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ANZs global headquarters, the ANZ Centre in Melbournes Docklands designed by HASSELL and Lend Lease, has been named Development of the Year at the Property Council of Australia 2011 awards.
The project was described by Property Council of Australia CEO Peter Verwer as an outstanding showcase of the great outcomes our industry can produce. Verwer added: The building has not only achieved global benchmarks in environment and sustainability, but has reinvigorated the entire Melbourne Docklands precinct.
Designed by HASSELL and Lend Lease design, the 83,550sqm building is currently the largest single tenanted commercial building in Australia. Environmental initiatives include underfloor air distribution, wind turbines and a blackwater system to reduce water consumption inside the ten-storey building.
Inside, the design is conceived as an urban campus with a large central atrium and a ground-level hub that includes cafes, public art and a visitor centre, catering for more than 6,500 staff while also inviting the public into the banks headquarters.
The ANZ Centre was selected as the overall winner from a pool of more than 100 finalists from across the country. In all, winners in 14 categories were announced at the 2011 Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards, held in Sydney on 14 May.
Other winners on the night included Goods Shed North in Melbourne by Elenberg Fraser, BVN Architecture and Lovell Chen, which was named Best Office Fitout; Johnson Pilton Walkers National Portrait Gallery of Australia in Canberra, which was named Best Public Building; 530 Collins Street by NH Architecture, which won Best Sustainable Building (existing buildings) and Rice Daubneys ARK in Sydney, which was named Best Sustainable Building (new buildings).
Sydney Harbour YHA by Tzannes Associates Architecture Urban Design was named Best Heritage and Adaptive Reuse project, and Best Tourism and Leisure Development; while Allen Jack+Cottiers The Village in Balgowlah won the Best Mixed Use Development award. The ANZ Centre was also named Best Office Development, while HASSELL were also winners in the Master Planned Community category, for the University Hill development.