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Proud Sponsors and Winners: 2013 Property Council of Australia’s Innovation and Excellent Awards

For the second year in a row, WSP were proud sponsors of the WSP Best Sustainable Development: New Building Award at the 2013 Property Council of Australia’s Innovation and Excellent Awards.

 

For the second year in a row, WSP were proud sponsors of the WSP Best Sustainable Development: New Building Award at the 2013 Property Council of Australia’s Innovation and Excellent Awards.

This year’s category had six nominated projects and the lucky winner was Lend Lease’s Darling Quarter and Commonwealth Bank Place development in Sydney. The award was presented by WSP’s Asia Pacific, Managing Director, Andrew Mather.

Perth Arena Coutesy of Greg HockingWSP were proud to be nominated for two of their ground- breaking projects; the Perth Arena nominated for the award for Innovation;  and  the Robert Marsden Hope Building, 2 National Circuit in Canberra WON the award for the Best Heritage Development.

“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.

This 6000m2 commercial office building, originally constructed in 1939, is a heritage listed building. The refurbishment included integrated base building upgrade and fitout with the building owner, ISPT, and the government tenant. The project was completed in September 2011 and was officially opened by Prime Minister Julia Gillard in December 2011 and last year achieved a 5 Star Green Star Office Design v2.

WSP provided mechanical, electrical, hydraulic and fire services. Architectural lighting design by WSP Vision Design and environmental sustainable design was provided by WSP Built Ecology.

Robert Marsden Hope BuildingTo achieve the green star rating the design incorporated the following environmental aspects:

  • Triple Glazed windows. As a heritage building the façade had to be maintained. With the poor performance parameters in heritage glazing, a bespoke double glazed unit was retrofitted onto the existing internal pane of glazing. The triple glazed result achieved very high performance parameters.
  • Building Information Modelling. A BIM model has been completed for the 2 storey development which will assist in the efficient management of the facilities.
  • Transportation.  The development achieved 100% of the points allowed with inclusion of cycle facilities for staff and visitors and spaces for small cars and other fuel efficient modes of transport.
  • Improved working environment. The lighting design with a power density of 2.0W/m2/100Lux,is a 50% improvement on outside air rates stipulated by AS1668.2-1991, carbon dioxide monitoring and control.

Managing Director of Rider Levett Bucknall, Mark Chappe, says “the RM Hope Building sets a high benchmark for future heritage projects in Australia.” WSP are honoured to have been involved in such a remarkable project in Australian history.