Dutton Plaza – Fairfield Council’s first foray into a retail development – has received another accolade.
Hot off the heels of finishing second in the Urban Design section of the 2017 NSW Architecture Awards last month, the council-owned building in Cabramatta won the Excellence in Government Leadership category at the Urban Development Institute of Australia NSW awards last Thursday.
Originally submitted by council in the Retail Excellence Category, the judges determined the leadership and vision shown by Council was deserving of winning the Government Leadership category.
When announcing the winners the judges said Council have captured the spirit and feel for the “character of Cabramatta” through the urban design, architecture, construction and tenant selection for Dutton Plaza.
“Dutton Place was a run-down council car park in the middle of Cabramatta shopping centre that has, during the past two decades, undergone a rejuvenation while exemplifying its characteristic as an Asian retail market place,” the judges said.
“Providing much-needed public domain via Gough Whitlam Place, the ground level retail is linked to surrounding shops and activities, resulting in high footfall throughout the building. With rooftop parking and direct connection to a further multi-level council car park, access is assured.”
Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone said: “To be recognised in this manner is a tribute to all involved.”
Dutton Lane, part of a wider redevelopment to improve the urban streetscape of Cabramatta, provided an additional 275 new parking spaces, and delivered new jobs and office space.
It has also increased public amenities, public open space and new community facilities within the town centre.
It was officially opened in June 2016.