SW1, Brisbane

22 June 2011 – Cox Rayner A fully integrated mixed use development near the Brisbane CBD has taken the top award for urban design in Australia.

The $300 million SW1 South Bank Urban Village developed by South Bank Corporation and Cox Rayner Architects were last night awarded the 2011 Australia Award for Urban Design by the Planning Institute of Australia at last night’s opening dinner to the Built Environment Meets Parliament summit in Canberra.

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The country’s leading urban design award recognised how derelict land can be transformed into attractive habitable spaces, the judges said.

PIA National President Dyan Currie said SW1 represented a complex urban renewal challenge and was achieved through the cooperation of a number of professional organisations.

“This is an outstanding example of urban design and good planning. SW1 links South Bank to West End and has a real sense of community. People are well connected to transport, shops restaurants, commercial and residential precincts,” Ms Currie said.

The project, now majority owned by Growthpoint Properties, also involved input from Gamble McKinnon Green, Allen Jack & Cottier, Bureau Roberts, Hayson Architects and JMA Architects.

This year 46 projects vied for honours.

Special commendations were awarded to:

  • Brisbane City Council for its ‘Urban Renewal Brisbane – 20 Years’ project, an urban design plan which provides a long term vision for the whole of the city’s central region.
  • The City of Canada Bay Council for “Renewing Rhodes” – a project that transforms industrial wasteland
  • The City of Sydney for its “City of Sydney Submission to the Barangaroo Concept Plan (Mod 4)” which involved the city engaging with the community to achieve the urban design outcome.

PIA said the Australia Award for Urban Design was first proposed by the Urban Design Task Force under former Prime Minister Paul Keating and first presented in 1996 to acknowledge the “critical role good urban design plays in the social, economic and environmental development of our cities and towns.”

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