Yagan Square ‘best of the best’ at UDIA national awards

Yagan Square.
Yagan Square.

THE iconic Yagan Square development by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) took out top honours at the UDIA National Awards on the Gold Coast last night, winning the prestigious President’s Award and the Urban Renewal category.

The President’s Award is bestowed on the “best of the best” of all projects at the awards.

The national judges said it was a “transformational project for Perth…which sets new benchmarks across a range of metrics”.

“Yagan Square is successfully re-linking the city with Northbridge for the first time in over a century,” UDIA WA chief executive Tanya Steinbeck said.

“The project is a masterclass in successful community engagement, particularly with traditional owners, which is reflected in the built form and the immersive cultural experience for visitors.”

Ms Steinbeck said Yagan Square incorporated unique, iconic architecture and design and innovative construction to achieve a flagship public space that celebrated WA through local produce and fostering community connection.

It has vastly enhanced movement and connectivity within the city by linking seamlessly with surrounding landmarks and bridging a geographical divide that existed between the CBD and Northbridge.

“The new civic space features an array of public amenities for visitors to enjoy including the fantastic Market Hall eatery, outdoor playspace, wildflower garden, digital tower, artworks and an amphitheatre,” she said.

“You only have to visit Yagan Square to see how vibrant and popular it has become in a very short space of time.

“Yagan Square certainly deserves this fantastic recognition and I congratulate the team at MRA for delivering such an iconic place for WA’s capital city.”