Award Winners 2007

Date:  16 August 2007
Venue :  Grand Ballroom, The Westin Sydney



At the Annual Dinner and Awards night of the Urban Taskforce in Sydney on Thursday 16th August 2007, The Hon. Frank Sartor MP presented the Urban Taskforces Development Excellence Awards 2007 Goodman International Limited for the Talavera Corporate Centre, North Ryde

Development Excellence Award Winners 2007


Overall Winner: Urban Taskforce Development Excellence Awards 2007


Talavera Corporate Centre
North Ryde
Goodman International

Designed by fitzptrick+partners

The jury was impressed that this project was well designed incorporating environmental best practice principles and a commercial success. More importantly, the jury saw this project as a good example of providing jobs closer to where people live with its location close to a new railway station and to the Macquarie University precinct.


New employment generators constructed near railway stations will help restructure Sydney from a mono-centric CBD to a polycentric structure where a number of employment hubs develop new commuter patterns in the metropolitan area. The new corporate centre building provides quality jobs in a quality building located in the global arc that stretches from the airport to Macquarie University.


Min, Frank Sartor MP & Mr Chris Mitchell of
Blake Dawson Waldron presents the Overall Winner Award to Mr David van Aanholt of Goodman International Ltd.

Winner: Urban Taskforce Development Excellence Awards 2007
for Industrial Development


Bluescope Steel
Sydney Colorbond Centre

Walker Corporation


Bluescopes new colorbond industrial building is a clean, functional form that reflects the 200 metre long production line within. It reinforces the Bluescope brand with its blue checkared pattern on the external facade. The 20,000 sq m building cost $120m approx. and produces 120,000 tonnes per year of steel products enough to roof 80,000 homes.

The project has helped local employment and taken a leadership role in energy and water efficiency. The location at Erskine Park ensures the product is close to the emerging markets for metal roofing, thus minimising transport costs. Emissions are carefully treated and rainwater is recycled through two 750,000 litre tanks.


Minister Frank Sartor MP presents the Industrial Development Award to Mr Simon McTigue of Walker Corporation

Commendation: Urban Taskforce Development Excellence Awards 2007
for Industrial Architectural Excellence


Recall Storage Facility
Greystanes Park

Goodman International Limited


Designed by Lacoste + Stephenson
This simple industrial shed has been lifted in its architectural expression to be an elegant addition to this industrial precinct. Goodmans recall storage facility at Greystanes Park sets a new approach to the expression of industrial sheds. Architects Lacoste & Stevenson have added sophistication by incorporating the recall bar code as the key image of the building.

The innovative use of the bar code helps reduce the overall scale of the building as does the incorporation of translucent sheeting in the façade that faces the street. This also allows natural light into the building by day and at night time the building glows. Stormwater is collected from the roof and stored in large tanks for re-use throughout the site.


Minister Frank Sartor MP presents the Commendation for Industrial Architectural Excellence to Mr Colin Rockliff of Goodman International Ltd.

Winner: Urban Taskforce Development Excellence Awards 2007
for Commercial Development


Talavera Corporate Centre
North Ryde

Goodman International Limited


Close to the new railway station due to open in the near future, the Talavera corporate Centre is a good example of diversifying jobs out of Sydneys CBD to transport centres in suburban areas. Goodmans have developed a master plan for seven buildings with high quality architecture. 18,000 square metres of space has been leased and an additional 26,000 square metres is earmarked for future development.

Key tenants such as Toshiba, Sanofi and Aventis and CSC have taken out significant leases averaging 7.5 years. The corporate centre building is a cost effective energy efficient building of quality design. The scheme provides an internal central spine away from the noisy main road and has Café Pronto located in the centre and a childcare facility to help support a diverse workforce. Natural filtration of stormwater, waste minimisation, recycling and waterless urinals demonstrate a commitment to environmental performance.

Minister Frank Sartor MP presents the
Commercial Development Award to Mr Colin Rockliff of Goodman International Limited

Winner: Urban Taskforce Development Excellence Awards 2007
for Residential Development


Valencia Building
Homebush Bay

Payce Consolidated


The Valencia building is the latest in a series of buildings of successful residential developments by Pace Properties located at the Waterfront, Homebush Bay. The building sits adjacent to the water with two semi-submerged basement parking levels, enclosed by residential development. The building creates two semi-private enclosed courtyard spaces one courtyard contains a pool and recreational areas while the other is a quiet garden with bush planting.

Valencia has sold well in the marketplace and has acted as a catalyst for the development of the whole precinct on the western side of Homebush Bay. The foreshore is defined by a clear public domain with a promenade that links all development around the Bay. The success of Valencia is demonstrated by the resident clubs that bring people together with Friday barbecues, music in the piazza, art groups and kids playgroups.

Minister Frank Sartor MP presents the
Residential Development Award to Mr Kieran Hughes of Payce Consolidated

Winner: Urban Taskforce Development Excellence Awards 2007
for Retail Development


Batemans Bay Retail Centre
Batemans Bay

Stocklands/The Steven Group


Designed by PTW Architects
It is unusual to see such sophistication in a regional centre like Batemans Bay. With 18,000 square metres of retail space the centre adopts an open air main street approach with expressive roof forms. Balancing the retail centre with its 3 storey colonnade is a 5 storey 1,750 square metre residential aged care building with its own dynamic architecture.

The centre has traded beyond expectations and is well respected by tenants and shoppers alike. Four hundred new jobs were created for the town. Environmentally, the project recycles water, maximises natural ventilation particularly in the car park and uses AAA water saving devices throughout.

Minister Frank Sartor MP and presents
The Retail Development Award Mr Phil
Threlfall at Stockland

Winner: Urban Taskforce Development Excellence Awards 2007
for Sustainable Development


Magenta Shores, Central Coast


Magenta Shores has rehabilitated a degraded site on our coastline. An old sand mining site has been restored by re-shaping the dunes, removing the noxious weed Bitou bush and providing a new landscape carefully built up to respect the windy edge conditions. To respond to the severe potable water shortage in the area, sewerage has been treated to recycle water to the site for irrigation and toilet flushing. Water from the Toukley sewerage site is also treated to feed on to the site through an ultra-filtration system. All stormwater is retained on site and discharged through absorption trenches to the sand sub-grade. A leachate management system is in place. The treated water system saves 400 million litres of potable water a year. 90% of the site is open space including 10 hectares of literal rainforest and Bangalay open forest. The project has been instigated in conjunction with the Barkinjung Aboriginal Land Council. The New South Wales Aboriginal Council sees Magenta Shores as an example of best practice in the acquisition of aboriginal land. A number of apprenticeships for aboriginal people were generated through the project. Magenta Shores is a very successful project that respects the environment.

Minister Frank Sartor MP and presents the sustainable development Award to Emma
Sargeant of Mirvas

Inaugural Award Category 2007
Urban Taskforces Deal of the Year Award recognises the most innovative, audacious and visionary acquisition of property in the financial year.

Winner: Urban Taskforce Deal of the Year Award 2007


$1.1 billion real estate acquisition from Walker Corporation
Mirvac Group


This landmark transaction provided Mirvac with a unique opportunity to integrate a range of high quality investment and development assets into Mirvacs current business streams.
The portfolio had a strong alignment to Mirvacs existing assets and projects but also provided greater geographical and sector diversity.
The acquisition enhanced Mirvacs development pipeline in the eastern states adding to sustainable earnings growth in FY08 and beyond.

Minister Frank Sartor MP presents the Deal of the Year Award to Mr David Brenac of Mirvac

Judging Panel:

Chair – Professor Chris Johnson
Executive Director Cities and Centres Strategy,
Department of Planning
Ms Sue Salmon
Chair, Total Environment Centre
Mr John Ferrarin
WT Partnership (Aust) Pty Ltd
Mr David Tanevski
Managing Director, KWC Capital Group and Director, Urban Taskforce
Mr Robert Harley
Property Editor
Australian Financial Review
MrJohn Wynne
Urbis JHD
Mr Peter Mould
NSW Government Architect
Department of Commerce