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Victoria’s top commercial buildings in the running for national awards

February 10, 2017

LaTrobe Tower, the tallest pre-fabricated building in Australia, is up for a Property Council award. Photo: The Property Council

Australia’s tallest pre-fab building and another that ranks as one the most sustainable in the country are among a list of commercial buildings in Victoria in the running for national gongs.

The Property Council of Australia/Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards showcase exceptional projects, innovative solutions and outstanding achievements in Australia’s property industry. This year 27 finalists were from Victoria.

“Every year, Victoria’s world-class developments are on display, and the 27 nominations this year reflect the industry’s commitment to building places that enrich our cityscapes, communities and the lives of people,” said Sally Capp, the Property Council’s executive director in Victoria.

The building, 171 Collins, is also up for an award. Photo: Supplied The building 171 Collins is also up for an award. Photo: Property Council of Australia

Victorian projects had strong representation in the innovation, public building and sustainable development categories, with each development finalist also in the running for the Australian development of the year award, announced in May.

“Projects in contention include the trailblazing 171 Collins Street, which is one of the most sustainable offices in the country, and the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, which integrates the traditional with the high-tech to create spaces that support learning in the 21st century,” Ms Capp said.

La Trobe Tower, in central Melbourne, is a finalist in the development innovation category, for its use of a cutting-edge construction system, which allowed the project – at 44 levels – to become Australia’s tallest prefabricated building.

Using the Hickory construction method, the 206-apartment project was also delivered 30 per cent faster and built more safely, sustainably and with less community impact than could have been achieved using a conventional in-situ approach, according to The Hickory Group.

The Olympic Facility, by the Collingwood Football Club. Photo: Supplied The Olympic Park Community Facility, by the Collingwood Football Club. Photo: Property Council of Australia

The new Olympic Park Community Facility is a finalist in the public building category. The project, by the Collingwood Football Club, is a new split-level major sports, events and training complex in the heart of Melbourne, linked to the Holden Centre.

Also a finalist in the public building category is the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre, which comprises eight levels of high-tech reading and learning spaces, and is the culmination of years of planning by the City of Geelong.

A finalist in the office development category, 570 Bourke Street was designed with a focus on people and the environment. According to Charter Hall, the building’s architecture and interior design creates a ”future-focused” workplace that provides maximum efficiency and personal wellbeing but with minimum environmental impact.

A focus on the environment also underpins 171 Collins Street’s selection as a finalist in the sustainable – existing award category. The property is owned by Cbus Property and Charter Hall.
The lighting installation at 888 Collins Street is Melbourne’s first real-time weather display. Photo: Property Council of Australia The lighting installation at 888 Collins Street is Melbourne’s first real-time weather display. Photo: Property Council of Australia

According to Knight Frank Australia, 171 Collins Street was built with the intention of it having a 5-star NABERS Energy rating, however, in-line with the sustainability ethos of the asset, a 6-star rating was achieved in July 2016.

Another Collins Street development also made the finals, this time in the project innovation category. The lighting installation at 888 Collins Street is Melbourne’s first real-time weather display, according to Lendlease.

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