Perth’s iconic Yagan Square development by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority has taken out top honours at the UDIA National Awards presented on the Gold Coast earlier this week.

The project won awards in the Urban Renewal category and also won the prestigious President’s Award.

Testament to the success of Yagan Square, the President’s Award is bestowed on the ‘best of the best’ of all projects entered into the national awards program.

The national judges said Yagan Square was a “transformational project for Perth, which sets new benchmarks across a range of metrics”.

“Yagan Square is successfully relinking the city with Northbridge for the first time in over a century,” UDIA WA CEO Tanya Steinbeck 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.”

Yagan Square incorporates unique architecture and design schemes and innovative construction methods to achieve a fl agship public space that celebrates Western Australia through local produce and fostering community connection.

It has vastly enhanced movement and connectivity within the city by linking seamlessly with  surrounding landmarks and bridging a geographical divide that previously existed between the CBD and Northbridge.

“The new civic space features an array of public amenities for visitors to enjoy including the fantastic Market Hall eatery, outdoor playspace, wildflower garden, digital tower, artworks and an amphitheatre,” Ms Steinbeck said.

“You only have to visit Yagan Square to see how vibrant and popular it has become in a very short space of time.

“Yagan Square certainly deserves this fantastic recognition and I congratulate the team at MRA for delivering such an iconic place for Western Australia’s capital city.”