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This award recognises excellence in a new or refurbished public building.

A public building is a building used for public visitation or occupied for the delivery of services to the community (whether or not it is owned by government) such as (but not limited to) healthcare, education, community facilities, sporting facilities, public infrastructure, art gallery or museum.

Eligible entrants were developments or refurbishments that had been completed in the previous five years, had been operating for at least one year as at 31 December 2013 and have not previously won the award.

 Woods Bagot Award for Best Public Building Finalists (14 finalists)

Name of Development State Owner Nominator
Adelaide Desalination Plant and Kauwi Interpretive Centre SA
South Australian Water Corporation
Central Coast Regional Cancer Centre
NSW Health and Central Coast Area Health Service
Hansen Yuncken Pty Ltd
Eastern Plaza
Melbourne & Olympic Parks Trust
Major Projects Victoria
Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre (GESAC)
Glen Eira City Council
Glen Eira City Council
Jewish Care
Jewish Care
JPR Architects Pty Ltd
Materials and Minerals Sciences Research Building (M2 Building)
University of South Australia
Hansen Yuncken & University of South Australia
Milson Island Indoor Sports Stadium
Sport and Recreation NSW
Allen Jack+Cottier Architects
Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law
QLD Government, Department of Justice & Attorney General
QUT Science & Engineering Precinct
Queensland University of Technology
VIC RMIT University, Property Services
RMIT University, Property Services
Royal Randwick Grandstands
Australian Turf Club
Australian Turf Club, fitzpatrick+partners & Woods Bagot
The Braggs
The University of Adelaide
The University of Adelaide
'The Infinity Centre' Penleigh & Essendon Grammar Senior School
Penleigh & Essendon Grammar School
McBride Charles Ryan
The John Kaldor Family Gallery - Art Gallery of NSW
Art Gallery of NSW
PTW Architects


Woods Bagot is a global design and consulting firm, with a team of over 850 people working across Australia, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and North America. The firm's unique 'Global Studio' philosophy drives unprecedented knowledge sharing and true collaboration across time zones, producing innovative, inspired and functional design solutions. Underpinning Woods Bagot's knowledge culture is Public, the firm's research arm, created in collaboration with leading thinkers and academics. Specialising in five key sectors - Aviation and Transport; Education; Science and Health; Lifestyle; Sport; and Workplace - Woods Bagot's diverse portfolio spans more than 140 years, a legacy of design excellence.

RMIT Swanston Academic Building (VIC)
Owned and nominated by RMIT University, Property Services

The Swanston Academic Building is a world-class learning and teaching facility in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. Its sustainable and innovative design has been praised by students, staff and visitors, and has won several prestigious industry awards since the SAB’s opening in July 2012.

The facility demonstrates RMIT’s commitment to design excellence, and its unique vision of a ‘generation next’ vertical campus as well as break new ground in learning space innovation.