Adelaide’s world-first vertical village wins national property prize

The world-first ‘U City’ tower in the Adelaide CBD has taken top honours at Australia’s most prestigious property awards.

Designed by Woods Bagot for Uniting Communities, U City won the ‘InfraBuild Award for Best Mixed Use Development’ at the Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards in Sydney this evening.

Completed in 2019, the 20-storey vertical village brings together retirement living, specialist short and long stay disability apartments, function centre, commercial, retail and hospitality outlets, and social services suites. It is recognised as one of Australia’s ‘greenest’ buildings and has achieved 6-Star Green Star Design and As Built Ratings.

Property Council of Australia Chief Executive, Ken Morrison, said this was a particularly important year for the Awards to recognise the people, projects and pioneering innovation in Australian property development.

“After an incredibly challenging year, it has been an absolute pleasure to come together to celebrate the outstanding achievements in our industry,” Mr Morrison said.

“U City’s pioneering vision for integrated and inclusive community infrastructure has been exceptionally executed and will no doubt inspire the way community services are accommodated around the world.”

Property Council of Australia SA Executive Director, Daniel Gannon, said the inclusive, mixed-use vertical village brings together residential, social, commercial and community services to the heart of the city.

“U City is a showpiece for how our industry is advancing inclusivity and diversity through pioneering design and innovation,” Mr Gannon said. “It tells a compelling story about the way communities can, and should, be created with accessibility and sustainability at the forefront, and with facilities allowing people of all ages and abilities to flourish.”

RLB has partnered with the Property Council to present the awards program for the past 39 years.

RLB Managing Director, John Drillis, commended the vision of Uniting Communities and Woods Bagot in creating the world-first vertical village.

“This development showcases tremendous design innovation and inclusivity to deliver purpose-built community infrastructure for today, and the future,” Mr Drillis said. “It encapsulates what we can achieve as an industry – as a community – when we celebrate diversity and design with inclusivity.”

Uniting Communities is a not-for-profit organisation working alongside more than 80,000 South Australians each year as they strive for bright futures and great lives.

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2021 Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall
Innovation and Excellence Awards

National Awards Winners


Category

State

Entry/Name of Development

Company

Rider Levett Bucknall Australian Development of the Year

VIC

Burwood Brickworks Shopping Centre

Frasers Property Australia

Landcom Award for Best Sustainable Development - New Buildings

VIC

Burwood Brickworks Shopping Centre

Frasers Property Australia

Hames Sharley Award for Best Shopping Centre Development

VIC

Burwood Brickworks Shopping Centre

Frasers Property Australia

Procore Award for Development Innovation

ACT

Australian Embassy Development

Global Project Solutions Pty Ltd

Woods Bagot Award for Best Public Building

VIC

State Library Victoria Vision 2020 Redevelopment

Built

S4B Award for Best Heritage Development

VIC

State Library Victoria

Development Victoria

Colliers Award for Best Office Development

NSW

Sixty Martin Place

Investa Office Development

Shape Award for Best Tourism & Leisure Development

NSW

CommBank Stadium

Venues NSW

GHDWoodhead Award for Best Workplace Project

NSW

Axle, South Eveleigh

Mirvac

Suburban Land Agency Award for Best Affordable Housing Development

NSW

Pacific Gateway, Glendale NSW

Pacific Link Housing Limited

InfraBuild Award for Best Mixed Use Development

SA

U City

Woods Bagot

LJ Hooker Commercial Award for Best Business or Industrial Park

NSW

Sydney Business Park

Sydney Business Park

RCP Award for Government Leadership

QLD

COHORT

Economic Development Queensland (Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning)

EPM Projects Award for Best Master Planned Community

NSW

Fairwater

Frasers Property Australia

PEXA Award for Project Innovation

NSW

BindiMaps

Stockland

KONE Award for Best Sustainable Development - Existing Buildings

ACT

Greenway Views

FDC Construction & Fitout (ACT) Pty Ltd

Parkview Award for Best Residential Development

VIC

Lt. Miller & Nightingale Brunswick East

ClarkeHopkinsClarke

Bridge 42 Award for Future Leader of the Year

QLD

Lisa Hinde

GBCA

Rork Projects Award for Diversity < 250 Employees

NSW

Roberts Co

Roberts Co

FDC Award for Diversity > 250 Employees

VIC

GJK Facility Services & GJK Indigenous Solutions

GJK Facility Services & GJK Indigenous Solutions



 

For more information visit www.propertycouncilawards.com.au