Western suburbs projects big winners at Urban Development Institute of Australia WA’s night of nights

Source: The West Australian

One Subiaco was deemed impressive enough for Mark McGowan to open while he was still premier and now the luxurious landmark has been awarded as WA’s very best urban design development of 2023.

Blackburne Property Group’s $300 million Subiaco high-rise took out the top gong at the Urban Development Institute of Australia WA Awards for Excellence on Saturday night.

The development, which opened to residents in late 2022, has changed the face of Subiaco’s once ailing CBD, breathing new life into the prominent corner site left vacant since the closure of the Subiaco Pavilion Markets.

The 236 luxury apartments with panoramic views of Perth provide resort-style facilities to 500 residents, with new bistro Subiaco Continental garnering buzz as a must-try destination beneath.

One Subiaco also won the high rise apartment category.

UDIA WA chief executive Tanya Steinbeck said Blackburne had delivered a “beautiful project” that appealed to the market and enhanced its surrounds.

“One Subiaco is a fantastic example of how quality infill development can enhance local communities and provide options for locals to downsize within the area that they are familiar with and have ongoing connections with,” she said.

The industry’s best and brightest gathered for the special gala event where developments in the western suburbs took out half of the category wins.

Parcel Property’s Noma Residences offering 53 luxury apartments and three commercial tenancies on Mosman Park’s Glyde Street was recognised for excellence in mid-rise apartments.

The building’s “superbly designed” brick facade, bronze finishes, rooftop lounge and landscaping won the praise of judges.

ONE Subiaco by Blackburne Property Group.

Hesperia’s efforts to revitalise the last standing piece of the historic Shenton Park Rehabilitation Hospital, which had sat empty for nearly two decades, was also rewarded in the excellence in design and medium density categories.

Heritage-listed Victoria House, built in 1938, was once a place to treat polio patients but has recently reopened as a colourful new hub for children’s health services surrounded by a new cafe and 81 residential apartments across three boutique buildings.

It is at the centre of Development WA’s 15.8ha Montario Quarter precinct spread across the former hospital site, which was named a winner in the urban renewal category.

Judges said the project demonstrated that “oustanding” developments could still be achieved amid “significant constraints”.

“The developer’s experience in delivering significant heritage precincts has clearly garnered sufficient trust and belief from relevant authorities that this project would be true to the proposed vision,” they said.

A groundbreaking self-sustaining ecovillage about 10km from Margaret River was also a big winner on the night in the sustainability and affordable housing categories.

Witchcliffe Ecovillage, a joint venture from Sustainable Settlements and Perron Developments, is a carbon negative housing development run entirely from self-supplied renewable energy.

Regarded as one of the world’s most sustainable residential developments, its residents “live and breathe green”, producing their own food, water and electricity to run their houses and cars.

Ms Steinbeck said the winners had navigated significant challenges in the wake of the pandemic, including cost escalations, supply chain issues and worker shortages.

“The quality of these projects and their market success is testament to the dedication and vision of the teams behind them,” she said .

“In the midst of a housing supply crisis, it is fantastic to be able to celebrate what the industry is delivering to the market, and we hope to see more of it in the coming years.”