Alkimos Beach, Elizabeth Quay take honours at UDIA national awards

Alkimos Beach was named best residential development at the UDIA National Awards for Excellence
Alkimos Beach was named best residential development at the UDIA National Awards for Excellence

TWO WA projects took top honours at the UDIA National Awards last week.

LandCorp’s Alkimos Beach development was named best residential development and Elizabeth Quay, by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, was awarded best urban renewal project.

UDIA WA president Nick Allingame said WA projects were known for performing exceptionally well in the national arena.

“Alkimos Beach is a shining example of a sustainable, environmentally conscious new community that ticks all the boxes for new-home buyers,” he said.

“It is a multiple award-winning estate that was also the first development in WA to achieve a six-leaf rating under UDIA’s EnviroDevelopment program.

“The developers have created a fantastic sense of community and place through early investment in community infrastructure and they have set the bar extremely high for their competitors.”

LandCorp chief executive Frank Marra accepted the award and said it was a fantastic achievement made possible through collaboration and a true commitment to place-based urban design, creation of community and sustainability.

“Alkimos Beach is part of the largest and most significant coastal development north of Perth in 50 years,” he said.

“Our vision for Alkimos Beach has been to achieve a new benchmark in sustainable living, striving for a carbon-neutral community, while carefully balancing the superb natural environment with a progressive yet affordable development that demonstrates best practice in design and delivery of a vibrant and well-connected community.

“The approach to the urban design of Alkimos Beach, with a focus on dune retention and foreshore rehabilitation through the site, allows residential villages, infrastructure and activity nodes to nestle along this dune to create a distinct coastal setting.”

When it came to urban regeneration, Mr Allingame said UDIA members were leading the way and Elizabeth Quay was a showcase in point.

“The project has transformed the Perth waterfront, which is attracting international investment and creating a foundation for new economic development opportunities in the surrounding area,” he said.

“The popularity of Elizabeth Quay with locals and tourists alike is testament to the good planning and execution of the project overall.”

Elizabeth Quay was awarded best urban renewal project.

Other UDIA National Awards for Excellence winners include:

Sanctuary Cove, Qld: masterplanned development

Cantala, Vic: medium-density development

The Melbourne Residence, Qld: high-density development

Barangaroo South, NSW: environmental excellence and president’s award

Springlake Hampton Cottages, SA: affordable development

RV Homebase Fraser Coast, QLD: seniors living