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GHD Design Award for Best Sustainable Development

This award recognises and rewards innovation and encourages the demonstrated application of sustainability practices that reduce a project or existing building’s eco footprint.

Eligible entrants will be developments which are less than 5 years old or refurbishments that have been occupied for less than three years, have been completed by 31 December 2022, have been operating for at least one year as at 31 December 2023 and have not previously won the award.

The award is open to members of the Property Council of Australia only. The nominator or owner of the entry must be the member.

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2024 Finalists

38 Albermarle Street - VIC

Nominated by Assemble

Owned by Assemble

38 Albermarle Street, Kensington is Assemble’s pilot purchase pathway project, providing residents opportunity to live sustainable homes while they save to buy them. Residents living in 73 high-quality, 100% electric, passively designed homes can access affordable opt-in embedded renewable energy network while on their journey to home ownership.

6&8 Parramatta Square - NSW

Nominated by Walker Corporation

Owned by Walker Corporation

6&8 Parramatta Square is the largest office tower in Australia by net lettable area, delivered to achieve excellence in sustainability despite its scale. It has achieved a 6-Star Green Star Design and As-Built rating, a 5 Star NABERS Indoor Environment rating, and aims to achieve a WELL Core Bronze rating.

ANMF House - VIC

Nominated by Multiplex Constructions

Owned by Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF)

The ANMF development is an eight-storey hotel sitting proudly opposite the Queen Victoria Market. The ANMF has been built to achieve an outstanding sustainable performance goal — utilising Cross Laminated Timber for the structure in the upper floors to achieve Passive House certification.

Design & Built Environment - WA

Nominated by Curtin University

Owned by Curtin University

Curtin University’s sustainability credentials are celebrated with the new Design and the Built Environment building. It is a thoughtful and beautiful living laboratory that educates future architects and design professionals by showcasing the best of sustainable infrastructure through innovation, services-on-display, and an adaptable, future-proofed design.

Fairwater - NSW

Nominated by Frasers Property Australia

Owned by Frasers Property Australia

Fairwater, Frasers Property Australia’s 38 ha residential development in Blacktown, is NSW’s first 6 star Green Star Communities rating, representing World Leadership. Only a handful of projects have achieved this result nationally. With approximately 801 dwellings, Fairwater is one of Australia’s most progressive and environmentally friendly master planned communities.

Ferrars & York - VIC

Nominated by HIP V. HYPE

Owned by HIP V. HYPE

Carbon neutral in construction and operation, Ferrars & York comprises 22 carbon neutral apartments with an average energy rating of 8.6-stars. Powered by 100% GreenPower, it presents best practice in climate resilient design and construction with consistent air temperatures, better acoustic performance, lower energy bills and a lower carbon footprint.

Industry Lanes - VIC

Nominated by Salta

Owned by Salta

Industry Lanes is a highly innovative office, retail and education precinct in Richmond achieving 5-Star Green Star, Design & As-Built v1.2, 1-star Fitwel and a Multi-Tenant Base Building v2.0 certification; a first for a mixed-use development in Melbourne. Smart design, energy efficiency and flexible services deliver a future-focused sustainable precinct.

Quay Quarter Tower - NSW

Nominated by Dexus - Quay Quarter Tower

Owned by Dexus Wholesale Property Fund, Mirvac Wholesale Office Fund & Rest Superannuation

Quay Quarter Tower is a world-first vertical village that redefines the future of work. QQT is recognised as the global leader in sustainable development, rather than demolish and rebuild the 50 Bridge Street skyscraper, the 1976 building was upcycled and expanded to create the a new state-of-the-art tower.

Suburban Land Agency Innovation Precinct - ACT

Nominated by Suburban Land Agency

Owned by Suburban Land Agency

The ACT Government’s Suburban Land Agency Innovation Precinct is a sustainable development and community hub in the greenfield suburb of Whitlam. This all-electric development showcases the latest in sustainability, accessability, low carbon and multi-generational living. It highlights the benefits of climate-wise landscaping and people first placemaking.

Surgical, Treatment and Rehabilitation Service (STARS), Herston Quarter - QLD

Nominated by Australian Unity

Owned by Australian Unity

Surgical, Treatment and Rehabilitation Service (STARS) is the first hospital in Australia to receive a 5-Star Green Star rating, creating a new, sustainable model for healthcare assets. STARS is a 182-bed facility in Brisbane, owned by Australian Unity, providing rehabilitation, elective surgery, and endoscopy services delivered by Metro North Health.

2023 Winner

Midtown Centre (QLD)

Midtown Centre sets a new benchmark in commercial development across architecture, sustainability, innovative design, and construction through merging of two adjoining buildings nearing the end of their economic lives in the Brisbane CBD. An exemplar project of how to repurpose existing underutilised assets into an innovative, relevant and contemporary workplace.

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