Awards and accolades

The multi-award-winning U City 

We are proud to showcase the achievements of our multi-award-winning U City, recognising excellence in design, social impact and innovation.

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Property Council of Australia SA State Development of the Year 2020

U City was named the South Australian State Development of the Year at the 2020 Property Council of Australia Innovation & Excellence Awards.

U City was recognised for delivering a range of spaces designed to enhance interaction and community engagement of services and amenities.

Good Design Award for Social Impact 2020

U City received the Good Design Award for Social Impact in Australia’s International Good Design Awards 2020.

The Awards, presented by Good Design Australia, are the highest honour for design and innovation in Australia.

U City  was recognised as a world-first, radical mixed-use building that is helping break down barriers and offer better wellbeing for residents, tenants and clients.

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UDIA (SA) Innovation in Development 2020

U City took out the Innovation in Development category at the 2020 UDIA SA Awards.

The award recognised U City for its highest of environmental standards and a “radical” mix of retirement and specialist disability apartments, offices, medical facilities and social services.

UDIA (SA) Seniors Living 2020

U City Retirement Residences won the Seniors Living Award at the 2020 UDIA SA Awards.

The 41 apartments represent one of four sections within the building, located within the top six floors of U City.

Innovaging National Awards Improving Consumer Choice 2020

U City was awarded the ‘Improving Consumer Choice’ category in the 2020 InnovAGEING National Awards.

This category recognises organisations with consumer-focused initiatives that have improved the selection of quality services to older Australians.
The innovAGEING National Awards celebrates the achievements of organisations, teams, and individuals in the aged care industry who have successfully implemented a new and better way of doing things in the service of older Australians.
UDIA (SA) Seniors' Living Award Finalist 2021

U City Retirement Residences were a finalist in the 2021 UDIA (SA) Seniors’ Living Award category.

Property Council of Australia Best Mixed Use Development Winner 2021

U City was awarded the 2021 Property Council of Australia Award for Best Mixed Use Development.

This national award recognises and rewards innovation in a mixed use development.

Property Council of Australia Development Innovation Finalist 2021

U City was a finalist in the 2021 Property Council of Australia Award for Development Innovation..

Property Council of Australia Best Sustainable Development New Buildings Finalist 2021

U City was a finalist in the 2021 Property Council of Australia Award for Best Sustainable Development – New Buildings.

This award recognises and encourages the demonstrated application of sustainability practices that reduce a project’s eco footprint over the entire lifecycle.

2021 South Australian Tourism Awards - Excellence in Accessible Tourism

U City Accessible Accommodation was awarded silver in the 2021 South Australian Tourism Awards in the category of Excellence in Accessible Tourism.

Leaders in sustainability. Our green credentials. 

6 Star Green Star - Design & As Built

In October 2020 U City was awarded a 6 Star Green Star Design & As Built v1.1 Certified Rating from the Green Building Council of Australia.

Green Star is an internationally recognised sustainability rating system for buildings and communities.

The 6 Star Green Star Design & As Built certification represents ‘world leadership’ in sustainability outcomes for the design and construction of new buildings or major refurbishments, across nine holistic impact categories; management, indoor environment quality, energy, transport, water, materials, land use and ecology, emissions and innovation.

Climate Active Carbon Neutral Organisation

Uniting Communities has an ongoing commitment to reducing its carbon emissions and remaining carbon neutral.

We are certified Carbon Neutral by Climate Active (formerly known as the National Carbon Offset Scheme), a network of progressive climate leaders working to drive genuine change.

This certification is a testament to our ongoing commitment to significantly reduce our carbon footprint.

In 2015, we were the first South Australian organisation and the first registered charity in Australia to receive certification under the Federal Government’s Carbon Neutral Program.

Carbon Neutral Adelaide Ambassador

In December 2017 Uniting Communities became the first Ambassador for Carbon Neutral Adelaide.

The Carbon Neutral Adelaide Program celebrates community and business leadership towards a low carbon economy.  Partners are recognised for their contribution and commitment to our community’s shared aspiration to make the City of Adelaide one of the world’s first carbon neutral cities.

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Carbon Neutral Adelaide Business Leadership winner

The Carbon Neutral Adelaide Awards celebrate the contributions by Carbon Neutral Adelaide Partners to our shared aspiration for the City of Adelaide to become a carbon neutral city. In 2021, Uniting Communities was announced the winner in business leadership – honoured for our low carbon business leadership.

Climate Active Carbon Neutral Building

U City has become the first building in South Australia to achieve Carbon Neutral whole Building Certification and a 5 star Green Star Performance Rating via the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) and the Australian Government’s Climate Active Program.