Innovation Campus, located in Wollongong NSW, has won the Bluescope Buildings Award for Best Business and Industrial Park at the 2011 Property Council of Australia/ Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards.
Developed and owned by the University of Wollongong, the 135,000sqm business and research park has been designed to strengthen ties between the University, global industry and community.
Property Council of Australia CEO Peter Verwer announced the Innovation and Excellence Awards winners at the Gala Awards dinner, held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday 14th May 2011.
Mr Verwer said, “the Innovation Campus fulfils the need for A Grade commercial space in Illawarra and is attracting Australian and international companies to the region.”
“Set on 33 hectares in North Wollongong, the Innovation Campus features a best practice master plan, energy efficient design, gym and cafe, all within close proximity to the Wollongong CBD, beachfront and public transport,” he said.
The development was chosen from a field of six world-class category finalists from across the country.
“The Innovation and Excellence Awards provides an opportunity for our industry to acknowledge and showcase excellence in the built environment, whilst heralding the achievements of our key professionals,” Mr Verwer continued.
“The Awards program spans landmark projects over 14 separate categories in addition to nine future leaders. The calibre of this year’s Awards winners is a true testament to the resilience of the Australian property industry and our key stakeholders.”
Bob Richardson, NSW Managing Director of Rider Levett Bucknall commented, “To date, over $200 million has been invested in state-of-the-art research, teaching, recreational and commercial facilities.”
“As at 31 March 2011, Innovation Park consists of four completed buildings housing the Sydney Business School, Australian Institute of Innovative Materials, Institute of Transnational and Maritime Security, the University of Wollongong’s Digital Media Facility, and a broad range of commercial tenants,” he said.
Some key facts on the project:
Owner, developer and nominated by: University of Wollongong
Architect: Graham Bell Bowman
Key tenants: Sydney Business School, Australian Institute of Innovative Materials, Institute of Transnational and Maritime Security, + broad range of commercial tenants
Size: 33 hectares
For further information, please contact:
Ken Morrison, Chief Operating Officer, Property Council of Australia on 02 9033 1919 or 0412 233 715