Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Residential -

WATER­FORD is now home to the best res­i­den­tial devel­op­ment in Australia, with Cygnia Cove es­tate tak­ing home sev­eral gongs at the 2015 Ur­ban Devel­op­ment In­dus­try of Australia Na­tional Awards for Ex­cel­lence.

The Richard Noble project won the top award for Res­i­den­tial Devel­op­ment and re­ceived the nod for the pres­ti­gious En­vi­ron­men­tal Ex­cel­lence award in Syd­ney on March 19.

“We are ex­cep­tion­ally proud of what’s been achieved at Cygnia Cove,” Richard Noble man­ag­ing direc­tor Alex Gregg said.

“We have trans­formed what was a de­graded piece of land on the banks of the Can­ning River into a very beau­ti­ful and con­nected com­mu­nity for around 200 house­holds, ef­fec­tively pro­vid­ing a last­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal and cul­tural le­gacy for the whole com­mu­nity to en­joy.”

The UDIA judges said the devel­op­ment tack­led many chal­lenges to re­sult in a qual­ity res­i­den­tial es­tate es­tab­lished on a dif­fi­cult but highly de­sir­able site.

“The ap­proval process was com­pli­cated with her­itage, en­vi­ron­men­tal and cul­tural is­sues – res­o­lu­tion of th­ese chal­lenges over 13 years was tes­ta­ment to the pro­fes­sion­al­ism and pa­tience of the de­vel­oper and con­sul­tant team,” they said.

The judges added care­fully con­trolled de­sign guide­lines and preser­va­tion of key frontages to open space and es­tab­lished veg­e­ta­tion en­sured all the al­lot­ments within the es­tate were sought af­ter.

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