Heritage awards

Award Winners

History of the Awards for Excellence

The Awards for Excellence in Design and Heritage were adopted in 1992 to publicly recognise, promote and reward excellence in the design and construction of new developments and the conservation of heritage places throughout the City of Ipswich.

The Enviroplan Environment Award category was incorporated into the Awards in 1997. In 1999, due to the extremely positive response from Ipswich Schools, Council initiated a perpetual trophy specifically targeted at Schools to promote academic excellence and school pride in history, development and environment of the City of Ipswich.

Aims of the Awards for Excellence

The Awards give Council the opportunity to give recognition to the development community for the excellent quality of development work being completed throughout the City. The development industry has fully accepted the Awards as a prestigious event. Accordingly, the Awards attract participants from all aspects of the development industry with entries received ranging from the humble family renovator, to some of the nation's largest development corporations.

As noted above, the Awards for Excellence also provide an opportunity to recognise the academic projects completed by students, from all levels of education, which promote/examine the culture, environment and heritage of Ipswich and the Ipswich Region.

Since its inception, the Awards have attracted substantial publicity from media within the region and State.

Aims of the Awards for Excellence:

  1. Recognising and promoting major sponsorship support.

  2. Recognising those individuals and corporations who are committed to promoting and producing excellence in the design of new development, the conservation of our built heritage, conservation of our natural environment and academically within our schools.

  3. Promoting and developing student awareness of the unique built and environmental heritage of Ipswich.

  4. Profile locally and externally the unique attributes of the natural and built heritage of Ipswich.


The overall objective of the Awards is to promote excellence in the design of new development, the conservation of heritage places and the rehabilitation of public land and broad hectare sites, throughout the City. Emphasis is given to those developments that promote a Quality Lifestyle for residents, businesses and visitors of the City of Ipswich. Consequently, four types of awards are presented annually: the Design Awards, Heritage Awards, Environment Awards and Student Awards.


Who Can Nominate?

Nominations are invited from any member of the public, development industry, government sector or students. Any development, conservation or environmental project presently under construction or that has received Council approval is eligible, however, preference is given to completed projects.

Applicants can nominate their work for more than one category.


Photographs: A minimum of ten digital photographs either black and white or colour that are suitable for display or reproduction.

Drawings: Where appropriate, please provide copies of floor plans, elevations and details to illustrate the work, all reduced to preferably A4 (297mm x 210mm) size. A short typed statement of A4 size (double spaced and single sided) should accompany the application. This statement should cover the objectives and philosophy of the project, description of the works, a chronological summary of critical steps in the project and a summary of the major problems encountered and how these were overcome.

It should include a comment on the end result and the applicant's view as to why the entry deserves an award and any other consideration that will assist the Judging Panel in its assessment of the nomination.


Awards in the form of certificates are presented on the recommendation of the Judging Panel to the person/s principally responsible for the project/works. The winners of the Overall Awards for Excellence will receive an Award for Excellence plaque.


Ipswich City Council reserves the right to exhibit any or all of the Award entries. The nominator (where not the owner) shall obtain the owner's written consent to the nomination and any resultant publicity by completion of the relevant section of the nomination form.

Ipswich City Council reserves the right not to make awards in categories where the Judging Panel considers no award appropriate.

Ron Brown Memorial Heritage Conservation Awards

These awards acknowledge the work of organisations and individuals that conserve, restore, reconstruct and adapt existing places so as to retain their cultural significance.

All types of projects are eligible including:

  • Restoration of a building to an earlier or original appearance.
  • Maintenance of heritage buildings including colour schemes.
  • Adaptive reuse of heritage sites.
  • Sympathetic additions to an original building.
  • Heritage Education and promotion - books, oral histories and websites.

National Trust Ipswich Best Maintained Heritage Property
The aim of this Award is to encourage and acknowledge maintenance of heritage listed Ipswich properties. There are a large number of well-maintained and well-presented heritage properties in Ipswich, many lovingly cared for by residents as their family home. These properties are a vital aspect of our heritage image. Selection and Judging will be by local National Trust members. The place nominated must be a Character Place or be in a Character Zone in the Ipswich Planning Scheme.

Judging Criteria for Heritage Places:

  • Has the cultural significance of the place been understood and retained?
  • Has the significant fabric of the place been respected?
  • Have traditional building techniques been utilised in the conservation of the place?
  • Has due regard been given to the cultural setting and context?
  • Has the conservation given due regard to all periods that have contributed to the cultural significance of the place?
  • Where the place is adapted for a new use is the impact on the cultural significance acceptable?
  • Has any documentary evidence been assembled prior to work commencing on a place?
  • Where new fabric has been introduced, is this apparent on close inspection?

Judging Criteria for Websites:

First Impressions

  • Download time.
  • Look and feel.
  • Home page on one screen.
  • Unique selling point –stated on homepage.
  • Feeling of wanting more – depth of site.
  • Contact details.
  • Credential validation.
  • Statement from management.
  • S


  • Ease of use.
  • Return to Home page from any page.
  • Internal Search Engine.
  • Internal Links.
  • Text as well as graphic links.
  • Using Frames.


  • Useful information.
  • Degree of substantiated information.
  • Level of interaction.
  • Use of valuable graphics.
  • Use of valuable sound.
  • Content in digestible quantity.
  • Up-to-dateness.

Judging Criteria for Publications:

  • Creativity of product development.
  • Popularity.
  • Knowledge.
  • Content: Does the author demonstrate an understanding of the historical context of the topic?
  • Does the book appeal to a wide audience?

Amex Corporation Design Awards

The Amex Corporation Design Awards acknowledge innovative design and design methods across all forms of development.

All types of projects are eligible including:

  • Dwellings, duplexes, units and group housing.
  • Educational, religious, community or health care buildings.
  • Master Plans.
  • Small or large scale retail, hotels, office or industrial developments.

Judging Criteria:

  • Does the design have architectural or visual merit?
  • Does the project demonstrate innovation in its design, construction or operation?
  • Does the project respond well to its locational context, if that is relevant? (Consider impact on adjoining properties and impact on the character of the area).
  • Does the project incorporate an attractive and appropriate visual setting? (Consider will be given to due regard to views, aspect, orientation, topography, retention of vegetation, new landscaping and vehicle manoeuvring).
  • Are impacts on the natural environment minimised through by sustainable approaches?  (Consider choice of materials, passive climate control techniques, orientation and microclimate, waste emissions and water conservation).

EnviroPlan Environment Awards

The EnviroPlan Environment Awards acknowledge the initiatives of individuals, community groups and the commercial and rural sectors in the maintenance and enhancement of Ipswich's unique biodiversity and natural heritage.

All types of projects are eligible including:

  • Community Greening.
  • Commercial Greening.
  • Street Greening.
  • Rural Greening.
  • Young Environmental Volunteer of the Year (ages 10-25).
  • Green Schools Commitment (local school, preschool, TAFE or University).
  • Ten Year Greening Stewardship (over ten years of commitment in Council initiatives such as Land for Wildlife, Voluntary Conservation Agreements or Partnering Agreements).

Judging Criteria:

  • How well has the nominee (i.e. group or individual’s) described the environmental activities for which the groups is nominating or being nominated?
  • To what extent have projects, programs or actions contributed to the long-term protection or enhancement of the local environment?
  • How significant are the initiatives in addressing local or regional environmental issues?
  • How successful are the projects, programs or actions in increasing public awareness of the environment?
  • How effective are partnerships in the success of projects, programs or actions?
  • What level of innovative approaches or technologies have been applied?

The Student Awards

The purpose of the Student Awards is to encourage students from all levels of education to participate in design and heritage conservation projects that relate to the City of Ipswich.

Particular emphasis will be given to projects that have a heritage conservation; urban design/renewal; urban consolidation; environmental/greening program; or, other theme that relates to the City's urban or natural history.

The Student Awards are open to Early Childhood and Lower Primary, Middle School (Grades 5-9), Upper High School (Grades 10-12) and Tertiary (TAFE and University) students.

The Awards will be presented to the student or group of students that produce a project of scholastic excellence which is innovative and which is located within the City and rural areas. Due consideration will be given to the age of the applicant.

Awards in the form of certificates are presented on the recommendation of the Judging Panel to the person/s principally responsible for the project/works.

Ipswich City Council offers $2000 to the school/institution whose student/s are presented with the Overall Student Award for Excellence. In addition, the winners of the Overall Awards for Excellence will receive the University of Queensland Ipswich Campus Award for Excellence Trophy and will retain the Perpetual Trophy for twelve months.

All types of projects are eligible including:

  • Design Projects.
  • Environmental Projects.
  • Local History Projects.
  • Oral History Recordings.
  • School Centenary Projects.

Judging Criteria:

  • Involvement of Students.
  • Benefit to the school.
  • Does the project have academic merit, i.e. relate to curriculum for the relevant grade?
  • Has the student(s) shown an understanding of the topic that they have selected?
  • Does the project exhibit innovation?
  • Has any documentary evidence been collected to support the project?