The very best development projects in Western Australia have been announced by the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA WA) at a spectacular gala event on Saturday 9 September at Crown.

“The UDIA Awards for Excellence program is an opportunity to showcase the very best in urban development across the state and ensures that we continue to raise the bar with regard to design, innovation and sustainability,” UDIA CEO Allison Hailes said.

“The urban development industry is building communities for today and into the future,” Ms Hailes said.  “It is critical that we lead the way for continual improvement and showcase the diversity and talent that is a key feature of our industry.”

Ellenbrook by LWP Property Group and Department of Communities is an icon of the urban landscape in WA and reinforced that status with two awards on the night including the Masterplanned Development Award along with the acclaimed Russel Perry Award for Urban Development Excellence.

The Russel Perry award recognises the best project across all the category winners.

“Ellenbrook is a timeless masterplanned development providing residents with innovative and diverse housing choices, a range of amenities and services as well as leading edge social, economic and environmental sustainability features,” Ms Hailes said.
“With each new release, Ellenbrook has continued to set the standard for masterplanned developments around Australia, with a leading edge approach to creating authentic neighbourhood living,” Ms Hailes said.

From a 25 year old icon to the new kids on the block, Yolk Property Group received the Rising Star Award for their Established apartment development in Fremantle’s West End.

“The judges were particularly impressed by the excellent outcomes that have been achieved on a challenging site for owners, occupiers, joint venture partners and the surrounding community,” Ms Hailes said.

“The energy efficient design at Established ensures affordability and the project also blends seamlessly into the historical Fremantle surroundings,” Ms Hailes said.

Turning to sustainability and environmental achievements, Honeywood by Satterley received the Environmental Excellence Award due to a thoughtful design that has preserved natural assets including bushland and conservation category wetlands.

“Sustainability is a key focus of UDIA and the winner of both our Sustainable Urban Development Award and Urban Water Excellence category – WGV at White Gum Valley – is truly pushing the envelope when it comes to innovative design and planning for the future,” Ms Hailes said.

“Just some of the project highlights that impressed the judges include reduced energy consumption from renewable energy sources to all residences; a community bore providing ‘purple pipe’ water to all homes; recognition of the past use of the land through the renovation of Sullivan’s Hall, built by the community in the 1930’s and now again a meeting place for community; and providing diverse housing choices,” Ms Hailes said.

Staying with environmental outcomes, the EnviroDevelopment Chairman’s Choice Award was achieved by Rosehill Waters in South Guildford.  This award recognises a particularly outstanding EnviroDevelopment Certified project.
“Urban renewal and infill development is another important aspect of urban development in Perth,” Ms Hailes said.
“UDIA members are leading the way in urban regeneration and the Urban Renewal category winner Elizabeth Quay is certainly a showcase in point,” Ms Hailes said.

“The judges could not look past the significant transformation of the Perth waterfront, which is attracting international investment and creating a foundation for new economic development opportunities in the surrounding area,” Ms Hailes said.

Another urban infill project, The Bottleyard by Handle Property Group, received the Judges’ Award due to the unique features of the high density apartment development that successfully integrate with the built form in the existing Palmerston heritage residential district.

The Playground at Coolbellup was also an urban infill project that was named a winner, taking home the Residential Development Under 250 Lots category and recognised as a project with a strong and enduring vision.

Other winners on the night included Affordable Development category winner Jervis Rise by BGC Development and Access Housing Australia; High Density category winner Concerto Apartments by Finbar Group Limited, Bethanie Gwelup Aged Care and Assisted Living for the Seniors Living category; The Villas at Taskers for Medium Density; and Alkimos Beach by LandCorp and Lendlease for Residential Development Over 250 lots.


For more information:

Gemma Osiejak

UDIA WA Executive Manager Communications & Marketing


M: 0421 506 819