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Adelaide’s world-first vertical village wins national property prize

The world-first ‘U City’ tower in the Adelaide CBD has taken top honours at Australia’s most prestigious property awards.

Designed by Woods Bagot for Uniting Communities, U City won the ‘InfraBuild Award for Best Mixed Use Development’ at the Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards in Sydney this evening.

Completed in 2019, the 20-storey vertical village brings together retirement living, specialist short and long stay disability apartments, function centre, commercial, retail and hospitality outlets, and social services suites. It is recognised as one of Australia’s ‘greenest’ buildings and has achieved 6-Star Green Star Design and As Built Ratings.

Property Council of Australia Chief Executive, Ken Morrison, said this was a particularly important year for the Awards to recognise the people, projects and pioneering innovation in Australian property development.

“After an incredibly challenging year, it has been an absolute pleasure to come together to celebrate the outstanding achievements in our industry,” Mr Morrison said.

“U City’s pioneering vision for integrated and inclusive community infrastructure has been exceptionally executed and will no doubt inspire the way community services are accommodated around the world.”

Property Council of Australia SA Executive Director, Daniel Gannon, said the inclusive, mixed-use vertical village brings together residential, social, commercial and community services to the heart of the city.

“U City is a showpiece for how our industry is advancing inclusivity and diversity through pioneering design and innovation,” Mr Gannon said. “It tells a compelling story about the way communities can, and should, be created with accessibility and sustainability at the forefront, and with facilities allowing people of all ages and abilities to flourish.”

RLB has partnered with the Property Council to present the awards program for the past 39 years.

RLB Managing Director, John Drillis, commended the vision of Uniting Communities and Woods Bagot in creating the world-first vertical village.

“This development showcases tremendous design innovation and inclusivity to deliver purpose-built community infrastructure for today, and the future,” Mr Drillis said. “It encapsulates what we can achieve as an industry – as a community – when we celebrate diversity and design with inclusivity.”

Uniting Communities is a not-for-profit organisation working alongside more than 80,000 South Australians each year as they strive for bright futures and great lives.

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2021 Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards Winners

Category State Entry/Name of Development Company
Rider Levett Bucknall Australian Development of the Year VIC Burwood Brickworks Shopping Centre Frasers Property Australia
Landcom Award for Best Sustainable Development – New Buildings VIC Burwood Brickworks Shopping Centre Frasers Property Australia
Hames Sharley Award for Best Shopping Centre Development VIC Burwood Brickworks Shopping Centre Frasers Property Australia
Procore Award for Development Innovation ACT Australian Embassy Development Global Project Solutions Pty Ltd
Woods Bagot Award for Best Public Building VIC State Library Victoria Vision 2020 Redevelopment Built
S4B Award for Best Heritage Development VIC State Library Victoria Development Victoria
Colliers Award for Best Office Development NSW Sixty Martin Place Investa Office Development
Shape Award for Best Tourism & Leisure Development NSW CommBank Stadium Venues NSW
GHDWoodhead Award for Best Workplace Project NSW Axle, South Eveleigh Mirvac
Suburban Land Agency Award for Best Affordable Housing Development NSW Pacific Gateway, Glendale NSW Pacific Link Housing Limited
InfraBuild Award for Best Mixed Use Development SA U City Woods Bagot
LJ Hooker Commercial Award for Best Business or Industrial Park NSW Sydney Business Park Sydney Business Park
RCP Award for Government Leadership QLD COHORT Economic Development Queensland (Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning)
EPM Projects Award for Best Master Planned Community NSW Fairwater Frasers Property Australia
PEXA Award for Project Innovation NSW BindiMaps Stockland
KONE Award for Best Sustainable Development – Existing Buildings ACT Greenway Views FDC Construction & Fitout (ACT) Pty Ltd
Parkview Award for Best Residential Development VIC Lt. Miller & Nightingale Brunswick East ClarkeHopkinsClarke
Bridge 42 Award for Future Leader of the Year QLD Lisa Hinde GBCA
Rork Projects Award for Diversity < 250 Employees NSW Roberts Co Roberts Co
FDC Award for Diversity > 250 Employees VIC GJK Facility Services & GJK Indigenous Solutions GJK Facility Services & GJK Indigenous Solutions

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