With the large-scale commercial undergoing something of a factory reset, thought must now be directed towards how the sector recalibrates into a more sustainable, environmentally-conscious version of its current self.

The 2024 Sustainability Awards spotlight the big commercial builds via its Commercial Architecture (Large) category. Projects exceeding 500 sqm in floor size and falling within Class 5, 6, 7, or 8 building categories are eligible for entry. These projects set the standard for responsible development, blending functionality with sustainability.

The 2023 winner, Heritage Lanes, designed by Woods Bagot, epitomises this ethos. Nestled in Brisbane's CBD, this 35-storey marvel stands as a mixed-use commercial and retail development, embodying a harmonious blend of modernity and historical reverence. Formerly the site of the Brisbane Fruit and Produce Exchange, Heritage Lanes pays homage to its past while embracing a sustainable future.

Beyond its aesthetic appeal, Heritage Lanes serves as a vibrant community hub, boasting nine food and beverage outlets, a fitness studio, dining and event spaces, public art, and community facilities. Its design reflects Queensland's outdoor-centric lifestyle, offering a refreshing working environment that aligns with modern employees' desire for balance in a hybrid work setting.

Environmental sustainability is at the core of Heritage Lanes' design. The building surpasses its initial sustainability targets, earning acclaim as one of Australia's most intelligent and sustainable structures. It targets high standards across NABERS, WELL, and Green Star ratings, striving to be Net Zero Carbon in operations. Solar generation powers base building lighting, while electric heating replaces gas, and extensive end-of-trip facilities promote active or sustainable transport.

Network Architectural, a key sponsor of the 2024 Sustainability Awards, shares this commitment to sustainability. The company, known for its high-quality fa├žades and architectural finishes, has established itself as a leader in delivering environmentally friendly solutions. Their support underscores the importance of sustainable practices in large-scale commercial architecture.

The 2024 Sustainability Awards jury seeks projects that combine innovation, functionality, sustainability, and community impact. This is your chance to showcase your project and contribute to a greener, more sustainable future. Register now to be part of this transformative event.