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The 2010 Urban Development Institute of Australias (UDIA) National Awards for Excellence have been announced, recognising skill and innovation in the industry and commending the high quality developments from across Australia.
The Urban Renewal category was awarded to The Barracks, a mixed-use development located in Brisbanes CBD. The transformation of the derelict site included renovating three key heritage listed buildings: The citys second gaol (dating from 1860), the Queensland Police Barracks (1939) and police stables (1912), and the Wireless Transmission Building (1939); while new additions provide a shopping and restaurant precinct, supermarket, cinema and public car park.
The project, developed by QM Properties & Property Solutions and designed by Brisbane practice Arkhefield, was up against the Sydney Wharf residential marina and South Yarra precinct. QM Director, Jon Haseler, said the jury was impressed by The Barracks’ transformation from ugly duckling to urban beauty.
New buildings within the development are located behind the heritage structures, leaving the Petrie Terrace streetscape in tact. Development Manager Randy Jones said the challenge had been to create something that was beautiful and commercially viable: This is the paradox planners and developers in cities all over the world face, he said. Extreme solutions can be Disney style historical replicas or insensitive new annexes.
Other winners at the UDIA National Awards included Greater Springfield. This 2,860 hectare development in southeast Queensland has a CBD area that is twice the size of Brisbanes CBD. The purpose-built city, developed by Springfield Land Corporation, received the Masterplanned Development award, and the Presidents Award.
Woods Bagot and NH Architecture received the Environmental Excellence award for the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.
In the residential awards, the Alamanda project by Villawood Properties/ISPT won best Residential Development; Cairns Street Townhouses by Forme Projex won the Medium Density Housing; while Hines Propertys Conservatory of Hindmarsh Square was awarded in the High Density category.
The Affordable Development award was won by Brighton Estate, Butler by Satterley Property Group & The Department of Housing; while the Seniors Living category was awarded to Richfield Retirement Village, by Kayrope Developments.