New South Wales projects and people push the envelope

December 10, 2019.

New South Wales projects and people push the envelope

State-of-the-art offices, Australia’s first Indigenous rooftop farm and a learning centre that reinvents the university lecture are among finalists from New South Wales vying for prestigious national property awards.

Sixty-six finalists from New South Wales are among 132 announced ahead of the 2020 Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards.

The awards program, now in its 38th year in partnership with RLB, showcases innovative projects, pioneering solutions and inspiring leadership in Australia’s property industry.


Among the projects are York&George, which is competing in three categories, and which ‘illustrates the property industry’s commitment to true innovation and design excellence,’ says RLB Managing Director, Matthew Harris.

‘The project team navigated heavy rail tunnels, multiple heritage buildings, construction of the Light Rail and development over a geological fault zone. But the result is a striking new presence on the Sydney skyline,’ Matt adds.

Barrack Place

Investa’s Barrack Place, located at 151 Clarence Street, is also up for several awards.

‘Designed for tenant health and wellbeing, this 23-story tower boasts smart technology, innovative sustainability features and a truly vibrant retail precinct,’ Matt says.

RLB provided commercial certainty towards Washington Park in Riverwood, and the Westpac Kent Street HQ project, also nominated for national awards.

Tracy Burnham

RLB in NSW Director Tracy Burnham is one of 11 rising stars in the running for the NS Group Award for Future Leader of the Year.

‘Tracy became a Director of RLB in 2018. She has experience on unique major projects including the
Frank Gehry designed Dr Chau Chak Wing Building for UTS. Tracy is a vocal advocate for adoption of new technologies in the QS profession and provides mentoring to promote female involvement in the industry,’ Matt says.

Rider Levett Bucknall Australian Development of the Year award

All NSW development finalists are in the running for the NSW Development of the Year and the industry’s most coveted prize – the Rider Levett Bucknall Australian Development of the Year award.

Reward and Recognition

‘RLB has proudly co-hosted these awards since 1982. Over the last 38 years, the awards have become an important platform to recognise and reward the people and companies building great cities and communities,’ Matt concludes.

Gala Dinner

National award winners will be announced at the 2020 Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards Gala Dinner, to be held at the ICC Sydney Convention Centre on Friday 15 May 2020. Tickets are now on sale.

For a full list of finalists please visit

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With a network that covers the globe and a heritage spanning over two centuries, Rider Levett Bucknall is a leading independent organisation in cost management and quantity surveying, project management and advisory services.

Our achievements are renowned: from the early days of pioneering quantity surveying, to landmark projects such as the Sydney Opera House, HSBC Headquarters Building in Hong Kong, the 2012 London Olympic Games and CityCenter in Las Vegas.

We continue this successful legacy with our dedication to the value, quality and sustainability of the built environment. Our innovative thinking, global reach, and flawless execution push the boundaries. Taking ambitious projects from an idea to reality.