Elizabeth Quay was named Australia’s best urban renewal project. Photo: Attila Csaszar

WA projects win national property awards

Friday, 23 March, 2018 - 12:33

Alkimos Beach and Elizabeth Quay have won top honours at the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s national awards for excellence, presented in Melbourne last night.

UDIA WA president Nick Allingame congratulated all of the winners, who he said were raising the bar for urban development in Australia.

Alkimos Beach, a joint-venture between LandCorp and Lendlease, was named Australia’s best residential project.

“Alkimos Beach is a multiple award-winning estate that was also the first development in Western Australia to achieve a six leaf rating under UDIA’s EnviroDevelopment program,” Mr Allingame said. 

“The developers have created a fantastic sense of community and place through early investment in community infrastructure and they have set the bar extremely high for their competitors.

“Alkimos Beach is a shining example of a sustainable, environmentally conscious new community that ticks all the boxes for new home buyers.”

LandCorp chief executive Frank Marra said Alkimos Beach was part of the largest and most significant coastal development north of Perth in 50 years.

He said the team had approached the project with a focus on dune retention and foreshore rehabilitation, which had allowed the residential villages, infrastructure and activity nodes to sit on a distinct coastal setting.  

“Our vision for Alkimos Beach has been to achieve a new benchmark in sustainable living, striving for a carbon neutral community, while carefully balancing the superb natural environment with a progressive yet affordable development that demonstrates best practice in design and delivery of a vibrant and well-connected community,” Mr Marra said.

Lendlease WA communities general manager Anthony Rowbottam said Alkimos Beach was a fantastic example of sustainable residential development in WA.

“A strong vision, innovative planning and design, and investment in community partnerships which provide long-term, sustainable opportunities for residents have achieved a fantastic outcome for the community of Alkimos Beach,” he said.

The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority’s Elizabeth Quay in the CBD took out the title for the best urban renewal project in the country.

“The project has transformed the Perth waterfront, which is attracting international investment and creating a foundation for new economic development opportunities in the surrounding area,” Mr Allingame said. 

“The popularity of Elizabeth Quay with locals and tourists alike is testament to the good planning and execution of the project overall.”