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Conservatory wins national acclaim

Hines Property's Conservatory on Hindmarsh Square development has been recognised as Australia's best high density residential development.

The $65 million, 19-level mixed-use tower was honoured in the High Density Residential Development category at the Urban Development Institute of Australia's National Awards for Excellence in Sydney last night.

Conservatory on Hindmarsh Square also won the best High Density Residential Development and prestigious President's Award from the UDIA SA division in the state awards in September last year. UDIA is Australia's peak development industry body.

In referring the project to the national awards, the SA judges said Conservatory achieved new standards of sustainability and technology not previously applied on such a scale in a residential and office building in Australia.

Hines Property director Mr James Hines said UDIA's national recognition of the project was timely for the group as it looked to significantly expand its development activities this year.

"The awards are testament to the very high standards we set for Conservatory and our projects in general and we are pleased that our work has been acknowledged," he said.

The environmentally sensitive Conservatory on Hindmarsh project, which was completed late last year, was designed as Adelaide's first "green" high-rise residential and office complex.

Sustainable design features include photovolatiac solar cell technology, rainwater capture and re-use, a microturbine to provide on-site power generation and heat for residential hot water and pool heating, extensive double glazing and performance glazing, a built-in three-stream waste recycling system and high-efficiency lighting, air-conditioning and lift systems.
Sustainable and low-emission building materials were used throughout the project.

Hines Property's largest project, also located in Hindmarsh Square complements the precinct.

"We have also recently completed the residential apartment tower stage of our other major project, the $150 million 20 Hindmarsh Square development," Mr Hines said.

"The hotel tower, to be known as Crowne Plaza Adelaide, will be the first new internationally branded hotel to be built in Adelaide for nearly 25 years, and will open next month."

"Both projects add considerably to the desirability of Hindmarsh Square and this quadrant of the city as Adelaide's premier residential apartment location."