Aurecon has swept this year’s Consult Australia Awards for Excellence, taking home four awards including Large Firm of the Year, and the Sustainability in Design award for the $1.8 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

The hospital project was delivered by the Queensland government as part of a public private partnership contract with Exemplar Health; a consortium comprising Lendlease, Siemens and Capella Capital, with partners Spotless Facilities Services and Aurecon. Aurecon provided civil, structural and mechanical/electrical/plumbing engineering and environmentally sustainable design services for the project.

Completed in November 2016, it has been awarded a 5 Star Green Star Design rating, and is also pursuing a 5 Star As-Built rating.

“The hospital’s facilities key focus on sustainability will deliver community and economic development for many years to come for the local community,” the judges said.

The company also took home the Corporate Social Responsibility award for their Bridge Building Competition, and the External Stakeholder Engagement award for Sydney’s Wynyard Station Redevelopment.

WSP won the Technological Innovation award for its work as technical advisor to the Sydney Metro City and Southwest project.

The judges commended the firm’s use of digital engineering to produce an innovative robust design Transport for New South Wales’ Sydney Metro City and South West project.

The digital engineering approach combined data management with virtual reality in the early planning stages of the project.

“The objective of adopting digital engineering early in the project was to produce a more coordinated design and by improving the way stakeholders interact,” WSP general manager for rail Mike Jenkins said.

“We saw an unprecedented level of collaboration between the client, contractors and designers during the early design stages of the project.”

He said being able to make better informed decisions would result in a better outcome for end users of the Metro line.

Arup snagged the Design Innovation award for the Anna Meares Velodrome, constructed for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

The velodrome was designed by Cox Architecture, with Arup providing structural engineering, civil engineering, traffic engineering and ESD consultancy services.

The judges said the velodrome featured excellent use of engineering design to provide a “constructible, aesthetic solution for an iconic structure”.

“The lightweight roof form which spans the vast arena not only satisfied the structural requirements, but also produced an interesting and elegant three-dimensional form in itself.”

Arup principal Ian Ainsworth said the engineering design resulted in both time and budget savings for the client, Stadiums Queensland, Office of Commonwealth Games Delivery and Department of State Development.

“The stunning steel roof structure was economically, safely and quickly fabricated and erected in parallel with the construction of the concrete substructure and bowl,” Mr Ainsworth said.

“The innovative approach meant that the roof could be erected from prefabricated transportable sections.”

The Champions of Change Female Leadership award went to GML Heritage chief executive Sharon Veale.

“In an extremely competitive field, Sharon is to be congratulated for winning this award,” the judges said.

“Sharon can be considered a great role model within the industry and a pioneer in her field. She is to be commended for her service to the industry.”

Contributions Ms Veale had made to the industry noted by the judges included her focus on engaging local communities in conserving and managing heritage; award-winning work in innovative placemaking and storytelling in heritage interpretation; and forward-thinking leadership in promoting sustainability in heritage practice.

Ms Veale is a sessional lecturer for heritage planning at the University of NSW, has published three books and regularly contributes to peer-reviewed journals. She is also on the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council and the editorial board of the journal Historic Environment. She was also recently appointed to the board of trustees for Sydney Living Museums.

The Future Leader award went to Arup’s Ben Cooper-Woolley, who is leader of the company’s digital consulting practice in Australasia.

The judges said the award recognises Cooper-Woolley’s continued innovation in digital strategy and integration in the built environment.

They also noted the key roles he plays with external organisations to lift the profile of digital innovation within Sydney and Australia. This included his involvement with the Committee for Sydney, where he serves on their Future Leaders, Planning and Transport taskforces.

“Across his career, Ben has sought to find ways to use disruptive thinking and technology to enhance the way we design, experience and optimise the built environment,” the judges said.

The 2017 Presidents Award Winner was barrister and legal expert Tony Horan.

“Tony has had an extensive career and has provided Consult Australia with great service since 2008 presenting courses for Consult Australia on contracts, construction and insurance law. He has also offered technical advice over that time as required as well,” the judges said.

Mr Horan is a practicing legal expert, senior fellow of the University of Melbourne Law School, a member of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Legal Practice List, and a guest lecturer at Monash University.

Consult Australia chief executive Megan Motto congratulated all the winners.

“Such is the pace of change that what we implement today may be obsolete tomorrow, which is why awards are important,” Ms Motto said.

“They are partly about celebrating the here-and-now but they are also about encouraging those leading us towards tomorrow to keep excelling as we will all benefit.”