UR­BAN RE­NEWAL AWARD WIN­NERS

Fremantle Gazette - - RESIDENTIAL - Ary­lene West­lake-Jen­nings

SEV­ERAL ur­ban in­fill de­vel­op­ments across the city were recog­nised at the re­cent Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment In­sti­tute of Aus­tralia WA 2017 Awards for Ex­cel­lence, which were an­nounced on Sep­tem­ber 9.

“Ur­ban re­newal and in­fill de­vel­op­ment is (an) im­por­tant aspect of ur­ban de­vel­op­ment in Perth,” UDIA WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Al­li­son Hailes said.

“UDIA mem­bers are lead­ing the way in ur­ban re­gen­er­a­tion and the ur­ban re­newal cat­e­gory win­ner, El­iz­a­beth Quay, is cer­tainly a show­case in point.

“The judges could not look past the sig­nif­i­cant trans­for­ma­tion of the Perth wa­ter­front, which is at­tract­ing in­ter­na­tional in­vest­ment and cre­at­ing a foun­da­tion for new eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in the sur­round­ing area.”

Cool­bellup’s The Play­ground, a ma­jor pub­lic open space for the hous­ing de­vel­op­ment by Lendlease and LandCorp on the for­mer North Lake Pri­mary School site, was named best res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment un­der 250 lots, high­light­ing the im­por­tance of well-de­signed ur­ban in­fill projects.

LandCorp’s WGV res­i­den­tial es­tate at White Gum Val­ley tri­umphed in the Sus­tain­able Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment and Ur­ban Wa­ter Ex­cel­lence cat­e­gories.

“Just some of the project high­lights that im­pressed the judges in­clude re­duced en­ergy con­sump­tion from re­new­able en­ergy sources to all res­i­dences; a com­mu­nity bore pro­vid­ing ‘pur­ple pipe’ wa­ter to all homes; recog­ni­tion of the past use of the land through the ren­o­va­tion of Sul­li­van’s Hall, built by the com­mu­nity in the 1930s and now again a meet­ing place for com­mu­nity; and pro­vid­ing di­verse hous­ing choices,” Ms Hailes said.

The Es­tab­lished project in West Fre­man­tle by Yolk Prop­erty Group was pre­sented with the Ris­ing Star award, which recog­nises an out­stand­ing project from a com­pany that has not taken part in the awards in pre­vi­ous years.

Ms Hailes said judges took note of de­vel­op­ment con­straints faced by Yolk, with 19 apart­ments and four com­mer­cial spa­ces pro­duced on an 800sq m site.

They also praised the en­ergy-ef­fi­cient de­sign, af­ford­abil­ity and build­ing’s abil­ity to blend in with the his­tor­i­cal sur­rounds.

North Fre­man­tle’s The Vil­las at Taskers project by Gary Dempsey De­vel­op­ments was highly praised and took home the award for best medium den­sity de­vel­op­ment.

The Vil­las are eight town­houses with high-qual­ity fin­ishes that in­te­grate with the ad­join­ing res­i­den­tial hous­ing and higher-den­sity apart­ments, fea­tur­ing a unique, non-struc­tural in­ter­nal wall sys­tem that en­ables rooms to be con­fig­ured to suit the needs of the pur­chaser.

The big­gest win­ner of the night was El­len­brook by LWP Prop­erty Group and Depart­ment of Com­mu­ni­ties, which walked home with awards for best mas­ter­planned de­vel­op­ment and the ac­claimed Rus­sel Perry Award for Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Ex­cel­lence, which recog­nises the best project across all the cat­e­gory win­ners.

Cool­bellup’s The Play­ground was named best res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment un­der 250 lots.

Left: WGV of­fers a rev­o­lu­tion in sus­tain­able liv­ing. Right: The Es­tab­lished project won the Ris­ing Star Award.

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