The Robert Marsden Hope building was one of the first buildings to be erected in the Parliamentary Triangle and has now won the S4B Studio Award for Best Heritage Development at the 2013 Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards.
“After years of decline, and some time slated for demolition, the RM Hope Building has been redeveloped into a modern, sustainable, high-performance office,” says Chief Executive of the Property Council of Australia, Peter Verwer.
“ISPT surpassed four other impressive heritage developments to win this award, and deserves acknowledgement for breathing life back into a Canberra landmark,” Mr Verwer adds.
“ISPT faced a range of challenges – from redeveloping a heritage-listed building to addressing the specialist security requirements of the tenant. Meeting these challenges has not only delivered an exceptional building, but demonstrated that heritage buildings can be compatible with modern office requirements,” Mr Verwer says.
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Managing Director of Rider Levett Bucknall, Mark Chappe, says the RM Hope Building sets a high benchmark for future heritage projects in Australia, and is now the ‘jewel in the crown’ of ISPT’s National Circuit precinct.