Award for Best Heritage Development


This award recognises innovation excellence in heritage related development or adaptive reuse projects. The award recognises outstanding conservation projects, adaptive reuse of existing buildings/sites or high-quality infill development within an historic context.


Eligible heritage projects must be listed on a local, state or national or world heritage register. Projects involving the renewal of historic precincts that are listed or contain listed buildings are also eligible.


Eligible entrants will be projects that have been operating for at least one year as at 31 December 2019 and have not previously won the award. 

The award is open to members of the Property Council of Australia only. (Note: Nominated companies must be a Property Council of Australia member in the state where the project is located). Innovation in your responses should be clearly expressed.

2019 Category Winner

Palais Theatre Redevelopment (VIC)
Owned by Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and nominated by Development Victoria

Constructed in 1927, the now 90 year old Palais Theatre is a Melbourne treasure with economic, architectural, historical and cultural significance.

The collaborate investment of around 20 million dollars was made by the Victorian State Government and City of Port Phillip. The repair and refurbishment works addressed the building’s critical maintenance and refurbishment issues, and was repainted in its original colour – a sand tone consistent with the building’s c.1927 finish. These works were critical to securing the long-term future of the Palais Theatre as a live performance venue.

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