2015 BANKSIA SUSTAINABILITY IN DESIGN AWARD

2015 WINNERS

BANKSIA SUSTAINABILITY IN DESIGN, BUILD AWARD, A. BUILDINGS, LANDSCAPES AND INFRASTRUCTURE

 

 

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Finalists

Sustain Me Group
Sustain Me Group, VIC

Robotics for sustainable row crop farming
ACFR, The University of Sydney, NSW

Southern Oil Refining: Northern Oil Refinery
Southern Oil Refining, QLD

 

 

Winner

Barangaroo Reserve by Lendlease
Lendlease, NSW

Barangaroo Reserve is Sydney’s newest and most spectacular public space.
The sprawling six-hectare headland park is set amongst naturalistic bushland and features a spectacular sandstone foreshore, designed the mimic the original 1836 headland.

The challenge of recreating a naturalistic headland has rarely been attempted anywhere else in the world, let alone in a city the size of Sydney and on the world’s best known harbour.

From the outset, Barangaroo Delivery Authority (BDA) and Lendlease committed to providing a development that would be a world leader in sustainability. The design includes the utilisation of innovation solutions which produce zero carbon, zero waste, sustainable transport and materials and the minimisation of potable water.
A major facet of meeting these requirements included the reuse of 98 per cent of material excavated on site, the reuse of rainwater and seepage/stormwater for irrigation, the planting of more than 75,000 plants native to Sydney in specially manufactured soil and the incorporation of State significant heritage elements into the final design.

Lendlease’s project team also applied a socially responsible attitude to the environment during the four year construction period, with monitoring of dust, air quality and asbestos, as well as turbidity control in place throughout the entire project.

The opening of the park in August 2015 represents the return of the site to the people of NSW for the first time in more than 100 years. The end result is a magnificent public space that accurately references the site’s original form and rich Indigenous history.

 

B. PRODUCTS FOR THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

 

 

Finalists

Bairnsdale Library
NOWarchitecture, VIC

Canberra Airport’s Airvolution
Canberra Airport, ACT

Regional Rail Link
Regional Rail Link Authority, VIC

 

Winner

Fieldtech Solutions
Fieldtech Solutions, VIC

The over use of plastic is a serious problem in almost all parts of our economy. Within the Contaminated Land industry, considerable plastic waste is generated during groundwater and soil sampling. The irony is the industry is adding to this environmental plastics problem while trying to be stewards of our lands. Many of the products are used only once for a few minutes then land filled. These one‐off‐use products will still be here in three hundred plus years. Our philosophy is to not leave the plastic products used by this generation for future generations.

Fieldtech Solutions (FTS) was started to redesign and remanufacture these
same products using more responsible or sustainable materials. We now manufacture both in Australia and overseas, most of the one‐off‐use consumable items using biodegradable plastics that will biodegrade in a landfill. While traditional plastic items will last many hundreds of years once thrown away, products made by FTS will biodegrade 95% faster. For some products this equates to only a few years.The industry also uses products which require a longer service life where biodegradable materials are not suitable. FTS makes these products from recycled plastic, and saves resources by avoiding the need for new plastic from fossil fuels.