The Annual Dinner and Development Excellence Awards were held on Wednesday 24 July 2019 at Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf.

The Development of the Year 2018 winner is YORK&GEORGE by Fife Capital.

The Urban Taskforce’s awards acknowledge development projects that achieve the best outcomes in terms of client requirements, environment, business and community considerations; as well as time, cost and quality. These awards recognise the crucial role of the developer in making a new development an outstanding success.

The 2019 winners are listed below.

Peter Poulet, Chair, Urban Taskforce Australia

Chris Johnson, CEO, Urban Taskforce Australia



Developer: Fife Capital

York and George is a brilliant addition to urban living in the centre of Sydney. A seven storey retail and office podium has a sky pool and garden above it and then a 32 story residential tower with an interesting roof feature. The podium incorporates Optus, Vodafone and WeWork and includes the refurbishment of heritage buildings. There is a public through site link, public artwork and a car park with only 13 car spaces for the 199 apartments. The construction had to manage the George Street light rail construction, the protection of adjoining heritage buildings as well as cantilevering over a number of rail tunnels. Apartments get excellent views and cross ventilation.











Winner: Development Excellence Award for Retail Development 2019


Developer: Stockland

Stockland Green Hills is a success at multiple levels. $421 million was spent on transforming the centre in Maitland, sales are up 69%, and foot traffic has grown by 84%. The centre has a 5 Star Green Star rating and the centre looks stunning. User comments include “A shoppers Dream”,  “What an amazing Centre” The centre works for families with two playgrounds, and a 1,200 seat dining precinct.










Winner: Development Excellence Award for Commercial Office City Development 2019


Developer: Dexus and Charter Hall

Dexus and  Charter Hall have developer Parramatta’s first 6 star Green star office building by working closely with anchor tenant Property NSW to provide a vertical village workspace. The building has an expansive rooftop terrace with an outdoor sports court. The project was delivered ahead of schedule and on budget and realising a development IRR of 68.7%. Philip Street is activated with shops, the site is only 10 minutes from Parramatta’s transport hub and the Bates Smart design is high quality.












Winner: Development Excellence Award for Mixed Uses Development 2019


Developer: Platino and Dunnet

Chatswood Place by Platino and Dunnet has reactivated the eastern end of the Chatswood town centre. The project includes five residential buildings, an active retail area, a restaurant precinct and community facilities including childcare. A heritage building has been meticulously restored and a new public plaza has become a popular gathering place. The shopping centre has Australia’s first Geothermal Air Conditioning System. Ten apartments were transferred to Willoughby City Council for affordable housing.













Winner: Development Excellence Award for High Rise City Apartments Development 2019

OMNIA, Kings Cross

Developer: Greenland

Omnia is a very special development as it has become the iconic gateway to Kings Cross. The $320 million project includes 132 apartments over 20 storeys.  60% of the former Crest Hotel structure was retained as an example of adaptive reuse. The City of Sydney were closely involved and the  Durbach Block Jaggers design has repositioned the site as an iconic feature.  Values have remained high with the sale of Omnia’s second penthouse in March 2019 achieving $50,000 per square metre.












Winner: Development Excellence Award for Medium Rise City Apartments Development 2019


Developer: Aqualand Australia

The Heysen is a popular local Turramurra project with 65% of purchasers coming from a 5 kilometre radius, many of them downsizing from large houses. The apartments are a generous size with large balconies. The four storey building has 41 apartments are on a site with century old eucalypts and the name is a reference to Australia’s great eucalypt artist Hans Heyson. The site is 600 metres from Turramurra train station and a 36 minute trip to the Sydney CBD.











Winner: Development Excellence Award for Medium Rise Metro Development 2019


Developer: Billbergia

Marina Square is a big success with excellent sales but more importantly through its place making role. Billbergia have ensured that a community has been developed vat Marina Square with the 12,000 sqm super neighbourhood shopping centre with 45 retail tenancies and 16 cafes and restaurants and a 1,360 sqm medical centre. To ensure residents were well connected to transport Billbergia funded and built a bridge to Rhodes and provides a bus shuttle service across the bridge.











Highly Commended Medium Rise City Development 2019


Developer: Urban Property Group

Located in Penrith is a combination of market apartments and build to rent units including NDIS apartments. The quality design along with landscape elements has led to a solution focussed on the Penrith market with sales demands high. The building includes roof top community facilities.













Winner: Development Excellence Award for Adaptive Reuse Development 2019


Developer: IPM Property

This clever adaptive reuse project in Potts Point reuses a 1970s timber framed heritage building by disassembling it and after refurbishment it was reassembled on site. The precinct also included the 1850s Telford Place and a pair of 1900 terrace houses. IPM have turned this into a mix of old and new with 30 apartments in a way that has led to a very successful project.












Highly Commended Adaptive Reuse Development 2019


Developer: Leda Holdings & Growthbuilt

A clever blending of old and new by Leda and Growthbuilt. The late 1800s building has been refurbished and 19 apartments and 6 terraces  incorporated within the fabric. The design maintained the existing building form with the addition of some new dormer windows that matched the  existing dormers.















Winner: Development Excellence Award for Greenfield Development 2019


Developer: Legacy  Property

This 588 lot residential land subdivision has been a commercial success with excellent sales partly to the approach by Legacy Property to ensure prices met the market at an affordable level. The developer contributed substantial community infrastructure through a Voluntary Planning Agreement valued at over $15 million. This provided the hilltop park with shaded slides and swings, an AFL sports field, road upgrades and the undergrounding of transmission lines.












Winner: Development Excellence Award for Urban Renewal Development 2019


Developer: Sekisui House

West Village achieved exceptional sales results, 70% owner occupiers on a site that includes heritage buildings -Peters Ice Cream and Cone Factory, The project achieved  Six Star Green Star, incorporates visual artists with murals, incorporates parks and play grounds with sub-tropical gardens for Brisbane’s environment.














Winner: Development Excellence Award for Masterplanned Community 2019


Developer: Mirvac

Mirvac worked with the existing golf club and Liverpool Council to provide the golf club with new facilities and to facilitate public access to the Georges River Foreshore. In partnership with CSR Mirvac developed the Velocity prefabricated building system which sped up construction. Three ‘Living Labe’ were created trialling solar panels with batteries.










Winner: Development Excellence Award for Seniors Living/Retirement Development 2019


Developer: Watermark Retirement Villages & Parkview Constructions

Watermark is a Seniors Living and Retirement Development of a modern design with Sydney sandstone on its lower levels. The project has 18 apartments with warm timber finishes. There is a games room and a community space run by Willoughby Council. The project has been as commercial success.









Winner: Development Excellence Award for Affordable Housing Development


Developer: SGCH

This impressive affordable housing project has 22 units debt financed by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and 45 units debt financed by the Commonwealth Bank as part of the Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan. All units are held long term by SGCH as the developer and tenancy manager and was progressed under the Affordable Rental Housing SEPP.  A great place that provides for an important need.









Winner: Development Excellence Awards for Industrial Development


WINNER: Frasers Property Australia

Frasers have set a new benchmark in design excellence for a temperature controlled logistics facility. The project received a 5 star Green  Star as built rating with significant operational savings. The project was delivered in a very tight 9 month time frame including cleaning up the heavily contaminated site and provides the local community with 200 jobs.














Winner: Development Excellence Award for Sustainable Development 2019


Developer: Lendlease

Trinity House and Harbour Place are brick clad residential buildings within the overall Darling Square project by Lendlease.  The project includes 577 apartments with a 2,000 sqm ‘park in the sky’. The project has achieved a 5-star Green Star Design rating and is targeting a 5 Star Green Star As-Built rating. The environmental initiatives included spending $20 million in energy  efficiency measures at Bowral Bricks to reduce embodied energy, offsite prefabrication, LED lighting, 80,000L rainwater tanks for watering landscape.




Fife Captial accepting the award from PIA Head of Marketing, Amanda Weeks

Stockland accepting the award from Peter Poulet, NSW Government Architect.

Dexus and Charter Hall accepting the award from Peter Poulet, NSW Government Architect (right)

Platino accepting the award from Peter Poulet, NSW Government Architect (right)




Greenland accepting the award from Peter Poulet, NSW Government Architect (left)

Aqualand accepting the award from Peter Poulet, NSW Government Architect (middle)

Billbergia accepting the award from DEA Sponsor Abal Bank Emile Chahine

Urban Property Group accepting the award from Peter Poulet, NSW Government Architect (middle)

IDA accepting the award from Peter Poulet, NSW Government Architect (middle)

Leda Holdings & Growthbuilt accepting their award from Peter Poulet,

Legacy Property accepting the award from Peter Poulet, NSW Government Architect (left)

Sekisui House a accepting the award from Peter Poulet, NSW Government Architect (middle left)

Mirvac accepting the award from DEA Sponsor Xavier Knight, Feris Chehade (right)

SGCH accepting the award from Peter Poulet, Central City District Commissioner

Frasers Property Australia accepting their award from Peter Poulet, Central City District Commissioner.