URBAN RENEWAL AWARD WINNERS
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.