Brookfield Place, Perth

23 July 2013 — Brookfield Place in Perth has been declared Development of the Year by the Urban Taskforce Australia.

The building, occupied by BHP Billiton and developed by Brookfield, has 86,000 square metres fully let and achieves a 5 Star Green Office Design v2 rating. It has been designed to target a 4.5 star NABERS rating, and has incorporated many sustainability features including:

  • A greywater system designed to recycle up to 10,000 litres of water a day.
  • Waterless urinals
  • Rainwater harvesting system
  • A double-glazed facade
  • T4 light fixtures and LED lighting
  • Zoned lighting with motion sensors throughout
  • End of trip facilities including 550 bike spaces
  • Carbon dioxide monitoring facilities designed to maximise indoor environment quality
  • Variable speed drives on all mechanical pumps and air handling units

“Our jury chaired by NSW Government Architect Peter Poulet assessed a range of projects from around Australia and unanimously declared Brookfield Place as the outright winner of the 2013 Urban Taskforce Development of the Year,” said Urban Taskforce chief executive Chris Johnson.

Peter Poulet said that Brookfield Place worked at multiple levels.

“It is an elegant addition to Perth’s skyline,” he said. “It has restored heritage buildings at street level and created a series of bustling urban spaces. It innovates in providing flexible working spaces for high quality tenants.”

Lend Lease’s Forté

The Innovative Development Award went to Lend Lease’s Forté in Melbourne, the world’s tallest timber apartment building.

“Lend Lease have taken a very innovative approach to the construction of a 10-storey apartment building using Cross Laminated Timber construction to be leading the world in this application,” said Mr Poulet. “The use of timber has excellent sustainability qualities and reduced construction time considerably as the laminated timber panels are made in a factory and assembled on site. To manage commercial risk sales only occurred when the building was completed and it is now fully occupied.”

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1 Bligh Street’s central atrium

The Sustainable Development award went to DEXUS for 1 Bligh Street in Sydney.

The building was designed to achieve a 6 Star Green Star rating and a five star NABERS rating, incorporating a number of innovative environmental strategies, including:

  • A naturally ventilated glass atrium
  • A double-skin energy efficient glass facade
  • Chilled beam air conditioning
  • A trigeneration system
  • Blackwater recycling
  • Recycled rainwater

“This year’s Development Excellence Awards demonstrates that the development industry is doing its bit to lift Australia’s prosperity,” said Mr Johnson. “Across the country developers are producing buildings for people to live in, work in or shop in at a high level of quality.”

Other winners were:

  • Residential Development – Meriton for Soleil, Brisbane
  • Commercial Development – Leighton Properties and Grosvenor Australia for Eclipse Tower, Parramatta
  • Retail Development – Goodman for Masters Home Improvement, Chullora
  • Industrial Development – Holdmark Property Group for Knorr Bremse Headquarters, Granville
  • Retirement Living – Kresner Group for Advantage Care at Barden Lodge, Sutherland
  • Mixed Use Development – Fabcot Pty Ltd for Woolworths, Highett
  • Adaptive Re Use – Abacus Group and Linear Property Group for Powerhouse Apartments Rosebery
  • Medium Density – IPM Pty Ltd for The Masters Residences, Bayview