National awards shine light on quality WA projects

Source: The West Australian

In recognition of the fantastic quality of property development in Western Australia, four WA projects won prestigious national awards last week on Wednesday at the UDIA National Awards for Excellence.

These awards are the pinnacle development industry award program in Australia.

Notably, Witchcliffe Ecovillage – a sustainable development in the Margaret River region – won the top prize, taking out Project of the Year, as well as winning in the Sustainability category.

The Project of the Year award goes to the best of the best across all 13 category winners from around the country.

Witchcliffe Ecovillage by Sustainable Settlements and Perron Group is one of the most sustainable urban developments in the world. It is a carbon-negative community showcasing innovative approaches to sustainability across a range of areas, as well as delivering affordable housing options within a vibrant rural community setting.

This award win is testament to the dedication of the project team to push boundaries and lead by example when it comes to trialling new technologies and approaches to design. If you haven’t checked out its website, I encourage you to do so and find out more about the amazing work happening in Witchcliffe.

Another leader in terms of design and dedication to delivering quality outcomes for residents and the broader community, the iconic ONE Subiaco by Blackburne was awarded in the Apartments – High Rise category.

ONE Subiaco has been a major catalyst for the rejuvenation of Subiaco and sets a quality example of how infill development can benefit local communities through outstanding design and fantastic amenity.

In the Masterplanned Communities category, Exchange at Curtin University won the top honour.

Exchange at Curtin University showcases how a university can meaningfully integrate with the local community, and provides a diverse range of uses such as student teaching facilities, a hotel, student accommodation, commercial enterprises, and retail, social and sporting facilities all within a bustling transit-oriented development site.

Looking further afield, Henley Brook by Mirvac won in the Residential Subdivision category.

This visually appealing and community-minded development project is well loved by local residents.

The project team at Henley Brook successfully preserved the rural character of the location through the retention of more than 600 mature trees, the rejuvenation of an existing stream, an orchard and the gas pipeline reserve being turned into a useable recreation space.

There was also extensive engagement with local Aboriginal stakeholders, which has benefited the overall design and connection of the project to the surrounding area.

A huge congratulations must go to all of the national award winners, who provide fantastic examples of the diversity of housing and property development projects enhancing Perth and the regions.