building consists of 547 residential and serviced apartments. Infinity is situated in the heart of the Brisbane CBDs North Quay precinct with views of Mount Cootha, the Brisbane River and Moreton Bay. Well located among shopping centres, public transport and restaurants, the landmark development is a short walk over the Kurilpa footbridge to galleries, theatres and cafes. It is adjacent to Brisbane’s popular Roma Street transit hub and parklands, with Queen Street Mall, boutique shopping, restaurants and entertainment venues a stone’s throw away and an underground rail and bus link planned for 2015. The trendy neighbourhoods of West End, Kangaroo Point, Fortitude Valley, New Farm and South Bank are all within walking distance. Other nearby points of interest include local hospitals, ferries, the Victoria Park Golf Complex, Suncorp Stadium and the Brisbane Cricket Ground.



Infinity Brisbane

Infinity Brisbane

Peter Spira (left) of Meriton, accepting the award from Her Excellency, Governor of NSW.

Winner: Development Excellence Award for Medium Density Residential Development 2014




Ceerose as both developer and builder have transformed a tiny 280sqm infill site into one of Sydney’s most remarkable and meticulously crafted residential projects, the Eliza apartments. Eliza is a luxurious residential flat building located at Nos. 141-143 Elizabeth Street, on Sydney’s Hyde Park. It comprises 10 x 2 bedroom apartments, 8 whole floor apartments and a stunning 3 storey penthouse, with 4 bedrooms and multiple indoor and outdoor living areas.

Eliza was conceived to be an elegant and exciting apartment building to compliment its prestigious CBD location. They actively sought out an architect with vision to ensure the building was an appropriate contextual fit, respecting the history and grandeur of the sites setting, whiles promoting an unmistakably contemporary and luxurious outcome, demonstrating excellence in every facet of its design and construction. The design uses traditional, elegant, contextual materials such as sandstone, glass and steel, in the contemporary and ambitious format, making use of digital technology or liquid architecture to mold the facade, enabling not only the building itself, but for each level of the building, to be unique and distinctive. They believe they have successfully combine classic 20th century style and form with design quality principles espoused by SEPP 65, through application of parametric design tools and use of master craftsmen, created an iconic CBD landmark.



Eliza Sydney

Eliza Sydney

Edward Doueihi (left) of Ceerose, accepting the award from Her Excellency, Governor of NSW.

Winner: Development Excellence Award for Commercial Development 2014




Liberty Place, an amalgamation of five separate sites is situated over two street frontages, connected by a plaza and comprises of ANZ Tower, a 42-storey commercial tower. Legion House, A heritage listed building from 1902, refurbished and extended to become a five-storey office and retail building, 167 Castlereagh Street, a three-storey office and retail building.


Liberty Place is a commercial office and retail development that was conceived in the midst of the global financial crisis. The completed project signifies leadership not only form an economic perspective but also in locational attitudes. The departure of 2 major institutions form the ‘golden triangle’, historically renowned as Sydney’s premium commercial address is a great signifier of the changing attitudes towards the future development and prosperity of Sydney’s CBD. The development is the product of an architectural vision driven towards positive outcomes for the community through the public domain interface including a strong emphasis on creating new public spaces, an interesting urban form, public art and community awareness through the accommodation on a rent free basis of the St James Ethics Centre within the development.





Liberty Place Sydney

Liberty Place

Dan Mclennan (left) of Grocon, accepting the award from Her Excellency, Governor of NSW & Joe Rizk (right) of Arab Bank.

Winner: Development Excellence Award for Retail Development 2014


Fabcot Pty Ltd/ Woolworths


The Balgowlah Woolworths Supermarket is located at the convenient and prominent corner of Hayes Street and Rosebery Street, in the Northern Beaches suburb of Balgowlah. The development incorporates, a full line Woolworths Supermarket and local cafe, at grade and basement parking for 210 retail customer vehicles, rooftop car parking with 105 commuter/public car spaces.


Prior to this development, the industrial zoned site was underutilised though conveniently located in the centre of an emerging retail precinct. Throughout the lengthy rezoning and planning process the project was managed with a clear vision. This resulted in a supermarket centre which was established to fit harmoniously into the surrounding context whilst maximising public and commercial benefits. Balgowlah Woolworths has exceeded the expectations of the developers and also the team of consultants and builders that pulled the vision together. The development has reinvigorated the local area and community by increasing the retail offer and convenience and is proving a popular meeting place and community base. It lives up to the original philosophies envisaged by the developer, planners and architects, and creates a civic-minded centre that enjoys a superior level of connectivity to a vast range of amenities and a host of lifestyle options.




Woolworths Balgowlah

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Ralph Kemmler (left) of Woolworths, accepting the award from Her Excellency, Governor of NSW.

Winner: Development Excellence Award for Industrial Development 2014


Jacfin Pty Ltd


The first 5 Star Green Star Industrial Development in NSW, this cutting edge facility has raised the benchmark for industrial development.  Started in October 2012 it was completed 13 weeks ahead of schedule and within budget in only ten months.  Ricoh Australia committed at the very start of the design process to a ten year lease.  The development has brought 624 jobs to the region during the construction process and on going operations.  Ricoh Australia committed at the vert start of the design process to a ten year lease.  The development has brought 624 jobs to the region during the construction process and ongoing operations. By undertaking and achieving the Five Star Green Star rating, Jacfin has exposed many local sub-contractors to best practice sustainability processes.  


This is invaluable experience for local businesses and should inspire the NSW construction industry to implement similar measures on other industrial projects.  A new cafe and exercise facility are currently in planning to improve the working environment further for staff and to create a sustainable campus style development.

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Ray Waterhouse (left) of Jacfin Ricoh Development, accepting the award from Her Excellency, Governor of NSW.

 Winner: Development Excellence Award for Mixed Uses Development 2014


Leighton Properties & Devine Ltd


Hamilton Harbour is a dynamic mixed use riverfront development located just six kilometres from the Brisbane CBD offering 660 apartments with spectacular river and skyline views, 7000m2 of office space and 4,000m2 of retail.


The Hamilton Harbour development has transformed a dilapidated waterfront industrial area into a cutting edge, riverfront, mixed use precinct which provides its workers and residents a highly desirable place to work, live and play. Comprising 660 apartments boasting Spectacular River and skyline views, 7,000 square metres of office space and some 4,000 square metres of retail space, the precinct boasts a location just six kilometres to the CBD on one of Brisbane’s key arterial routes into the city. The development was delivered through a joint venture partnership between Leighton Properties and Devine, with the master planned delivering a thriving community of workers, residents, shoppers and diners which have integrated into the exiting Hamilton community. The commercial and retail offering is a dynamic and high amenity environment, which is anchored by Woolworths new format concept store and is supported by a number of boutique retail and restaurant tenancies whilst also offering a 24/7 gymnasium.


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Hamilton Harbour

Representative of Leighton Properties (left) accepting the award from Her Excellency, Governor of NSW.


 Winner: Development Excellence Award for Adaptive Re Use Development 2014


Barana Group Pty Ltd


The redevelopment of an existing 16 storey commercial and hotel building at 200-220 Pacific Highway, Crows Nest.  The development comprises 3 buildings between 5 and 17 storeys with 210 apartments.  The development was fully sold-out prior to the final completion of the project.   The resurgence of interest in inner city apartment living, particularly in areas such as Crows Nest being in close proximity to shops, restaurants and public transport, made this project a viable development for the Barana Group.  


The project involved the redevelopment and conversion of the existing 16 –storey ‘Armada’ Hotel and commercial tower and two other lower-rise buildings on the site into residential apartments with a retail component as street level.  The market acceptance of the apartments was overwhelming with more than 50% of units sold prior to construction commencement.  The remainder of the apartments were sold-out prior to final completion of the construction works.  The impressive views from Panorama are a feature of the development, but more than that they are ‘secured’ views.



Panorama Barana Group


Greg Shand (left) of Barana Group, accepting the award from Her Excellency, Governor of NSW.


 Winner: Development Excellence Award for Innovative Development 2014




8 Chifley Square is a building of iconic architecture, innovative planning and design, sustainable construction and operation and a workplace that pioneers new ways of working and delivering organisational change to those companies who occupy the building.


With construction commencing without a major tenant on board, the project is a testament to Mirvac’s integrated delivery model, showing business agility and problem solving at its best. The success of the building is measured in financial performance, high level of sustainability reached and end user satisfaction. 8 Chifley stands as a flagship office projects for Mirvac and sets the benchmark for future CBD developments. Mirvac set the bar high designing to achieve a 6 star Green Star rating and 5 Star NABERS rating, along with a premium grade status under DLA guidelines.

Situated at the core of Sydney’s CBD the 145 metre, 34 level premium tower is one of the most unique buildings in the Sydney CBD. 8 Chifley comprises seven unique vertical villages ranging in size from 1,800 to 2,800 square metres, single floors are interspersed between each high-rise village to allow for flexibility and growth. Each of the 23 office floors has a ceiling height of 2.7m and includes a shower and accessible bathroom. The basement of the building contains 32 parking spaces, 129 tenant secured bike spaces, change rooms, showers and 28 visitor bike spaces.



8 Chifley Sydney

8 Chifley

Simon Healy (left) of Mirvac, accepting the award from Her Excellency, Governor of NSW & Tim Blythe (middle) of Urbis.


 Winner: Development Excellence Award for Sustainability Development 2014


Charter Hall & CBUS Property 


Developed by Charter Hall and Cbus Property, 171 Collins Street is Melbourne’s new benchmark for business. Its stylish design, historical elegance and outstanding facilities deliver a new measure of success on Collins Street. The building is Victoria’s first Premium Grade 6 star Green Star office building in over 20 years.

Developed directly out of the richness of its inner city location and opened in June 2013, the crystalline tower of 171 Collins Street, long awaited provides an iconic focal point to Melbourne’s city skyline. Designed with architectural excellence, it features an impressive nine storey internal glass atrium, woven crystalline facade, premium finishes and facilities, efficient side core floorplates and the latest in facade technology and environmental design. The building sets a new benchmark for business accommodation in Melbourne. It provides a much needed premium office tower, servicing the current age of tenants who are seeking uncompromising levels of finish and service, in an outstanding location. Never ignoring the history of the site and its surrounds, every details has been carefully thought through, crafted and resolved to create a contemporary partner for the Mayfair Building and the Flinders Lane urban context. A site which once was home to a mix of 1960’s built buildings that were in various stages of disrepair, now comprises an iconic office building.



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171 Collins Street

Ben White (left) of Cbus Property and Chris Chapple (right) of Chater Hall, accepting the award from Her Excellency, Governor of NSW.


 Winner: Highly Commended Medium Density Development 2014


Helm Pty Ltd


ESQUE provides 29 high quality apartments, with 18 different apartment designs over four levels, with a double level basement containing oversized parking for 54 cars and extensive additional storage. The project was sold out prior to completion. The large majority of Purchasers were Owner Occupiers who lived within a 2km radius of the site.

Esque is an architecturally outstanding medium density building designed for people who require highly specified finishes and fixtures with a focus on privacy, exclusivity and quality, while a the same time successfully transitioning between a commercial zone to the west of the site and heritage homes to the east. Rather than the project turning its back on Lindsay Lane, the south facing apartments have been sensitively designed to embrace the laneway, invigorating the pedestrian thoroughfare and providing visual interest, character and importantly activation. As a consequence passive surveillance and security have been greatly improved. Solar amenity and cross flow ventilation have been achieved through the design and inclusion of an atrium, which incorporates a vibrant 12 metre high living ‘Green Wall’ that is automatically irrigated from a 75,000 litre Rainwater Harvesting Tank. Sequa has been developed and constructed to exacting standards by HELM. The project is of extremely high quality. Materials and fittings have been chosen for their beauty, longevity and proven durability with a focus on minimising recurrent costs.





Mark Monk of Helm Pty Ltd (left) accepting the award from Her Excellency, Governor of NSW.



Winner: Highly Commended Innovation Development 2014


Australian Turf Club


Royal Randwick Grandstand - More like a five star hotel than a grandstand the $168 million, 35,000m2 building has a capacity of more than 14000 and houses over 80% of its occupants in airconditioned comfort and with the latest audio-visual technology.  The five level structure includes ground floor betting auditorium, internal tiered dining catering for over 1300 diners, 1000 capacity ballroom, 24 corporate suites, Owners Pavilion, 11 bars, 11 commercial grade kitchens and Sydney’s newest elite membership.


The first grandstand to be fully flexible for race day and no-race day events, it sets a new benchmark for design and flexibility.  Benchmarked to achieve an annual 10% return on cost through utilisation 35 days a year rather than just a “dumb” grandstand utilised 35 days a year.  Five star hotel type fit-out in the majority of usable areas.  Theatre of the Horse and Owners pavilion a first for Australian racing.  High quality internal and external architectural design, Equivalent of a four star green star rating.  Utilised the existing QR11 grandstand structure with no impact on quality viewing and functional spaces.  Provided a cost saving (identified through the tender phase) of between $6-$20 million.  Sets new standards for technology in a grandstand and has the largest centrally controlled LED panel system in Australia.


Royal Granstand

Australian Turf Club

Mark Flanagan (left) of Australian Turf Club, accepting the award from Her Excellency, Governor of NSW.


Judging Panel:


Chair- Mr Peter Poulet
NSW Government Architect,
Chair of the Judging Committee

Mr John Ferrarin

WT Partnership
  Carolyn Cummins
Commercial Property Editor
Sydney Morning Herald
  Mr David Tanevski
Managing Director
KWC Capital Group
  Mr John Wynne
Urbis Pty Ltd



  These projects represent the pinnacle of achievement for the property industry in Australia.
For more information about the awards contact Urban Taskforce on (02) 9238 3955