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for Outstanding Tourism Project
Built over 16ha, Sydney Zoo is expected to bring in around 745,00 visitors each year, injecting an estimated $45 million into the NSW economy. The first of its kind to open in the city in 100 years, it is home to a wide range of exotic and native species, including more than 2,000 animals. A number of endangered species from around the globe form part of the zoo’s on-site breeding program which has been put in place to help boost animal numbers.
The Bungarribee attraction features hidden barriers, boardwalks and water displays which create an immersive, safari-like experience for visitors. Built with sustainable materials, the zoo uses a solar power network and recycled storm-water run-off fills moats and water gardens. All animal and food waste from the site is composted, and biodegradable corn starch packaging is used onsite.
Recipient: Sydney Zoo
Paper Mill Food, Liverpool
for Outstanding Integrated Development
The heritage listed Paper Mill site in Liverpool has a long and fascinating history as Australia's once largest surviving paper mill. It has now been renovated into a new luxury food destination, residential, retail and community hub.
The new look modern warehouse styled destination, situated alongside the George's River, features five restaurants and is home to some of Sydney's best chefs. The 1,800sqm precinct offers four distinct restaurants under a heritage sawtooth roof which make up the now beautifully restored 1914 Paper Mill building.
Recipient: Coronation Property
for Outstanding Sports & Major Events Project
Bankwest Stadium is a new 30,000 seat stadium on the site of the former Parramatta Stadium within walking distance of Eat Street.
The state-of-the-art, $300m facility opened in April this year to much public acclaim, and has already hosted world-class sporting events, with a number of live performances lined up for 2020.
A recent report found that each sporting fixture at Bankwest generates close to $1m to the local economy. Surrounding the stadium are new family playground zones as well as a series of hard-court sport areas designed to be used year-round by the community.
Recipient: Venues Live and Venues NSW
Reactivation of Western Sydney University’s Hawkesbury Campus R Precinct
for Outstanding Education Project
The completion of the R precinct returns the centre of Hawkesbury to its original glory as a major and important part of the educational and research landscape in Western Sydney and is a fitting tribute to the original vision of the early pioneers that established the Hawkesbury Agricultural College in 1891.
Works on the newly restored buildings are valued at $20m.They were originally constructed after the Second World War and designed by then Government Architect Walter Liberty Vernon but now are set to accommodate approximately 200 University staff relocating from Werrington North and South.
The project includes an upgrade of the Heritage Quadrangle and Western Courtyard, to enhance amenity at the Hawkesbury campus.
Recipient: Western Sydney University
for Outstanding Sustainability Project
A green-tech, world-leading, best-practice facility based at Cobbitty, this company has received numerous international awards for their technology, which produces commercial quantities of fresh herbs, leafy greens and vegetables without the use of synthetic pesticides, fungicides or inorganic fertilizer inputs.
Green Camel has successfully developed the technology to build and operate industry-leading commercial organic glasshouses, with production at the same or better yields than conventional hydroponic glasshouse producers. Their new expanded argri-business facility is set to become the world’s largest integrated fish and horticulture facility.
Recipient: Green Camel
Sydney Metro North West
for Outstanding Transport Project
This $7.3b metro line is part of Australia’s biggest public transport project and stretches from Tallawong in Sydney’s north-west through to Chatswood.
Opened in May this year, on time, and under budget, driverless trains leave approximately every 10 minutes, and as often as every four minutes during peak hour.
More than 22,000 people worked on Metro North-West, which has also catalysed the development of a range of new precincts throughout the north-west and the Hills.
As Australia’s first fully automated passenger railway project, it includes eight new railway stations, five upgraded stations and 4000 commuter car parking spaces. More than seven million customer journeys have been taken on the North West Metro (up to 20 September 2019)
Recipient: Sydney Metro
4 Parramatta Square
for Outstanding Commercial Property
Standing 40 storeys high, the 4 Parramatta Square commercial development is currently the biggest in Western Sydney, providing 70,000m2 of A-Grade of commercial space, 4,000m2 of retail space over multiple podium levels and over 3,000m2 of public domain space.
The development includes a business and events centre and a range of dining options - from cafes to fine dining - that flow out and activate an outdoor space. The tower accommodates multiple NSW Government tenants in the heart of Parramatta and offers a direct connection from the rail interchange to the public domain with seamless single level access to the rest of the CBD.
Recipient: Builder Walker Corporation
New Acute Services Building Blacktown Hospital (Stage 2 Redevelopment)
for Outstanding Health Project
The new acute services building houses purpose-built facilities for emergency, operating theatres, maternity, birthing, newborn care, women’s health and other services and opened in June 2019.
The second stage of the $700m Blacktown Hospital redevelopment was designed with input from the community and has already been recognised as a catalyst for positive change in hospital design, challenging traditional ideas by delivering new career zones, see-and-be-seen ward designs and a range of other innovations.
Recipient: Western Sydney Local Health District/NSW Health Infrastructure
Newleaf – Bonnyrigg Renewal Project
Chairman’s Prize for Social Infrastructure
Newleaf is a long- term renewal of the Bonnyrigg public housing estate, in South West Sydney. The project aims to provide new social and private housing to create a socially mixed community with 70% of dwellings in private ownership and the remaining 30% for public housing.
A partnership between Landcom and NSW Land and Housing Corporation, Stage 4 of the project was completed in 2018, with further stages expected to be complete in 2019.
One of the key aims of this project was to shift Bonnyrigg from 90% public housing to a mix of market, social and affordable housing with improved public amenity to create better places for everyone.
Recipient: Landcom and NSW Land and Housing Corporation