Australia’s top property honour has been awarded to Wentworth Point Town Centre, named the Rider Levett Bucknall Australian Development of the Year 2022 for its industry-leading transformation of an isolated industrial site into a vibrant residential community.
The pioneering development by Billbergia in Wentworth Point near Sydney Olympic Park also took out the award for the Best Master Planned Community at the Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards.
The awards program, which is now in its 40th year in partnership with Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB), highlights creative initiatives, ground-breaking innovations, and motivational leadership in Australia’s property industry.
RLB Oceania Chairman Peter Tulla said the project has created a new high-density community with outstanding public amenity and services.
“Billbergia’s commitment to building a socially responsible development is worthy of awards and applause,” he said.
“The development sets the standard for city shaping, and RLB was pleased to have our own Stephen Mee work on the project.”
“Stephen also provided quantity surveying to the Best Shopping Centre Development Cadden’s Corner by Western Sydney University while NSW Director Richard Rigby worked on Stage One of Sanctuary by Sekisui House, honoured with the Award for Best Residential Development.”
RLB NSW Managing Director Stephen Mee said the awards honour the outstanding projects and people behind Australia’s largest industry.
“Sharing our industry’s success stories helps us move forward as an industry. Each year we learn something new, which is why each year the calibre of projects is better than the year before.”
The Rider Levett Bucknall Award for Best Public Art Project was presented to Investa for the Vault of Heaven & Seeds of Cosmos. This artwork has become the centrepiece of Sixty Martin Place, another project which RLB proudly played a role.
At the gala dinner on Friday evening, the $340 million Surgical, Treatment and Rehabilitation Service (STARS) in Brisbane took home the Woods Bagot Award for Best Public Building.
RLB Managing Director, Matt Long, congratulated the team behind the healthcare asset.
“From its innovative funding initiatives to the purpose-built spaces designed to help people heal, STARS is a great example of a healthcare asset done right.
“We have several health sector experts, and this project was led by Paul Megram who led a diverse team of building services specialists to construction phase experts to experienced cost planners,” Mr Long said.
Presented in collaboration with RLB since 1982, the prestigious awards promote excellence in design and innovation in the built environment. From 116 finalists, the winners were selected by a high calibre judging panel made up of 11 property specialists and chaired by John V. McCarthy AO.
Stephen concluded, “At RLB we pride ourselves on bringing imagination to life and to do that requires those who dare to dream. We’re proud to be part of an amazing industry.”