11 December 2019

Four ACT finalists in national property awards

| Ian Bushnell
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The landmark John Gorton Building in Parkes. Photo: HBS Group.

A heritage restoration of the John Gorton Building in Parkes, an affordable housing development at Moncrieff and two state-of-the-art workplaces at Canberra Airport are finalists in Australia’s most prestigious property awards.

The four ACT finalists are among 128 announced ahead of the 2020 Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards.

Property Council’s ACT Executive Director Adina Cirson said the John Gorton Building had been the subject of a seven-year project undertaken by HBS Group Pty Ltd on behalf of the Department of Finance.

“The restoration – which covered everything from a new roof to repointing the sandstone façade – has repositioned this iconic landmark for further decades of use,” Ms Cirson said.

Community Housing Canberra is in the running for the Award for Best Affordable Housing Development for the Moncrieff Affordable Homes for Purchase.

“CHC’s commitment to delivering quality living at an affordable price is evident at Moncrieff. The development is close to schools, shops and just minutes away from the Canberra Light Rail stop, and demonstrates how affordability and liveability can go hand-in-hand,” Ms Cirson says.

3 Molonglo Drive at Canberra Airport. Photo: ACT Property Council.

Capital Airport Group’s office at 3 Molonglo Drive is competing in the Best Office Development category, while the Group’s tenancy is vying for the Award for Best Workplace Project.

“The campus-style, five-storey office at 3 Molonglo Drive strikes the perfect balance between open-plan working and stringent operational requirements. More than double the size of any other office at the airport, the building is nearly at full capacity with 2000 employees,” Ms Cirson said.

“Capital Airport Group’s tenancy, meanwhile, reconciled physical space challenges – like low ceiling heights and obstructed views – with a breathtaking design that incorporates activity-based working and uses art.”

The awards program, now in its 38th year in partnership with RLB, showcases innovative projects, pioneering solutions and inspiring leadership in Australia’s property industry.

“ACT’s property industry delivers high-quality development that underpins the strength of our economy and enhances our city’s liveability. We are very proud of these four projects competing with the best of the best from around Australia,” Ms Cirson said.

Inside 3 Molonglo Drive. Photo: ACT Property Council.

All ACT development finalists are in the running for the ACT Development of the Year and the industry’s most coveted prize – the Rider Levett Bucknall Australian Development of the Year award.

RLB managing director Mark Chappe said the awards had become an important platform to recognise and reward the people and companies building great cities and communities.

“The ACT’s four finalists are a powerful symbol of an industry that continues to challenge itself to deliver better workplaces, homes and communities for Canberrans,” Mr Chappe said.

National award winners will be announced at the 2020 Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards Gala Dinner, to be held at the ICC Sydney Convention Centre on Friday 15 May 2020.

For a full list of finalists visit www.propertycouncilawards.com.au.

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