13 November 2012 — Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital has won this year’s Building Products News’ Sustainability Awards. Billard Leece Partnership and Bates Smart Architects won the “Best of the Best” award for the new hospital in Parkville. The judges praised the holistic and thoughtful approach the architects took in addressing the high degree of difficulty and complexity in the New Royal Children’s Hospital design. “The implications of the design success at the New Royal Children’s Hospital are major, because, if this level of sustainability can be achieved in such a large and complex healthcare design project, then the rest that follow will have no excuse for failure,” the judges commented. In its sixth year, the Sustainability Awards this year fielded a record number of entrants with the building projects, products and innovations coming from across Australia.

Other winners were:

  • Large Commercial – Darling Quarter submitted by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (fjmt)
  • Public Building & Urban Design – The New Royal Children’s Hospital, Parkville submitted by Billard Leece Partnership and Bates Smart Architects (BLBS)
  • Innovation of the Year – TankPro
  • Multi-density Residential – 58 Stevens Street submitted by Officer Woods Architects
  • Office Fitout- GPT Building submitted by Woods Bagot
  • Landscape Design – Clifton Hill Rail Project submitted by Jeavons Landscape Architects
  • Single Dwelling (New) – Marion House by Positive Footprints
  • Single Dwelling (Alterations and Extensions) House Reduction submitted by MAKE architecture
  • Small Commercial – The National Hotel by Breathe Architecture