Joondalup Times

TWO local projects were among the winners at the 2019 Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) WA’s 2019 Awards for Excellence this month.

Allara by Satterley Property Group and LandCorp was recognised as the EnviroDevelopment Chairman’s Choice and The Amble Estate in Girrawheen by Yolk Property Group and Department of Communities won in the Environment Excellence category as well as the Residential Development (250 lots or fewer) category.

UDIA WA chief executive Tanya Steinbeck said Allara was an EnviroDevelopment certified project in all six elements. Its initiatives included bike-sharing facilities, an on-site recycling centre, extensive green space, solar panels and energy smart meter monitoring systems for all residents, and a range of fantastic community events.

“The Amble is an ambitious urban infill project on a former primary school site that has been a catalyst for a more sustainable and connected community in an area characterised by anti-social behaviour and littering,” Ms Steinbeck said.

Among a range of measures, a significant part of the estate’s sustainable living package is the solar power purchase agreement, the first of its kind to be offered to homebuyers free of charge by a residential estate in WA, delivering a net 40 per cent discount on daytime solar energy.

Stirling Capital received the evening’s top honour, the Russel Perry Award for Urban Development Excellence, for Cirque, Mt Pleasant. The project also won the high density development category, with the judges saying it set a high benchmark for future development in the burgeoning Canning Bridge precinct.

The luxurious apartment building has 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,” Ms Steinbeck said.

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