Walker Corporation and Dexus Property have emerged the winners in the Urban Taskforce Australia’s Development of the Year awards for their major projects in Sydney and Melbourne, in the pandemic-hit year.
Walker Corporation, led by chairman Lang Walker, received the top gong for their commercial office towers at 4 Parramatta Square.
Urban Taskforce chief executive Tom Forrest said the Walker Corporation development was at the “heart of the transformation of Parramatta”.
“Walker’s 4 Parramatta Square is a worthy winner of Development of the Year for 2020 as a quality commercial building that has taken a lead role in lifting Parramatta as a major focus for employment,” Mr Forrest said.
The 80 Collins Street project in Melbourne by Dexus received the 2020 Commercial Office Development Award. Dexus used a number of local and international architects on the project as well as six artists to deliver a state of the art 51 storey commercial tower with a two-level retail precinct.
The independent jury was chaired by Chris Johnson, former NSW Government Architect and former CEO of the Urban Taskforce.
“We had a record number of entries including developments from most capital cities, across a range of building types,” Mr Johnson said.
“Continuing a trend in recent years apartment buildings were strong contenders for awards and winners included Mirvac’s St Leonard’s Square towers, Cbus’ Newmarket mid-rise housing and Crown Group’s amazing roller-coaster complex next to Green Square station.”