Queensland’s innovative and inspiring projects up for national property awards

From Australia’s largest timber commercial building to Brisbane’s first five-star hotel in two decades, Queensland has 16 projects and two future leaders in the running for prestigious national property awards.

The Queensland finalists are among 128 national finalists announced ahead of the 2020 Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards.

The awards program, now in its 38th year in partnership with RLB, showcases innovative projects, pioneering solutions and inspiring leadership in Australia’s property industry.

“Queensland is competing in 12 categories – a testament to our industry’s commitment to innovative and inspiring projects that create better places,” says Chris Mountford, the Property Council’s Executive Director in Queensland.

The property industry is Australia’s largest, employing 1.4 million people and generating $202 billion, or
13 per cent, of the nation’s GDP.

Lendlease’s 25 King is competing in three categories: Development Innovation, Best Office Development and Best Sustainable Development – New Buildings.

“The first mass engineered timber commercial building in Queensland and the largest of its scale in Australia, 25 King is a showpiece for innovative, sustainable construction,” Mr Mountford explains.

“The building saves 74 per cent embodied carbon when compared to an equivalent concrete building and is an energy and water saver. Importantly, the building has been embraced by tenants, investors and users.”

Stage 1 of Brisbane Quarter at 300 George Street, which includes the W Hotel, is vying for the Pure Projects Award for Best Tourism & Leisure Development.

“Stage 1 of the $1 billion Brisbane Quarter development features Brisbane’s first five-star hotel in 20 years. This is a truly landmark project that will enhance our city and boost its status as an economic and cultural hub on the world stage, RLB’s Managing Director, David Stewart.

Fortitude Valley’s 900 Ann Street is a finalist in the Best Office Development category.

“This commercial building, home to 1,500 professionals, brings together world-first technology, impressive sustainability credentials and cutting-edge workplace design,” Mr Stewart says.

RLB worked on both Brisbane Quarter and 900 Ann Street, Mr Stewart adds.

Stockland’s Senior Retail Development Manager Adam Renai and Turner & Townsend Project Manager Daniel Burke are staring down nine other finalists for the NS Group Award for Future Leader of the Year.

All Queensland development finalists are in the running for the QLD Development of the Year and the industry’s most coveted prize – the Rider Levett Bucknall Australian Development of the Year award.

“RLB has proudly co-hosted these awards since 1982. Over the last 38 years, the awards have become an important platform to recognise and reward the people and companies building great cities and communities,” Mr Stewart concludes.

National award winners will be announced at the 2020 Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards Gala Dinner, to be held at the ICC Sydney Convention Centre on Friday 15 May 2020. Tickets are now on sale.

For a full list of finalists please visit www.propertycouncilawards.com.au

 

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