Leaders in heritage, design and conservation were acknowledged at tonight’s annual Ipswich City Council Awards for Excellence.
The ceremony at the Ipswich Corporate Centre recognised individuals, companies and organisations who are committed to promoting and producing excellence in the design of new developments, the conservation of built heritage and the natural environment, and academically at local schools.
The awards were well supported by all sectors of the development industry, from small scale renovators to some of the nation’s largest corporations.
Planning, Development and Heritage Committee Chairman Councillor Andrew Antoniolli congratulated the overall winners from the following categories:
Heritage: Jason Low for the restoration of Goleby House 197, 199-203 Brisbane Street, Ipswich.
Design: Fulton Trotter Architects, St Mary’s College and Sommer & Staff for the St Mary’s College Riverside Precinct at Mary Street, Woodend.
Environment: Cribb Street Childcare for Cribbtopia.
Student: Karl Rosenberg, Ben Maynard and Kate Pitty from Ipswich Grammar School for Sometimes it takes an Ordinary Somebody to do Something Extraordinary.
“These award-winning projects are examples of the excellent work which continues in the design and construction of new developments and the conservation of heritage places throughout Ipswich,” Cr Antoniolli said.
“The development community continues to invest in Ipswich – one of the nation’s top five growth regions and Queensland’s fastest growing local government area.
“It’s important to acknowledge the changing face of our city as well as the work by students from all levels of education that promote and examine the culture, environment and heritage of Ipswich.”
Mayor Paul Pisasale said the awards reflected council’s commitment to sustainable development and heritage conservation.
“Forward-thinking developers, investors and renovators are doing some really innovative things with new buildings while working out ways to adaptively reuse historic properties,” he said.
“You only have to walk around the CBD to see how our heritage buildings are being transformed into something special.
“They’re becoming unique destinations in their own right – places for the community to meet, eat and do business.”
The Ipswich City Council Awards for Excellence were launched in 1992 to recognise, promote and reward excellence in the design and construction of new developments and the conservation of heritage places throughout Ipswich.