Institute of Architects awards designs that endure
As part of the 2015 Lower Hunter Urban Design Awards “best of the best” awards, a jury has toured the “Honeysuckle Heritage Precinct” which includes the Civic Railway workshop buildings, the Lee wharf cargo wharves, and the public domain at Honeysuckle.
In its 40th year, the LHUDA honours the last 40 years of winners by taking the top enduring urban designs and selecting a finalist list based on a new set of criteria that takes the longevity of a building into consideration.
From the winners list in the last 40 years the committee have chosen up to 50 projects that have met this criteria and will be selecting winners to be announced at a gala dinner in September. The Honeysuckle heritage buildings were restored by HDC and are now being adaptively re-used as the Newcastle Museum, The Forum gym, a headquarters for Wine Selectors, the Honeysuckle Hotel and the Maritime Centre.