Five winners and six runners-up have been crowned at the 2018 Urban Design Awards. 

This year's winners include a new hospital in Bendigo, the transformation of a former hospital site in Sydney, a design guide for central Melbourne and an urban design framework for level crossing removal.

"Australia faces many challenges in a rapidly changing world: population change, climate change, the transition of energy production from fossil fuels to renewables, transport, affordable living and sustainability," says Bill Chandler, chair of the 2018 Australian urban Design Awards jury. 

"These are serious issues and urban design has a major role to play in creatively addressing them." 

Full list of winners:

Built projects - city and regional scale

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Bendigo Hospital. Photography by Peter Clarke

Award: Bendigo Hospital Project (VIC) by Silver Thomas Hanley with Bates Smart and Oculus

Commendation: Darling Harbour Transformation (NSW) by Hassell/Hassell and Populous

Commendation: Barangaroo South (NSW) by Aspect Oculus, Lendlease, Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners

Built Projects - local and neighbourhood scale 

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Former South Sydney Hospital site. Photography by Michael Nichols

Award: Former South Sydney Hospital site - Stage 1 (NSW) by City of Sydney with Peter Stutchbury Architecture, Design 5, JMD, Sprout Landscape Architecture, CAB, Fox Johnston, Jane Irwin Landscape Architects and CHROFI. 

Award: Main Street Barcaldine (QLD) by M3architecture and Brian Hooper Architect (architects in association).

Commendation: Railway Square (WA) by Place Laboratory.

Leadership, advocacy and research - city and regional scale

 Award: Central Melbourne Design Guide (VIC) by City of Melbourne

Award: Level Crossing Removal Authority Urban Design Framework (VIC) by Level Crossing Removal Authority. 

Commendation: Urban Choreography: Central Melbourne 1985 (VIC) by Kim Dovey, Rob Adams and Ronald Jones.

Leadership, advocacy and research - local and neighbourhood scale

No award given

Commendation: West Melbourne Structure Plan (VIC) by City of Melbourne

Commendation: The Living Knowledge Stream Design Guidance for Curtin University (WA) by Syrinx Environmental, Sync7, Dr. Noel Nannup.