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Arup people and projects recognised at 2019 Consult Australia awards

Jennifer Shand Jennifer Shand Australasia Press Office,Sydney
28 October 2019

Arup enjoyed success at the Consult Australia Awards on 24 October, winning one Highly Commended and three Gold Awards, as well as taking the coveted title of Large Firm of the Year. 

Held annually, the awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of Consult Australia’s member firms to the industry and community. 

This is the second year in a row that Arup has been honoured with the Large Firm of the Year accolade. We also took out this category in 2016. 

The Green Square Library and Plaza was awarded Gold in the Design Innovation category. A testament to the outstanding innovation behind the success of the precincts newest addition, Green Square Library has become an oasis for the whole community. 

Located in a former marshland and below the water table, our global expertise – across 16 engineering disciplines – was vital in transforming the architects’ below-ground vision into a reality and overcoming the challenges associated with constructing underground in this marsh-like environment. Arup provided a wide range of services including structural, civil, facades, mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, fire, ESD, traffic, acoustic, lighting, security, waste, AV and IT. 

Our global knowledge in underground structures, and clever engineering initiatives overcome the complexities that went towards ensuring this underground library was waterproof and safe, and mitigated the client’s concerns around constructing a library underground in this environment. It is a civil and structural engineering feat to have an underground library in a previously contaminated, reclaimed swamp. ”

Cameron Dymond Australasia Commercial Property Leader

Kerryn Coker, Australasia Region Board Member and NSW Building Specialists Team Leader, received the Champions of Change Female Leadership award. The award is a testament to Kerryn’s technical and strategic leadership as well as her commitment to future female leaders.

As part of the leadership cohort responsible for the region wide business of 2,500 staff, Kerryn plays an integral role in the direction and future successes of the business. She is responsible for the Board sustainability portfolio, implementing the global sustainability strategy with the UN Sustainable Development Goals at its core. 


Kerryn’s appointment to the Australasia Region Board is a recognition of her leadership qualities, high levels of strategic thinking and a drive to deliver technical excellence within the industry. She is a passionate advocate for female leadership and equality within STEM, a true role model for our next generation of engineers. ”

Peter Chamley Peter Chamley Chair, Australasia Region

Arup and Investa’s collaboration on the newly opened Barrack Place, 151 Clarence Street, in Sydney’s CBD was honoured with a Highly Commended in the Project Team Collaboration category. The award recognises the joint initiatives and innovations which have seen the commercial development set a new industry standard for health, wellness and comfort.  

“There was a clear alignment between Investa’s vision for a workplace with exceptional wellness, amenity and connectivity for its tenants and their employees and our own aspirations for our new Sydney home,” said Andrew Pettifer, NSW Buildings Leader.

It was this alignment and focus on delivering the best possible workplace for occupants that created a ‘one team’ culture and drove innovation for the benefit of those people who now work at and visit the building. 

Barrack Place sets a new benchmark for office development through its considered design – one that links back to the past yet caters for the needs of next generation workforces – with health, connectivity and flexibility at its core. ” Mark Tait Group Executive and Head of Commercial Development, Investa

Receiving the Gold Award in the Future Leader category, Richard Stokes has demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to Arup, the industry and the wider community. He is an advocate for better sustainable building design and uses parametric modelling and data visualisation to lead to better outcomes for projects and clients.

Richard has worked in the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and Australia. He is Deputy Chair of the Australian Passive House Association as well as an active and regular presenter at conferences across Australia including Green Building Day, TEMC, the Future of HVAC and Green Cities. 


Richard is a huge asset to our team. He is constantly receiving glowing feedback on his approach from clients and stakeholders – both internal and external. With Richard’s rigour, focus and passion, I have no doubt he will continue to make a meaningful impact on his colleagues and the industry – a humble leader shaping a more sustainable future for our community. ” Samantha Peart Samantha Peart Former Sustainability Lead, Vic/SA

Former CEO and Chair of Arup’s Australasia Region, David Singleton was honoured with the Consult Australia President’s Award. Awarded annually by the Consult Australia President, the award is in recognition of a person who has provided extensive and significant contribution to the industry; typically to someone who has undertaken a wide range of roles across their career. 

David’s career with Arup spanned more than 40 years and in 2018 he was recognised in the Australia Day honours as a Member of the Order of Australia for “significant service to engineering”.