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Winners: Awards of Excellence for extraordinary tall buildings

Jennifer Shand Jennifer Shand Australasia Press Office,Sydney
22 March 2021

Seven landmark buildings in the Australasia Region which were created with Arup expertise, have won global Awards of Excellence.

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Awards recognise extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment and achieving sustainability at the highest and broadest level. They represent the best qualities and innovations, especially those that have the greatest impact on the people who use them each day. 

Arup was deeply involved in creating two buildings which received recognition in the 10 Year Award category – Marina Bay Sands, now an internationally-recognised symbol of Singapore, and the distinctive 1 Bligh Street in Sydney.

For Marina Bay Sands, Arup was responsible for multidisciplinary engineering including advanced works, infrastructure, structural, civil, fire and geotechnical engineering, building physics, maritime engineering, traffic, lighting design, façade and acoustic consulting and risk management.

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, at night Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, at night
The iconic Marina Bay Sands at night

Working alongside industry leaders on these standout projects, creating striking enjoyable places in our great cities, has been a privilege. ”

Cameron Dymond NSW and ACT Commercial Property Leader

1 Bligh Street in Sydney, with its spectacular 30-storey atrium, set new standards for sustainability and innovation in high-rise development in Australia. The Arup team provided structural, mechanical and façade engineering and design, as well as building envelope and sustainable building design.

271 Spring Street Melbourne won an Excellence Award for Best Tall Building under 100 metres. A successful modern workplace, it is located on a constrained site (over an underground rail line and an electricity sub-station) and integrates two heritage buildings. Arup was MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing), structural, acoustics, civil, traffic and vertical transportation engineer.

Street view of 271 Spring Street, Melbourne, day time Street view of 271 Spring Street, Melbourne, day time
The striking tower integrates with the heritage site at 271 Spring Street Melbourne

Sixty Martin Place Sydney is eye-catching because its relationship with its next-door neighbour, the heritage-listed Saint Stephen’s Uniting Church. It won Excellence Awards for Best Tall Building 100-199 metres, Façade Engineering and Interior Spaces. Arup contributed to the MEP and fire engineering.

 

60 Martin Place Sydney looking up at sky over Saint Stephen’s Uniting Church 60 Martin Place Sydney looking up at sky over Saint Stephen’s Uniting Church
Sixty Martin Place Sydney cantilevers above its neighbour, the heritage-listed Saint Stephen’s Uniting Church

One Barangaroo Place, now Sydney’s tallest building, won an Excellence Award in the 200-299 metres category. A visual landmark, its twisting sculptural form catches the light in different ways throughout the day. Arup was the façade consultant.

80 Collins Street Melbourne received the Structural Engineering Award for Excellence. The new office tower with hotel and retail, and a renovated commercial building, sit on a constrained complex site with heritage buildings. Arup was the façade consultant for the faceted glass exterior.

Facade with exterior Baker Brace exoskeleton at 100 Mount Street, North Sydney Facade with exterior Baker Brace exoskeleton at 100 Mount Street, North Sydney

100 Mount Street, North Sydney has an exterior Baker Brace exoskeleton which has earned it an Excellence Award for Innovation. Arup provided building services, civil, waste, acoustic, fire safety and specialist lighting design services. 

Across the globe, Arup has been involved in 31 2020/2021 Excellence Award-winning projects selected by the Council. Overall category winners will be announced in May.