Burwood Brickworks Shopping Centre wins Australia’s top property prize

Australia’s top property honour has been awarded to the world’s most sustainable shopping centre, Burwood Brickworks, named the Rider Levett Bucknall Australian Development of the Year 2021.

The pioneering development by Frasers Property Australia also took out the ‘Landcom Award for Best Sustainable Development - New Buildings’ and ‘Hames Sharley Award for Best Shopping Centre Development at the Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards in Sydney this evening.

Property Council of Australia Chief Executive, Ken Morrison, said the extraordinary sustainability of this development has set a new global standard.

“The world-leading design and development approach to achieve self-sufficiency and regenerative benefits is truly worthy of our top honour,” Mr Morrison said.

“To have a building open to the whole community that produces more energy than it consumes, captures and re-uses all its water needs, and has a net positive waste impact has redefined sustainability in retail.”

Designed by NH Architecture and delivered by Hacer Group, Burwood Brickworks Shopping Centre was completed in December 2019. The centre, which is self-sufficient and has Australia’s first shopping centre rooftop urban farm, was also named Victoria State Development of the Year in July.

“This is a visionary development with an ambitious goal to operate as a Living Building Challenge® certified retail centre incorporating natural power, organic waste re-purposing, on-site water treatment, and agriculture,” Mr Morrison said.

“The meticulous planning, education and oversight required for the project, including unprecedented collaboration with tenants willing to alter operations, fitouts and supply chains to meet such stringent sustainability criteria is a feat well worth recognising.”

Property Council of Australia Victoria Executive Director, Danni Hunter, said the simple efficiency of the development was underpinned by a world-leading design and development approach that delivers extraordinary sustainability and regenerative benefits, alongside commercial and operational performance.

“Burwood Brickworks is a development without precedent. It is sustainable in design and in operation, which has required extraordinary collaboration and collective will between Frasers Property Australia and the centre’s tenants,” Ms Hunter said.

“It’s a project truly worthy of this honour and we are incredibly proud that this kind of pioneering development is happening in our industry here in Victoria.”

RLB has partnered with the Property Council to present the awards program for 39 years. This year, 120 finalists competed across 19 award categories.

RLB Managing Director Tony Moleta congratulated Frasers Property Australia for showcasing visionary, adaptive design, long-term sustainable outcomes, and inclusive planning at Burwood Bricks.

“The calibre of this development is unparalleled and a testament to the enduring value that sustainable, forward-thinking design brings to our communities,” Tony said. 

Frasers Property Australia also took out the ‘EPM Projects Award for Best Master Planned Community’ for its Fairwater development in New South Wales, which achieved the state’s first 6 Star Green Star – Communities rating and is one of Australia’s most progressive environmentally friendly master planned communities.

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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