North West Sydney
Willoughby City Council wins at NSW Planning Institute of Australia Awards
Held annually on World Town Planning Day and attended by the Minister for Planning, the NSW Planning Institute Awards acknowledges significant achievements for planning in NSW and recognises innovation, leadership and outstanding performance in the planning profession, and the importance of excellent planning in the community.
Through The Concourse, Willoughby City Council aimed to achieve the best use of the public land and deliver a facility wanted and needed by the community. After many years of planning, the project resulted in a public building that will provide for the community well into the future, including a 5000 square metre public library, performing arts facilities, support venues, outdoor space, retail and dining.
By integrating sustainability principles such as passive design, natural lighting in 30 per cent of the building and a 5000m3 detention water tank, The Concourse is designed to reduce water and energy consumption, providing comfort for the users of the building and minimising its impact on the environment.
The award follows Willoughby City Council’s recent wins including the prestigious Bluett Award, the United Nations Australia Award, the Local Government Cultural Award, the NSW LGMA Management Challenge Regional Award, and the Excellence in Infrastructure Award at the Stormwater NSW 2011 Awards.