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Woods Bagot Award for Best Public Building

This award recognises excellence in a new or refurbished public building.

A public building is a building used for public visitation or occupied for the delivery of services to the community (whether or not it is owned by government) such as (but not limited to) healthcare, education, community facilities, sporting facilities, public infrastructure, art gallery or museum.

Eligible entrants will be projects, developments or refurbishments that have been completed by 31 December 2022 (completed in the past 5 years) and 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

Design & Built Environment - WA

Nominated by Curtin University

Owned by Curtin University

Curtin University’s stunning mixed-use Design and Built Environment’s design fosters co-creation and happy socialising by offering diverse, generous spaces that are beautifully warmed by local blackbutt timber, natural light, WA artwork, and inviting ground-plane furnishings so visitors and students feel they are welcome to enjoy this wonderful public building.

National Herbarium of NSW - NSW

Nominated by RP Infrastructure

Owned by Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust

The new National Herbarium of NSW provides a world class facility for the safe storage of over 1.4 million botanical specimens and for the ongoing work of Australia’s oldest scientific institution, the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, in the preservation of plant diversity for the benefit of future generations.

Snow Concert Hall - ACT

Nominated by Canberra Airport

Owned by Canberra Grammar School

The Snow Concert Hall is a world-class music facility at Canberra Grammar School, which opened in 2022 thanks to a visionary $20 million donation by Terry Snow. It boasts a state-of-the-art, acoustically-tuned auditorium, connecting learning spaces and a library, and integrating cutting-edge design and sustainability, to inspire generations to come.

TAFE NSW Meadowbank Multi Trades Hub and Institute of Applied Technology Digital - NSW

Nominated by TAFE NSW

Owned by TAFE NSW

The vision to revolutionise trades skills delivery originated from a culture of innovation within TAFE NSW. Fuelled by a determination to enhance vocational training, this ambitious initiative aimed to elevate TAFE NSW to a pinnacle of educational excellence, establishing a new benchmark for vocational training on a global scale.

Victorian Heart Hospital - VIC

Nominated by John Holland

Owned by Operated by Monash Health

The Victorian Heart Hospital is Australia’s first state-of-the-art specialist cardiac hospital, providing innovative, holistic, patient-centred care, world-leading research and education. Incorporating integrated heart-themed design elements, including cardio-rhythm profiled façade screens and a large ‘gravitational heart’ central courtyard, it can deliver 2,150 cardiac surgery operations and 13,500 cardiac laboratory procedures annually.

Wulanda Recreation & Convention Centre - SA

Nominated by DesignInc Adelaide, Turner & Townsend

Owned by City of Mount Gambier Council

Wulanda Recreation and Convention Centre in Mount Gambier is a state-of-the-art facility offering a range of sporting, aquatic and conference amenities. This indoor facility can host various events, performances, and major sporting competitions, offering significant social and economic benefits to the Mount Gambier community and the Limestone Coast region.

Wurriki Nyal - VIC

Nominated by Quintessential

Owned by City of Greater Geelong

Wurriki Nyal’ for the City of Greater Geelong (CoGG) provides a purpose-built Council Hub and new Civic Space with state-ofthe-art environmental features, supporting community well-being, growth, and sustainable development for this designated UNESCO City of Design.

2023 Winner

Australian Museum Project Discover Stage 1 (NSW)

Project Discover Stage 1 is the largest renovation ever undertaken at Australia’s first museum, transforming it into a vibrant civic space and adding more than 3000sqm of public space. The complex adaptive reuse project delivered a ‘blockbuster’ touring exhibition hall, enhanced patron facilities, as well as member and education spaces.

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