In close partnership with our clients, we have continued to deliver bold impacts for our cities and communities through many extraordinary projects. While I have my highlights, I was interested to hear from our future leaders on the world they want to inherit and how they believe we can ensure it happens.
The key themes that came back from our Emerging Leaders Group were health and wellbeing, quality of life, innovation, changing lifestyle and future proofing. Some of the projects highlighted include:
- Herston Quarter in Brisbane that aims to deliver one of the city’s largest health and wellbeing precincts;
- The ground-breaking Atlassian Headquarters the pinnacle of Sydney’s future Central Station tech precinct;
- One of Australia’s most significant and dynamic innovation precincts, Westmead Health and Innovation District;
- The Victorian Government’s fast tracking of multiple projects to aid in the COVID-19 crisis including Southbank by Beulah, that plans to establish a new standard for urban regeneration, design excellence and cultural innovation;
- The future proofing of Western Australia’s rail infrastructure with METRONET;
- Brisbane’s Queen’s Wharf that will dramatically reshape the city and enliven and integrate the public realm; and
- The revitalisation of Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium that will secure the venues global reputation as a central hub for sporting events, concerts and entertainment.
All these themes and responses reflect the objective of our ‘Mission Fit Cities’ white paper that our new urban strategy team, Future State released – taking a deep dive analysis of our cities’ strengths, challenges and opportunities. We know that our cities offer us the greatest potential for growth in a post-pandemic future, but we need to achieve a strategy that is globally aware as well as nationally responsive.
Along with the Property Council of Australia, we launched ‘Planning to Prosper’ a comprehensive report demonstrating how quick planning reforms can improve the productivity of the residential development sector in the short term, aiding pandemic recovery with 39,200 additional jobs. We also launched our second Build-to-Rent paper alongside Allens that outlines the simple steps that will both accelerate the BTR sector and help safeguard a sizeable portion of the 750,000 jobs that currently rely on housing construction in Australia.
Embracing digital technology, we partnered with industry to deliver engaging webinars to our clients and peers including exploring the value of place, healthy placemaking, smart cities and digital engagement as well as hosted sessions on our COVID-19 house views and Federal and State Budget insights. Our signature event of the year was our ‘Mission Fit Melbourne’ webinar that we held as Victoria emerged from their 112-day lockdown and brought together speakers from around the world to explore the future opportunities for the city and how they can recover and thrive.