5 Murray Rose

19 May 2014 — Two Sydney developments have won sustainability gongs in the Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards held on Saturday.

GPT’s 5 Murray Rose at Sydney Olympic Park took out the WSP Award for Best Sustainable Development – New Buildings.

The Property Council said the building, part of GPT’s $200 million Murray Rose Business Park development, demonstrated how an integrated environmental strategy could deliver dividends.

The building has 6 Star Green Star Office Design v2 and As Built v2 ratings, as well as 5 star NABERS Energy and Water ratings.

“The judges were particularly impressed with the solar power system, which contributes 25 per cent of the building’s peak load, and which is the largest solar installation in an Australian commercial building of this size,” a Property Council spokesman said, though it might not be for much longer, thanks to IKEA’s commercial solar plans.

5 Murray Rose

Director of Rider Levett Bucknall Bob Richardson said the project’s success was reflected in the fact that the entire building was leased prior to its completion in April 2012.

10-20 Bond Street

10-20 Bond Street won the JLL Award for Best Sustainable Development – Existing Buildings, thanks to a $60 million refurbishment by Mirvac, who shares ownership of the building with Investa.

“Mirvac is to be applauded for recognising this opportunity to refurbish and reposition its property, giving it a new identity as a sustainable landmark,” the Property Council said.

The refurbishment has cut energy use by 43 per cent, greenhouse gas emissions by 56 per cent and water consumption by 47 per cent.

The building now has a 5 star NABERS Energy rating and a 4 Star Green Star rating for office design.

“Mirvac’s vision has not only resulted in a new green icon, but a lighthouse example of how a sustainable transformation can enhance a property’s appeal, attract new tenants and reinvigorate the neighbourhood,” Mr Richardson said.

10-20 Bond Street

The building features:

  • A trigeneration plant – on site base building electricity generation using natural gas and reuse of waste heat for air conditioning
  • Low energy T5 lighting
  • Reduced water consumption
  • New generation air conditioning system
  • Showers, lockers and bicycle parking

Other winners

Perth’s Brookfield Place took out the major Australian Development of the Year award, as well as the SAS International Award for Best Office Development and the S4B Studio Award for Best Heritage Development.

Davina Rooney

Davina Rooney, Stockland’s senior manager, operations and sustainability, took out the Harris Mackay Award for Future Leader, gaining a $10,000 scholarship to support research on how the property industry can broaden its diversity strategies.

“Davina Rooney is widely recognised as a young driver of change. She is adept at delivering challenging projects and is passionate about the potential of our industry to deliver a lasting, sustainable legacy,” the Property Council said.

“Davina’s research scholarship will enable her to investigate how the property industry can broaden its diversity focus beyond attraction and retention programs for women, and how a multi-faceted approach – encompassing ethnicity, age, education, skills, socio-economic background and personality – can boost the productivity and performance of the sector.”

JLL won the Project Control Group Award for Best Workplace Project for its WorkSmart@420 at 420 George Street in Sydney, a workplace design solution that also  acts as a sustainability showcase.

“WorkSmart@420 is not just an office space. JLL has considered how people, places and technology enable staff to perform at their best,” the Property Council said.

“The high-quality indoor environment and activity-based working setting is delivering spectacular results – including an 11 per cent increase in employee engagement since the move.”

It has a 6 Star Green Star rating, and over JLL’s 10-year lease, the company will save close to $400,000 in energy costs, 2641 tonnes of carbon and a 60 per cent reduction in paper storage.

“WorkSmart@420 supports individual creativity and team mobility, as well as more effective use of workspace,” Mr Richardson said. “While JLL has been able to reduce its floor space by 25 per cent, WorkSmart@420 allows for another 25 per cent in growth as the business expands.”

Full list of winners:

  • Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Australian Development of the Year: Brookfield Place, Perth, Brookfield
  • SAS International Award for Best Office Development: Brookfield Place Perth, WA, Brookfield
  • Yardi Award for Best Business or Industrial Park: Dandenong LOGIS Eco-Industrial Park, Victoria, Melbourne Water and Places Victoria
  • Gough Recruitment Award for Best Residential Development: Soleil, QLD, Meriton Group
  • Redpath Partners Award for Best Shopping Centre Development: Forest Hill Chase Rejuvenation Development, Victoria, Colonial First State Global Asset Management
  • Ryan Lawyers Award for Best Tourism and Leisure Development: Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre, Victoria, Glen Eira City Council
  • Harris Mackay Award for Future Leader of the Year: Davina Rooney, NSW, Stockland
  • Colliers International Award for Best Retirement Living Development: The Arbour, Berry, NSW, Berry Village Retirement Partnership
  • ISPT Award for Government Leadership: Glen Eira City Council, Victoria
  • S4B Studio Award for Best Heritage Development: Brookfield Place Perth, WA, Brookfield
  • GHD Woodhead Award for Best Mixed Use Development: Hamilton Harbour, QLD    Leighton Properties and Devine Limited
  • RPS Award for Best Master Planned Community: Suburb of Crace, ACT, Crace Joint Venture
  • Woods Bagot Award for Best Public Building: RMIT Swanston Academic Building, Victoria, RMIT University, Property Services
  • Project Control Group Award for Best Workplace Project: WorkSmart@420, NSW,    Fortius Funds Management Pty Limited
  • JLL Award for Best Sustainable Development – Existing Buildings: 10-20 Bond Street, Sydney, NSW, Mirvac Group / Investa Office Fund
  • WSP Award for Best Sustainable Development – New Buildings: 5 Murray Rose, NSW, The GPT Group
  • Hindmarsh Award for Innovation: KONE UltraRope, NSW, KONE Elevators Pty Ltd