Sydney: Investa Property Group (“Investa”) has won a further two prestigious awards for its Ark-Coca-Cola Place (“Ark”) office building, at the New South Wales and national Property Council of Australia’s Rider Levett Bucknall 2011 Innovation and Excellence awards, winning  NSW Development of the Year and the national award for ‘Best New Sustainable Development.’“Winning both the NSW PCA Award for Development of the Year and  the National Best New Sustainable Development  of the year award is an achievement we are particularly proud of, and is testament to Investa’s commitment to developing buildings that lead the industry in design and construction quality as well as environmental performance,” said Mr Mark Tait, Senior Development Manager at Investa.

“With the building now the recipient of six awards , thanks must go to each member of the project team for their commitment and hard work in assisting us to deliver on our vision and objectives for the project,” said Mr Tait.

Jointly owned by Investa Property Group and Investa Commercial Property Fund (ICPF), the building is located at 40 Mount Street North Sydney, and incorporates a number of ‘green’ design features including tri-generation power supply and grey water recycling. Ark is also the first completed high-rise building in New South Wales to achieve the 6 Star Green Star Office Design and As Built ratings, and has been built to achieve a 5 Star NABERS Energy rating.

In addition, Australia’s first tri-generation precinct was switched on at Ark earlier this month, as a result of a landmark agreement between Investa and Origin, at an event officiated by several senior government officials including the NSW Minister for Resources and Energy, Hon Chris Hartcher, MP.

Containing 28,500 square metres of NLA over 21 floors, the $230 million project designed by Rice Daubney was built by Thiess, and has garnered much attention for its ground-breaking design features.

“Ark-Coca-Cola Place is an iconic building that has redefined the concept of the modern day office building by creating a highly efficient and functional workspace for its users. The innovative design combined with an impressive array of sustainable features is what distinguishes this development from others,” said Paul Reidy, Principal and Director of Design at Rice Daubney.

“Ark is what design excellence is all about – it is daring, iconic and a true landmark for Sydney,” said Mr Glenn Byres, NSW Executive Director of the Property Council.

In 2010, Ark was the recipient of the Urban Taskforce Development Excellence Award for Development of the Year, the Environmental Development Award in the API NSW Excellence in Property Award, as well as two prestigious Master Builders Association (MBA) New South Wales Excellence in Building and Construction Awards in the Best Use of Glass and Energy Efficiency categories.