THE best urban developments in WA were recognised at the recent 2016 Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) WA’s Awards for Excellence.
The awards have been specifically developed by and for the development industry to recognise excellence and innovation in one of the state’s critical industry groups.
Blackburne’s luxury 156-apartment Aria development in Swanbourne won the High Density Development award for buildings with a minimum of five storeys and with a minimum of 30 dwellings per site hectare.
The judge’s citation for the award commended Aria for its great design and attention and respect to resident living and community interaction, which has led to these apartments being luxurious, yet liveable.
“Whether it be enjoying privacy, relaxing by the horizon pool or in the sauna, tapping into your private wine collection, having a dinner party with friends, having your home shopping delivered or even a yoga or gym session, Aria has exceptional facilities to cater for it all via the in-house iPad technology” the citation stated.
Blackburne founder and managing director Paul Blackburne said receiving the award was a testament to the passion and focus of the Blackburne team, and he commended everyone who was a part of the project, from conception through to completion.
“Our vision was to create luxurious apartments, but even more than that to provide common facilities for buyers focused on physical health, social wellbeing and creating a connected community,” he said.
“With that in mind, we designed Aria around a central hub of world-class resort style facilities, investing more than $2 million in this area alone.”
Other winners included LandCorp’s WGV @ White Gum Valley.
When completed it will deliver more than 80 new homes to approximately 180 new residents through a range of housing options including apartments, maisonettes and 23 single residential home sites.
The project received the Judge’s Award, which recognises outstanding achievement or innovation in a particular aspect of development.
On the banks of the Peel inlet, Mirvac’s Osprey Waters was awarded Environmental Excellence and also received the Russel Perry Award for Urban Development Excellence; selected from category winners, this is the project the judges consider to be the best of the best.
The Village at Wellard, a joint venture by Peet Limited and the WA Housing Authority, received the Sustainable Urban Development award.
Projects in this category were judged on economic, social and environment aspects to achieve a sustainable outcome.
The award for Affordable Development was presented to Nicheliving for Nicheliving Medina, which includes 50 homes and 12 apartments alongside Harry McGuigan Park.
MMJ Real Estate received the award for Residential Development Under 250 Lots for Eliza Ponds Estate in Cockburn.
The WA winners are in the running for the UDIA national awards, with the winners to be announced in Perth in April 2017. n