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    Woods Bagot and Tridente triumph at global architecture awards for adaptive reuse

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    Woods Bagot and Tridente Architects have taken a category prize at the world’s largest architecture awards program for the redevelopment of a former Adelaide car plant.

    The Tonsley Main Assembly Building and Pods at Tonsley Park, Adelaide took out the 2015 World Architecture News (WAN) Award for Adaptive Reuse, chosen from more than 60 international projects and selected from a six-strong shortlist.

    Now in its eighth year, the WAN Awards have evolved into the world’s largest international architectural awards programme. The program is unique in that it is delivered in two month cycles over the course of the year and is split into five major categories as well as 16 Specialist categories.

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    Woods Bagot Director Thomas Masullo says the “globally significant award” was testament to Woods Bagot’s commitment to design excellence.

    “The Tonsley redevelopment represents another South Australian project that is world class in its ambitions, setting a new benchmark for sustainable urban regeneration projects,” he explains.

    “Tonsley has created an environment that fosters innovation co-located with industry, universities, TAFE and SME’s – it is a symbol of the knowledge economy.”

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    Renewal SA Tonsley Project Director Richard McLachlan notes quality design was a primary consideration in Tonsley’s development.

    “Our focus has been on delivering an inclusive destination for people and businesses, where quality design and sustainability is the cornerstone for the intelligent mixed-use precinct,” he says.

    With the original plan to demolish the former Mitsubishi site, the architects instead identified benefits to retaining the existing structure, resulting in an urban renewal project without precedent.

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    The Tonsley Main Assembly Building and Pods project is an interconnected and intelligent mixed-use precinct which supports clean technologies, sustainable industries, advanced manufacturing, education and research.

    The design aimed to activate land that would have otherwise been of low value, provide economic and environmental benefits and create a strong brand identity for a building rich in historical importance for South Australia.

    Silt Apartments by Australia’s Bureau Proberts is currently being considered for the 2015 WAN Award for Residential design, due to be announced on 26 January 2016.

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