Victorian stars shine at national property awards

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A careful restoration of St Kilda’s iconic Palais Theatre, a state-of-the-art distribution centre in Dandenong and an apartment development that blends liveability and luxury are winners at Australia’s national property awards.

A massive 152 finalists across 20 categories were competing at the 2019 Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards in Sydney last week.

Palais Theatre

Development Victoria was presented with the S4B Award for Best Heritage Development for the careful restoration of St Kilda’s much-loved Palais Theatre.

‘This Melbourne treasure has economic, architectural, historical and cultural significance. The $20 million investment by the Victorian Government and City of Port Phillip has secured the long-term future of the Palais Theatre as a live performance venue,’ says RLB’s Victorian Managing Director Ewen McDonald.

Client: Development Victoria
Services: Cost Management & Quantity Surveying
Architect: Lovell Chen Heritage Architects

Woolworths’ Distribution Centre

The Kone Award for Development Innovation went to Woolworths and Charter Hall for the Woolworths’ new Melbourne South Regional Distribution Centre.

Woolworths’ $560 million state-of-the-art facility uses world-class automated technology to deliver enhanced customer, safety, supply chain, economic and sustainability benefits.

Custom-built to Woolworths’ exacting specifications, and five years in the planning, this is the largest and most technologically advanced grocery distribution centre in the southern hemisphere – twice the size and capacity of equivalent facilities being built in Europe.

Charter Hall, Woolworths and Vanderlande Industries – the global market leader for logistic process automation – have invested in several world-leading technological, development and sustainability innovations, including the largest commercial solar panel installation in the country.

Client: Woolworths Group
Services: Cost Management & Quantity Surveying

Elwood House

Melbourne boutique developer Piccolo stared down stiff competition from 15 other finalists to snag the coveted Crown Group Award for Best Residential Development.

Melbourne Completed in 2017, Elwood House impressed the judges for ‘demonstrating how urban regeneration can deliver a real uplift in terms of amenity and aesthetics along our suburban streets,’ Ewen explains.

‘Elwood House offers security, privacy, amenity and flexibility with the same level of comfort and liveability found in larger homes,’ Ewen adds.

Client: Piccolo Developments
Services: Cost Management & Quantity Surveying
Architect: Woods Bagot

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.