ULI announces 13 winners of its 2020 Asia Pacific Awards for Excellence

Thirteen outstanding real estate development projects from across the Asia Pacific region have been selected as winners of the 2020 Urban Land Institute (ULI) Asia Pacific Awards for Excellence.

The ULI Asia Pacific Awards for Excellence programme recognises the full development process of a project, not just its architecture and design. Projects and programmes are evaluated according to the extent to which they:

  • achieve marketplace acceptance/financial success;
  • achieve a high standard of excellence across all disciplines—architecture, design, planning, construction, amenities, economics, and management, etc.;
  • demonstrate relevance to the contemporary and future needs of the community in which they are located;
  • have a positive impact in their communities and/or immediate context;
  • exhibit environmental sustainability, stewardship, and resilience; and
  • provide models, lessons, strategies, or techniques that other communities can replicate or adapt.

The winners, each of which demonstrates a comprehensive level of quality and a forward-looking approach to development and design, include four projects in China, two from Hong Kong SAR, two in Australia, two in Singapore and one each in India, Japan and New Zealand.

The winners (in alphabetical order) are:

  1. Block Sixteen Creative Park – Nanshan District, Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China
  2. Dasha River Ecological Corridor – Nanshan District, Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China
  3. EY Centre – Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  4. Funan – Singapore
    (Developer: CapitaLand Mall Trust, Ascott-Qatar Investment Authoriity, Global Fund; Designers: Woods Bagot, RSP Architects Planners & Engineers (Pte) Limited)
  5. Jinsong Community’s Urban Renewal Project – Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
  6. K11 ATELIER King’s Road – Hong Kong SAR, China
    (Developer: New World Development Company Limited; Designers: P & T Architects & Engineers Ltd, P Landscape Co Ltd, ESKYIU Limited, Sirius Lighting (HK) Limited, Speirs + Major LLP.)
  7. Mason Bros – Wynyard Quarter, Auckland, New Zealand
  8. New Futura – Singapore
    (Developer: City Developments Limited; Designers: SOM, ADDP Architects)
  9. Nihonbashi Muromachi Mitsui Tower – Nihonbashi, Tokyo, Japan
  10. RMZ Ecoworld – Bangalore, Karnataka State, India
  11. Taikoo Place – Hong Kong SAR, ChinaExpected to be completed in 2018, One Taikoo Place will provide a total gross floor area of 1 million square feet
    (Developer: Swire Properties; Designers: Hugh Dutton & Associates, Gustafson Porter + Bowman, Wong and Ouyang (HK) Limited)
  12. THE HUB – MinHang District, Shanghai, China
  13. Yagan Square – Perth, Western Australia

This year, the ULI Asia Pacific Awards for Excellence winners were announced at the ULI Asia Pacific REImagine virtual forum on 2 September, bringing together real estate professionals from around the world.

“The ULI Asia Pacific Awards for Excellence have gone from strength-to-strength since the inaugural competition last year,” said Ame Engelhart, ULI trustee and jury chair, who is a director of Skidmore, Owings, Merrill. “We received our highest number of entries, and the calibre of the projects keeps getting better and better which made it particularly difficult to narrow the competition to thirteen winners. The projects that the jury have selected represent a broad mix of development typologies and the wide diversity of the real estate market across the Asia Pacific region.”

In addition to Engelhart, the 2020 ULI Asia Pacific Awards for Excellence Jury members were Rebecca Cheng, KPF; Donald Choi, Chinachem Group; Ong Choon Fah, Edmund Tie & Co; Gordon Hatton, Pembroke; Peter Holland, Cistri; Ko Iwahori, Acadia Capital/Mitsubishi Estate; Siew Leng Fun, URA; Roger Nelson, NH Architecture; Bob Pratt, Tishman Speyer; Yim Sang Hun, IGIS Asset Management; and Sylvester Wong, AECOM.

“The Asia Pacific region has some incredible development projects and we were delighted to showcase some of the best to a global audience. All the winners of this year’s award demonstrate best practice in land use and continue to push the industry forward while putting people first,” said Nicholas Brooke, chairman of ULI Asia Pacific.

David Faulkner, who joined ULI Asia Pacific as president in August, said that the awards are an example of how ULI is helping all companies involved in the real estate industry to learn from exemplar developments being built across the region and to aim even higher in the future.

“The projects that have been selected as winners of the ULI Asia Pacific Awards for Excellence can be tremendously proud of what they have achieved and we are enormously grateful for the time and effort that have gone in to all of the submissions as part of the process and for the tireless work of our Jury members,” said Faulkner.

The international jury that selected the winning projects is made up of leading ULI members representing multidisciplinary real estate expertise, including finance, planning, development, design, and other professional services. — Construction+ Online