International House Sydney takes home Australia’s top property prize

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Australia’s first engineered timber office, International House Sydney, has been awarded the nation’s most prestigious property prize – the Rider Levett Bucknall Australian Development of the Year.

Lendlease was presented with the coveted honour at the Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards in Sydney last week.

‘International House is not only a construction industry ‘game changer’. It shows how innovative sustainable design is also a crowd pleaser that can enhance the fabric of our cities,’ says the Property Council’s Chief Executive, Ken Morrison.

Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB) is pleased to have provided authorities cost reporting for the winning development.

Timber structures as game changers

Designed by Tzannes architects and completed in April 2017, the six-storey building was constructed from cross-laminated timber and glue-laminated timber. The timber structure is supported by a ground retail level of conventional concrete.

Ken says the judges were impressed with International House’s green credentials, pointing to the ‘clear environmental benefit of timber’. International House’s 3,500 cubic metres of sustainably-grown and recycled timber acts as a ‘carbon sink’ while also reducing the use of high-emissions concrete.

Lendlease also took home the SAS International Award for Best Office Development for International House.

2019 Innovation & Excellence Awards

This year, 152 finalists competed for national recognition in 20 categories.

RLB has partnered with the Property Council of Australia to present the Innovation & Excellence Awards program since its inception in 1982.

‘Our vision and values at RLB remain a constant in everything we do and are echoed in these awards; creating value through the skills and passion of our people, challenging the conventional, and delivering excellence,’ says RLB Global Chairman, Stephen Mee.

‘We strive in the pursuit of excellence. Our commitment to create a better tomorrow, with both confidence and agility, is testament of our continued support of these awards,’ Stephen concludes.

Award winners were announced on Friday 17 May at a gala dinner at the International Convention Centre Sydney.

RLB 2019 Project Showcase

This publication touches on just some of the projects crowned as finalists in the 2019 Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards. These developments exemplify the future direction of Australia and RLB takes great pride in being associated with all of these projects.