The 2018 UDIA WA Award winners were announced at a gala event on Saturday September 15 celebrating the very best in new development in WA across a diverse range of categories.

The pinnacle of the night was the Russel Perry Award for Urban Development Excellence which recognises the project judged to be the very best across all of the category winners in 2018.

This year the top honour went to BGC Development for their impressive Hibernian Place + Westin Hotel project which is leading the rejuvenation of Perth CBD’s East End.

“Hibernian Place + Westin is an iconic mixed use development on a heritage site that is a genuinely attractive place for workers, visitors and commuters to spend time in. The public plaza incorporates lush gardens and is surrounded by top class hospitality venues and retail outlets making it a popular destination for local people and tourists,” UDIA WA CEO Allison Hailes said.

Also taking out the Excellence in Retail, Commercial and Mixed Use Development category, the UDIA Awards judges believe that Hibernian Place + The Westin Perth will be a catalyst for further revitalisation of the East End.

Another highlight of the evening was the coveted Masterplanned Development award that went to Peet Limited for their long standing Lakelands Estate located on Mandurah’s doorstep.

“Lakelands is a vibrant, connected and environmentally sustainable development that continues to attract buyers due to meticulous planning and good integration of seniors living options, retail and commercial precincts as well as civic and educational facilities that are all set in a beautiful, natural environment,” Ms Hailes said.

“This project showcased to the judges what a clear vision and and strong leadership can achieve,” Ms Hailes said.

The winner of the Residential Development category was Trinity @ Alkimos by LWP Property Group.

“Trinity includes three distinct villages that have their own sense of local community and caters to a diverse range of buyers from those seeking their first home through to aspirational buyers looking for large lots up to 1800 square metres,” Ms Hailes said.

“The level of amenity provided for residents along with employment opportunities and environmentally sensitive design are all impressive features,” Ms Hailes said.

Two iconic, government led projects also received honours, including Yagan Square by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) in the Urban Renewal Category.

“Yagan Square is successfully relinking the city with Northbridge for the first time in over a century,” Ms Hailes said.

“The project is a masterclass in successful community engagement, particularly with traditional owners, which is reflected in the built form and the immersive cultural experience for visitors” Ms Hailes said.

Yagan Square incorporates unique, iconic architecture and design and innovative construction to achieve a flagship public space that celebrates Western Australia through local produce and fostering community connection.

The second government project to receive recognition is the Scarborough Foreshore Redevelopment entered by MRA and the City of Stirling. The project has delivered seven new public amenities and a range of facilities to benefit all beachside users.

“The Scarborough Foreshore redevelopment will promote much needed further residential and commercial development in the area and could be used as a blueprint for future redevelopments around Perth,” Ms Hailes said.

“With features including an open air plaza, skate park, themed playground, central square, surf lifesaving club and public pool, this is a fantastic asset to the local community and anyone visiting the beach at Scarborough.”

Another local government receiving credit for their pioneering project was the City of Kalamunda for the Hartfield Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) at Hartfield Park.

Receiving the Judge’s Award, which recognises outstanding achievement or innovation in a particular aspect of development, the MAR scheme has enabled the City to expand available sports facilities at Hartfield Park by securing an alternate water source.

“Confronted with a complex technological and regulatory environment, the City has persevered over seven years to develop the project which now provides four times as much water as originally sought through recharging the aquifer with stormwater runoff,” Ms Hailes said. “An innovative solution to a complex issue.”

Sticking with an environmental theme, the EnviroDevelopment Chairman’s Choice Award was taken home by Cedar Woods Properties for Bushmead.

The Chairman’s Choice Award goes to an EnviroDevelopment certified project where research, innovation and design or construction techniques have enabled a significant and outstanding response to environmental conservation and improvement.

“Bushmead is an idyllic community where 70 per cent of the site has been retained as natural bushland,” Ms Hailes said. “The developers have showcased an unwavering commitment to the environment along with fostering the local community and educating residents about their ecological footprint.”

The Environmental Excellence category was won by Rosehill Waters located in South Guildford and entered by Noahs Rosehill Waters.

Turning to the density and infill categories, the medium density award was won by Blackburne Property Group for The Cove.

“The Cove has been embraced by the downsizer market seeking a high end apartment with minimal ongoing costs and fees,” Ms Hailes said.

“The Cove offers residents large living areas and balconies along with a 400 square metre green space on the roof and lower terrace which showcases the excellent architecture and design elements that set the project apart from the competition,” Ms Hailes said.

The high density category was secured by Defence Housing Australia for their Liv Apartments project in Fremantle.

The project has transformed a disused carpark into an attractive apartment complex featuring an average 7.5 star energy rating and utilised over 10,000 recycled onsite bricks. It is also one of less than 20 One Planet Living endorsed projects worldwide.

Another apartment complex featured amongst the award winners was Evermore Apartments – WGV entered by Yolk Property Group in the Affordable Development Category.

“This innovative project demonstrates passion and leadership in the installation of solar and battery storage systems and innovative governance systems that allow apartment owners to sell electricity to each other,” Ms Hailes said. “It was the first apartment development for sale in Australia to utilise such a system.”

Another innovative project is Verge Micro Lot Precinct entered by Now Living, LWP Property and the Department of Communities in the Excellence in Small-Scale Infill Development category which pioneered 80 square metre greenfield lots in Ellenbrook.

The Seniors Living/ Aged Care Category was won by a regional development, with Margaret River Lifestyle Village entered by Building Development Group taking out the honours.

“The Margaret River project is a demonstration of how quality, affordable seniors housing can be delivered in a rural setting,” Ms Hailes said.

“Overall, the winners for this year’s UDIA WA Awards for Excellence showcase the quality and diversity of land and homes that are available to the market in Perth and the regions,” Ms Hailes said. “Perth is a growing and evolving city and these projects are testament to that.”


For more information:
Gemma Osiejak
UDIA WA Executive Manager Communications & Marketing
M: 0421 506 819

BELOW: Full list of UDIA WA Award Winners & Finalists



Russel Perry Award for Urban Development Excellence
Hibernian Place + The Westin Perth entered by BGC Development

Judge’s Award
Hartfield Managed Aquifer Recharge entered by City of Kalamunda

EnviroDevelopment Chairman’s Choice Award
Bushmead entered by Cedar Woods Properties Ltd

Affordable Development
Evermore Apartments WGV entered by Yolk Property Group

Excellence in Small-Scale Infill Development
Verge Micro Lot Precinct entered by Now Living, LWP Property & Department of Communities

Medium Density Development
The Cove entered by Blackburne Property Group

High Density Development
Liv Apartments entered by Defence Housing Australia

Urban Renewal
Yagan Square entered by Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority

Environmental Excellence
Rosehill Waters entered by Noahs Rosehill Waters Pty Ltd

Seniors Living / Aged Care
Margaret River Lifestyle Village entered by Building Development Group

Excellence in Government & Public Use
Scarborough Foreshore Redevelopment entered by Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority & City of Stirling

Excellence in Retail, Commercial or Mixed Use Development
Hibernian Place + The Westin Perth entered by BGC Development

Residential Development
Trinity @ Alkimos entered by LWP Property Group

Masterplanned Development
Lakelands Estate entered by Peet Limited

UDIA Stockland Young Development Professional of the Year Award
Mark Mackenzie, Bankwest

UDIA Frasers Property Women in Leadership Award
Vivienne Edwards, Wood & Grieve Engineers