Witchcliffe Ecovillage scoops major prize

Source: Business News

The Perron Group joint venture has been recognised for its sustainability, as one of several WA projects to win at the UDIA national awards.

Witchcliffe Ecovillage has scooped the major prize at the Urban Development Institute of Australia national awards, as one of many Western Australian projects to win.

The housing project, developed by Perron Group’s development arm and Mike Hulme’s Sustainable Settlements, was recognised as one of the most sustainable urban developments in the world.

Described as the culmination of a 22-year association between Mr Hulme and Perron Group, the 200-lot development includes completely self-sufficient homes, communal organic gardens and a village square.

UDIA awarded the project in the sustainability and overall project awards, highlighting its carbon negative status, as well as its innovative and affordable approach.

Blackburne‘s One Subiaco was awarded best high rise apartment project, with UDIA pointing to the project’s role in rejuvenating Subiaco.

Blackburne said the development “epitomises Blackburne’s mission to create enduring landmarks that enhance communities and elevate urban living standards”.

The company pointed out the importance of planning reform in addressing Australia’s housing shortage, with the former Planning Minister stepping in to approve One Subiaco.

One Subiaco. Photo: Blackburne 

Curtin University’s Exchange precinct, encompassing a 10-storey hotel, apartments and retail at the university, won the master planned communities category.

Mirvac Group’s Henley Brook housing estate won the residential subdivision category, recognised for its rural character, retention of trees, and conversion of a gas pipeline reserve into recreation space.

UDIA WA chief executive Tanya Steinbeck said WA projects dominated this year’s awards, held in Melbourne last night, highlighting the quality of developments in this state.

“Our industry is clearly leading the way when it comes to innovation, great design and of course liveability,” Ms Steinbeck 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 against some significant odds, and we hope to see more of it in the coming years,” Ms Steinbeck said.