Melville Gazette

A MT Pleasant multi-storey development and boutique Palmyra apartment project have taken out the major awards at the 2019 Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) WA awards.

Stirling Capital’s 20-storey 111-apartment Cirque development received the Russel Perry Award for Urban Development Excellence at the weekend.

It also won the High Density Development Award, with the judges noting it set a high benchmark for future development in the Canning Bridge precinct.

UDIA WA chief executive Tanya Steinbeck said the project, designed by MJA Studio, had successfully tapped into the growing downsizer market, with a significant number of buyers from the surrounding area looking to swap their larger family homes for an easier care, convenient lifestyle.

“Featuring resort-style facilities, impeccable finishes, along with significant sustainability features, Cirque is representative of what many downsizers in these types of areas are seeking,” she said.

Construction on a second tower is due to start later this year and will add another 101 apartments to the development.

Carrington 57 by Parcel Property caught the judge’s eye and received the discretionary Judges Award for its unique design, look and feel that successfully complemented the surrounding area.

The four-storey medium density development includes 24 apartments and three commercial tenancies. It was designed to integrate with the surrounding neighbourhood, establishing a strong sense of community and place within a vibrant area.

Ms Steinbeck said the mix of high-rise medium-density urban renewal, along with the more traditional new land developments taking centre stage at the awards, reflected the changing nature of Perth and WA’s urban landscape.

“While we continue to see young families looking to the suburbs for larger family homes, there is a growing cohort of new home buyers seeking smaller, lock and leave homes that offer a range of lifestyle options,” she said.