Property Council of Australia recognition for 44 Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove Urban Village, Brisbane
17 February 2010
The Property Council of Australia has named Baulderstone's mixed-use development, 44 Musk Avenue at the Kelvin Grove Urban Village in Brisbane, among Australia's most outstanding developments.
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Baulderstone has been announced as a finalist in the Property Council of Australia Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation & Excellence Awards for the development management, design, construction and funding of the 20,000sqm Musk Avenue building.
The Property Council of Australia applauded Baulderstone for its innovation in mixed-use development and ability to overcome a range of obstacles relating to the mix of occupants including health services, indoor sports facilities, corporate offices and retail spaces.
The Australian Red Cross Blood Service Brisbane Operations Centre (Bloodbank) and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Health Faculty are the anchor tenants for the building and between them occupy more than 80% of the lettable space. The Bloodbank facility is a state of the art facility and currently the most modern of its kind in the country. QUT's Health Faculty is also cutting edge and came about through the University's desire for new and expanded clinical, human movement, sport and recreation facilities. The building is also home to Baulderstone's Queensland headquarters.
Stephen Green, Baulderstone's General Manager - Queensland, said he was grateful for the recognition his team has received for their hard work in constructing the mixed-use development.
"Baulderstone has been very proud of building such an important and challenging development for Brisbane and to be recognised by our industry peers through being a finalist in this award nomination is an honour," Mr Green said.
"44 Musk Avenue not only benefits the Kelvin Grove Urban Village, but with the Red Cross and QUT health services, it also helps the wider Brisbane community have access to state of the art health facilities.
"All stakeholders were openly consulted throughout the development, design and construction phases in order to deliver a successful project and we are extremely proud of the fact that we were able to bring such an important community facility on line some two months ahead of schedule.
"The Kelvin Grove precinct is booming and this project has enhanced the appeal of this area and the lifestyle of its residents. The location and amenity interested us so much that we moved the Queensland head office into the completed building as a demonstration of the confidence we have in this Urban Village precinct."
Mal McClelland, Development Director for Baulderstone in Queensland, said that working closely with key stakeholders to overcome challenges was imperative to the success of the project.
"We faced many challenges both in development and construction during the project including being sensitive to the scientific activities of the ARCBS and QUT's clinical requirements," Mr McClelland said.
"Highlights were in meeting Bloodbank's requirement as an Essential Service for post-disaster functionality as well as incorporating QUT's pool, gym and indoor sports court requirement into a viable commercial venture - this is where real innovation comes into play. "44 Musk Avenue is a clear example of what can be achieved when the building and development teams work alongside one another. The development team selected the site and then worked in tandem with the building division to win the preferred developer status and
then deliver the new facility in terms of design, base build construction, tenant fit-outs, commercial arrangements, funding and end sale to the ING Healthcare Fund."