Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ development, Barangaroo South, has won two awards at the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) National Awards for Excellence ceremony 2018. The project won the President’s Award and the Environmental Excellence award.
The awards recognise outstanding achievements of high quality developments, and celebrate Australia’s contemporary knowledge, skills, and innovation in the urban development industry.
Barangaroo South is the largest piece of urban city-making in Sydney since the 2000 Olympics. The development has regenerated an entire downtown district, connecting the city with the harbour and enabling access to the waterfront for the first time. RSHP’s masterplan, developed for LendLease, provides high-quality public space, a new ferry terminal, hotels, and retail and commercial elements. The three International Towers Sydney, also designed by RSHP, form the development’s centrepiece, opening out over Sydney Harbour on a fan-shaped grid, creating a new front door to the downtown area.
Barangaroo South was also designed to be Sydney’s biggest carbon-neutral district. Everything from the shape of the grid to the louvres on the outside of International Towers to the materials used in the development aims to provide environmental benefits, and there are three times more bike parking spaces than car parking spaces provided within the development.
Discussing the awards, Avtar Singh Lotay, managing director of RSHP’s Australia office, said: “As part of the entire team, we are delighted to have won these awards. They highlight the critical importance of good design and what it can bring to a development of this scale and significance. We are very proud of the work we have done at Barangaroo South over the past 10 years, and to see the changes that have been made to Sydney’s CBD extending westwards. The old container port has now been replaced by a dynamic and thriving new western precinct.”
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Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners is an international architectural practice based in London. Over the past four decades, RSHP has attracted critical acclaim and awards with built projects across Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australia.
The practice is experienced in designing a wide range of building types including: office, residential, transport, education, culture, leisure, retail, civic and healthcare. The quality of its designs has been recognised with some of architecture’s highest awards, including two RIBA Stirling Prizes, one in 2006 for Terminal 4, Madrid Barajas Airport and the other in 2009 for Maggie’s West London Centre.
The firm was founded as the Richard Rogers Partnership in 1977 but over time evolved and in 2007 the decision was made to rename the firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners to reflect the vital contributions of Graham Stirk, designer of the award-winning Leadenhall Building, and Ivan Harbour, designer of the Stirling prize winning West London Maggie’s Centre. The practice now has 13 partners, with several long-standing members of the practice being named partners in 2015. Together, they represent the inherent continuity and consistency of the philosophy which the practice applies to all its work.