City's design excellence awarded

A spectacular haul of prestigious architecture and design awards this fortnight underlines our commitment to design excellence.

Our staff work with truly excellent architects, designers and builders to create beautiful, functional and sustainable public spaces and buildings for people who live, work and visit the city.

The transformation of Angel Place, Ash Place, Little Hay Street, Factory Street and Kimber Lane - in collaboration with ASPECT Studios - won the Planning Institute of Australia's Award for Urban Design.

Collins and Turner Architects' incredible work on our Waterloo Youth, Family and Community Centre won the state's oldest public architecture prize, the Sir John Sulman Medal and the NSW Architecture Award of Sustainable Architecture.

This unique building is home to WEAVE, an organisation that provides services and support to many young people from the Waterloo and Redfern area. Creating such a splendid home is a clear and emphatic statement that the City values young people.

As part of the NSW Architecture Awards, our first Lord Mayor's Prize went to Darling Quarter. The design by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT) with ASPECT Studios and Lend Lease also earned the Lloyd Rees Award for Urban Design, the Sir Arthur J. Stephenson Award for Commercial Architecture and the Milo Dunphy Award for Sustainable Architecture.

The redesign of Pitt Street Mall by the City's senior design manager Maren Perry and project manager Russell Kosko, along with Tony Caro Architecture, won a NSW Architecture Award for Urban Design.

This commitment to excellence and attention to detail would simply not be possible under the proposed changes to planning laws and local government in NSW.

I congratulate City staff and our industry partners on these successes.

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