VCCC has won the Victorian Architecture Medal at the 017 Victorian Architecture Awards

VCCC wins top award at Victorian Architecture Awards

Published 02 July 2017

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre has won two awards, including the top prize, the Victorian Architecture Medal, at the 2017 Victorian Architecture Awards.

Designed by an architectural team of Silver Thomas Hanley, DesignInc and McBride Charles Ryan (STHDI+MCR), the VCCC beat more than 200 entrants for the medal, and also won the William Wardell Award for Public Architecture.

Run by the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA), the annual awards recognise the best in Victorian architecture. Sixteen category winners were presented at a ceremony in Melbourne last week.

The AIA noted a strong showing of health projects at the awards was an acknowledgement by both government and the design profession of the importance of quality design environments in ensuring positive health-related outcomes.

The jury noted in a world where research institutes and cancer hospitals compete to attract the best researchers, the architecture assists in establishing a compelling image for the VCCC.

The VCCC was described as a handsome new addition to Victoria’s notable public buildings, becoming a magnet for the world’s best cancer researchers and is testament to the skill and imagination of STHDI+MCR.

“It is an exemplary building which will serve the Victorian community for decades to come,” the jury noted.

AIA Victorian Chapter President Vanessa Bird said this year’s awards winners focused on designing healthy, liveable spaces.

“Living and working in well-designed buildings influences the way we think and feel,” Ms Bird said.

“It inspires and uplifts us, promotes wellbeing and health and can bring us together in new ways. The value of good architecture is about creating places for people.”

This is the second Plenary project to have won the Victorian Architecture Medal with the Melbourne Convention Centre claiming the prize in 2010.

Winners go on to compete in the National Architecture Awards, to be announced in Canberra in November.

View the Australian Institute of Architects media release.

About the VCCC

The A$1 billion VCCC is a purpose-built centre-of-excellence for cancer research, treatment, education and care located in the prestigious Melbourne Biomedical Precinct.

It is home to cancer research, clinical services and educational facilities for Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne Health and the University of Melbourne.

Delivered under a public-private partnership, the Victorian Government contracted the Plenary Health consortium – comprising Plenary Group, the Grocon PCL builder joint venture and Honeywell – to design, build, finance and maintain the project for 25 years.

After four-and-a-half years of construction the VCCC successfully opened to staff and patients on time and on budget in June 2016.


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