BGC Development won the prestigious Russel Perry Award for Urban Development Excellence for their Hibernian Place + Westin Hotel project at the 2018 UDIA WA Awards held on September 15.
The prestigious award recognises the project judged to be the very best across all of the category winners in 2018.
“Hibernian Place + Westin is an iconic mixed use development on a heritage site that is a genuinely attractive place for workers, visitors and commuters to spend time in,” UDIA WA chief executive Allison Hailes said.
“The public plaza incorporates lush gardens and is surrounded by top class hospitality venues and retail outlets making it a popular destination for local people and tourists.”
The project also received the award for Excellence in Retail, Commercial and Mixed Use Development.
The UDIA WA awards celebrated the best in new development in WA and Ms Hailes said the winners showcased the quality and diversity of land and homes that were available to the market in Perth and the regions.
Peel Limited won the award for Masterplanned Development for its Lakelands Estate, Mandurah.
“Lakelands is a vibrant, connected and environmentally sustainable development that continues to attract buyers due to meticulous planning and good integration of seniors living options, retail and commercial precincts as well as civic and educational facilities that are all set in a beautiful, natural environment,” Ms Hailes said.
The winner of the Residential Development category was Trinity @ Alkimos by LWP Property Group.
“Trinity includes three distinct villages that have their own sense of local community and caters to a diverse range of buyers from those seeking their first home through to aspirational buyers looking for large lots up to 1800 square metres,” Ms Hailes said.
“The level of amenity provided for residents along with employment opportunities and environmentally sensitive design are all impressive features.”
Two iconic, government-led projects also received honours, including Yagan Square by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) in the Urban Renewal category and the Scarborough Foreshore Redevelopment, which was entered by MRA and the City of Stirling.
It took out the Excellent in Government & Public Use award.
Ms Hailes said Yagan Square was a masterclass in successful community engagement, particularly with traditional owners, which is reflected in the built form and the immersive cultural experience for visitors, and the Scarborough Foreshore redevelopment would promote much needed further residential and commercial development in the area and could be used as a blueprint for future redevelopments around Perth.
The City of Kalamunda received the Judge’s Award for the Hartfield Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) at Hartfield Park.
The EnviroDevelopment Chairman’s Choice Award was presented to Cedar Woods Properties for Bushmead.
This award is presented to an EnviroDevelopment certified project where research, innovation and design or construction techniques have enabled a significant and outstanding response to environmental conservation and improvement.
Ms Hailes said it was an idyllic community where 70 per cent of the site has been retained as natural bushland.
The Environmental Excellence category was won by Rosehill Waters, South Guildford and entered by Noahs Rosehill Waters.
The Medium Density Development award was presented to Blackburne Property Group for The Cove.
“The Cove has been embraced by the downsizer market seeking a high end apartment with minimal ongoing costs and fees,” Ms Hailes said.
“(It) offers residents large living areas and balconies along with a 400sq m green space on the roof and lower terrace which showcases the excellent architecture and design elements that set the project apart from the competition.”
The High Density Development award went to Defence Housing Australia for their Liv Apartments project in Fremantle.
The project has transformed a disused carpark into an attractive apartment complex featuring an average 7.5 star energy rating and utilised over 10,000 recycled onsite bricks.
It is also one of less than 20 One Planet Living endorsed projects worldwide.
The Verge Micro Lot Precinct by Now Living, LWP Property and the Department of Communities took out the Excellence in Small-Scale Infill Development category.The Ellenbrook project pioneered 80sq m greenfield lots.
The Affordable Development category went to Evermore Apartments – WGV by Yolk Property Group.
“This innovative project demonstrates passion and leadership in the installation of solar and battery storage systems and innovative governance systems that allow apartment owners to sell electricity to each other,” Ms Hailes said.
“It was the first apartment development for sale in Australia to utilise such a system.”
The Seniors Living/Aged Care Category was won by regional development Margaret River Lifestyle Village by Building Development Group.
Mark Mackenzie, Bankwest received the UDIA Stockland Young Development Professional of the Year Award and Vivienne Edwards, Wood & Grieve Engineers won the UDIA Frasers Property Women in Leadership Award.