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Sydney reaches 5 million people- on its way to 8 million

Written by Administrator on Thursday, 30 March 2017 05:08.

30 March 2017

Sydney having reached a population of 5 million can learn from cities of a similar size says, the Urban Taskforce.

Sydney’s housing crisis needs strong actions to maximise supply

Written by Administrator on Tuesday, 28 March 2017 03:50.

28 March 2017

With indicators showing a slow-down in housing approvals in Sydney some strong actions are needed to boost supply and help with affordability, says the Urban Taskforce.

Faster Planning Approval Guide for NSW councils is positive but government agencies should be included

Written by Administrator on Wednesday, 22 March 2017 04:57.

22 March 2017

The Development Assessment Best Practice Guide issued by NSW Planning Minister, Anthony Roberts, is a positive move to speed up housing approvals but it should also apply to government agencies, says the Urban Taskforce.

Sydney City Council affordable housing tax will threaten housing supply

Written by Administrator on Tuesday, 21 March 2017 00:29.

17 March 2017

The proposals by the City of Sydney Council to tax new housing up to 24% for affordable housing will have a negative impact on housing supply, says the Urban Taskforce.

Private sector innovation provides quality public outcomes for Martin Place Metro

Written by Administrator on Friday, 17 March 2017 03:40.

17 March 2017

The unsolicited proposal for the development of the Martin Place metro station demonstrates the innovation that can come from the private sector, says the Urban Taskforce.

NSW Labor Housing Proposals will slow supply

Written by Administrator on Tuesday, 14 March 2017 02:37.

14 March 2017

The announcement by NSW Labor that in government they would lift surcharges for foreign investors on residential homes will slow down the supply of new homes, says the Urban Taskforce.

Affordable housing bond aggregator should be accessible to private sector housing providers

Written by Administrator on Friday, 10 March 2017 02:29.

10 March 2017

The Federal Government’s proposed affordable housing bond aggregator should be accessible to private sector housing providers as well as not for profit community housing providers, says the Urban Taskforce.

Record housing completions is good news but the trend is downwards

Written by Administrator on Wednesday, 08 March 2017 04:14.

08 March 2017

The announcement by the Minister for Housing and Planning, Anthony Roberts, that housing completions have reached a record high is good news for housing supply but the approvals trend is downwards, says the Urban Taskforce.

NSW housing approval trend is bad for housing supply and affordability

Written by Administrator on Friday, 03 March 2017 03:34.

03 March 2017

The January 2017 NSW housing approval numbers from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) indicate a downward trend with a drop of 26.5% between July 2016 and January 2017, says the Urban Taskforce.

Housing delivery positions a good beginning for Sydney’s housing crisis

Written by Administrator on Monday, 27 February 2017 05:11.

27 February 2017

The advertising of seven new positions to drive housing delivery by the Department of Planning and Environment is a good first step to help Sydney’s housing crisis, says the Urban Taskforce.

Premier needs to take a stronger role with housing supply during the transition to merged councils

Written by Administrator on Wednesday, 15 February 2017 04:07.

15 February 2017

The Premier, Gladys Berejiklian’s reason for continuing with Sydney council mergers is to increase housing supply but approvals are dropping partly due to the confusion of the merger process, says the Urban Taskforce.

Green claims of ‘massive overdevelopment’ misunderstand where people want to live

Written by Administrator on Tuesday, 07 February 2017 05:27.

07 February 2017

The data analysis on Sydney council housing targets produced by the Greens spokesperson for Urban Growth and Renewal, Jamie Parker, confuses locations where people want to live with ‘overdevelopment’, says the Urban Taskforce.

NSW Housing Minister must act as approvals dropping fast

Written by Administrator on Thursday, 02 February 2017 05:17.

02 February 2017

The latest ABS housing approval data for NSW indicates a big drop over 5 months giving the new Housing Minister a big challenge, says the Urban Taskforce.

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Sydney Harbour YHA / Big Dig Archaeology Education Centre
YHA Ltd
Development Excellence Award for
Tourism Development 2010

Award Winners 20121

 

Date :
Thursday 26 July 2012
Venue : Sheraton on the Park


Special thanks to our 2012 sponsor for their support of these Awards.

 


Category Sponsors.

landcom1  URBIS_LOGO_CYAN1


 

The Annual Dinner and Development Excellence Awards were held on Thursday 26 July 2012 in the Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf venue at Pyrmont Point.

 

 

The Development of the Year 2012 was Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residence, by Brookfield Multiplex Constructions.

 

The Taskforces awards acknowledge development projects that achieve the best outcomes in terms of client requirements, environment, business and community considerations; as well as time, cost and quality. These awards recognise the crucial role of the developer in making a new development an outstanding success.

 

The 2012 winners are set out below.

 

Will_v3
Will Anderson-  Comedian & TV Presenter
  Peter_v4
Peter Poulet -  NSW Government Architect
  NoelHemmings_v2
Noel Hemmings QC - Chairman Urban Taskforce
 Australia

Development of the Year Development Excellence Awards 2012

 

HILTON SURFERS PARADISE HOTEL AND RESIDENCE 
Brookfield Multiplex Constructions

 

The jury was impressed by both the design and the procurement process for the Hilton Surfers Paradise. The project with a previous developer had run into financial difficulties and Brookfield Multiplex collaborated with the ANZ bank to save the project. The developer overcame the financial, legal, technical and delivery hurdles to make this project happen.

 

The Project has 2 distinctive architectural high rise towers including the 33 level Boulevard Tower with 186 apartments and the 57 level Orchid Tower with 224 apartments and also a 169 room Hilton Hotel. The rescue of this project had a ripple effect into the property market of the Gold Coast in a positive manner. For its design quality and its economic performance the Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotels and Residences is a worthy winner of the Urban Taskforce Development of the year.

 

BM_1_v1

Kevin Gogolka (right), Senior Development Manager- QLD from Brookfield Multiplex Constructions, accepting the award from Minister Hazzard.

 


Winner: Development Excellence Award for Industrial Development

 

The Gore Hill Data Centre
Lindsay Bennelong Developments

 

The Employment Business Park development award goes to The Gore Hill Business Park at Artarmon. The jury was impressed with the design of this building, with its interesting diagonal bracing and its architectural detailing. Rain water is harvested and stored in underground tanks and used for the irrigation of landscaping and for the flushing of toilets.

 

The data centre establishes Gore Hill Business Park as a centre for high technology and this has started the rejuvenation of non-productive land since the departure of the ABC over nine years ago. A community shuttle bus is provided and an indoor soccer field and 3 indoor basketball courts. Externally a 3000 sq. metre landscaped park as well as a one kilometre jogging track are provided.

 

GoreHill-_Bennelong_buildings_v1


Bennelong2_v1

Susie Sloan (left) from Lindsay Bennelong Developments, accepting the award from Minister Hazzard.


Winner: Development Excellence Award for Commercial Development 2012

DARLING QUARTER
Lend Lease 

 

The Darling Quarter located at Darling Harbour is a worthy winner of the Commercial Development Award. The jury was impressed with the quality of the commercial spaces and the tenancy fit outs.

 

Even more impressive is the relationship between the building and the public domain with a series of restaurants flowing into a large play area for children. The play area seems to be very popular all year around and is an excellent contribution by the project to the community.

 

2.Darling_Quarter__bldg-lend_lease_v1


Lendlease2_v1

David Rolls (left), Managing Director, Inner Urban Development from Lend Lease accepting the award from Minister Hazzard.


Winner: Development Excellence Award for Masterplanned Communities 2012

 

NORTHLAKES ESTATE, CAMERON PARK

McCloy Group

 

The North lakes estate at Cameron Park by the McCloy Group is an excellent example of a new housing estate that works with the environment while providing quality housing. The estate is well located and has provided 130 hectares of environmentally protected open space as well as a child care centre, retirement village, numerous childrens play grounds and access to public transport along with a new community centre.

 

The project has been a commercial success with the average home- site price in 2001 being $85,000. This has risen today to $190,000 demonstrating excellent capital growth. The McCloy Group has partnered with eco- friendly house builders leading to energy and water efficient house designs.

 

 

 
 

McCloy_Grp_v1

Brian Swaine (left), Managing Director from McCloy Group accepting the award from Minister Hazzard.


Winner: Development Excellence Award for Retail Development 2012

 

COLES PORT MACQUARIE
Coles Group Property Developments

 

The Retail Development Excellence Award goes to Coles at port Macquarie. The building is designed in an art deco/ nautical style appropriate for the buildings location. The facades to the street incorporate significant areas of glass. The building was lifted above the 1 in 100 flood level and natural light through the use of extensive glazing has minimised lighting costs.  

 

Overall the project is a successful addition to Port Macquarie and has been a commercial success.

 

 

Coles_Port_bldg_v1


Coles2_v1

Joanna Russell (left), Development Manager from Coles Group Property Development accepting the award from Minister Hazzard.


Winner: Development Excellence Award for Residential Apartment Development 2012

 

THE BEACH HOUSE, BONDI BEACH
Investec Property Limited

 

The Beach House is a well-designed series of apartments located on Campbell Parade Bondi Beach. The new building wraps around an existing hotel and provides a new arcade connecting Campbell Parade to Gould Street. The sale of apartments has been very successful.

 

The jury believes that the beach house is an excellent apartment development.

 
TheBeachHouse_v1

INVESTEC_1_v1

Graeme Katz (right), Head of Property from Investec Property Limited accepting the award from Minister Hazzard.


High Commendation: For Adaptive Re-Use 2012

 

THE GALLERY AT BOTANICA
Australand Property Group

 

The Gallery at Botanica is an adaptive reuse of buildings designed originally by architects James Barnet and Walter Liberty Vernon. The adaptation to these buildings retains their character while ensuring new uses occur.  These heritage buildings have been converted into modern housing with all the facilities expected in a new building.

 

There are many environmental features and clearly the residents enjoy the precinct.

 
Australand_Botanica_v1

Australand4__landcom_jpg_v1

Adrian Arnaudon (right), Development Manager from Australand Property Group accepting the award from Minister Hazzard.

 


High Commendation: For Affordable Housing 2012

 

THE PONDS
Landcom and Australand

 

The Ponds development in the North West of Sydney is a partnership between Landcom and Australand which delivers specially designed homes to meet affordable or moderate income housing targets. As well as producing affordable housing, a high level of design has been achieved. The National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) has enabled larger housing sizes to be produced.

 

The jury was impressed with the commercial success of the project as well as the design quality.

 

 

The_Ponds_buildg_v1


Austra_and_Land_v1

Carmon Osborne (left), Development Director from Landcom and Raymond Baksmari (right), Development Director from Australand accepting the award from Minister Hazzard.

 

THE PONDS
Landcom and Australand

The Ponds development in the North West of Sydney is a partnership between Landcom and Australand which delivers specially designed homes to meet affordable or moderate income housing targets. As well as producing affordable housing, a high level of design has been achieved. The National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) has enabled larger housing sizes to be produced.

The jury was impressed with the commercial success of the project as well as the design quality.

 

The_Ponds_buildg_v1


Austra_and_Land_v1

Carmon Osborne (left), Development Director from Landcom and Raymond Baksmari (right), Development Director from Australand accepting the award from Minister Hazzard.


 

 

Chair- Mr Peter Poulet
NSW Government Architect,
Chair of the Judging Committee

 
Mr John Ferrarin

Director
WT Partnership
 
  Carolyn Cummins
Commercial Property Editor
Sydney Morning Herald
  Mr David Tanevski
Managing Director
KWC Capital Group
 
  Mr John Wynne
Director
Urbis Pty Ltd
     

 


Comments from the chair: 

"I am especially pleased to have been invited to chair the Development Excellence Awards for the Urban Taskforce in 2012. I have been impressed with the quality and clarity of the submissions, which lead to vigorous debate amongst jury members. All projects submitted should be applauded for the contribution they are making to an improved and sustainable built environment across the nation.

 

It was refreshing for me to assess projects using a broad range of criteria which reflects my philosophy that good design and creative thinking need to be applied throughout a project, for a project to be truly successful. Creativity equally applies when regarding a projects urban context, its architectural merit, its commercial success, environmental credentials and importantly how a community will benefit and accept the changes which development invariably brings.

 

Most of the projects assessed in 2012 were conceived during difficult financial circumstances. It is a credit to the industry that you have continued to innovate and develop quality projects during this time.

 

The truly creative and dogged amongst you have come up with innovative and successful projects. It is a testament to the entrepreneurial spirit that the people taking the risks to advance projects during these times, the developers, have succeeded.

 

Congratulations to the Urban Taskforce for recognising the achievements of the development industry. The award process acknowledges the hard work and intelligent creativity necessary to achieve success.  Furthermore, these awards recognise the many people that contribute to projects and their contribution to the quality and success of those projects. However most importantly these awards celebrate the developer who has had the vision and drive to bring the right team together to deliver a project which succeeds on many levels; aesthetically, commercially, environmentally and socially."

 

Peter Poulet
Chair Urban Taskforce Development Excellence Awards, 2012

 


 

  These projects represent the pinnacle of achievement for the property industry in Australia.
For more information about the awards contact Urban Taskforce on (02) 9238 3955
 

Award Winners 2012

 

Date :
Thursday 26 July 2012
Venue : Sheraton on the Park


Special thanks to our 2012 sponsor for their support of these Awards.



Category Sponsors.

landcom1  URBIS_LOGO_CYAN1


 

The Annual Dinner and Development Excellence Awards were held on Thursday 26 July 2012 in the Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf venue at Pyrmont Point.

 

 

The Development of the Year 2012 was Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residence, by Brookfield Multiplex Constructions.

 

The Taskforces awards acknowledge development projects that achieve the best outcomes in terms of client requirements, environment, business and community considerations; as well as time, cost and quality. These awards recognise the crucial role of the developer in making a new development an outstanding success.

 

The 2012 winners are set out below.

 

Will_v3
Will Anderson-  Comedian & TV Presenter
Peter_v4
Peter Poulet -  NSW Government Architect
NoelHemmings_v2
Noel Hemmings QC - Chairman Urban Taskforce
 Australia

Development of the Year Development Excellence Awards 2012

 

HILTON SURFERS PARADISE HOTEL AND RESIDENCE 
Brookfield Multiplex Constructions

 

The jury was impressed by both the design and the procurement process for the Hilton Surfers Paradise. The project with a previous developer had run into financial difficulties and Brookfield Multiplex collaborated with the ANZ bank to save the project. The developer overcame the financial, legal, technical and delivery hurdles to make this project happen.

 

The Project has 2 distinctive architectural high rise towers including the 33 level Boulevard Tower with 186 apartments and the 57 level Orchid Tower with 224 apartments and also a 169 room Hilton Hotel. The rescue of this project had a ripple effect into the property market of the Gold Coast in a positive manner. For its design quality and its economic performance the Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotels and Residences is a worthy winner of the Urban Taskforce Development of the year.

BM_Bldg_v1

BM_1_v1

Kevin Gogolka (right), Senior Development Manager- QLD from Brookfield Multiplex Constructions, accepting the award from Minister Hazzard.

 


Winner: Development Excellence Award for Industrial Development

 

The Gore Hill Data Centre
Lindsay Bennelong Developments

 

The Employment Business Park development award goes to The Gore Hill Business Park at Artarmon. The jury was impressed with the design of this building, with its interesting diagonal bracing and its architectural detailing. Rain water is harvested and stored in underground tanks and used for the irrigation of landscaping and for the flushing of toilets.

 

The data centre establishes Gore Hill Business Park as a centre for high technology and this has started the rejuvenation of non-productive land since the departure of the ABC over nine years ago. A community shuttle bus is provided and an indoor soccer field and 3 indoor basketball courts. Externally a 3000 sq. metre landscaped park as well as a one kilometre jogging track are provided.

GoreHill-_Bennelong_buildings_v1


Bennelong2_v1

Susie Sloan (left) from Lindsay Bennelong Developments, accepting the award from Minister Hazzard.


Winner: Development Excellence Award for Commercial Development 2012

DARLING QUARTER
Lend Lease 

 

The Darling Quarter located at Darling Harbour is a worthy winner of the Commercial Development Award. The jury was impressed with the quality of the commercial spaces and the tenancy fit outs.

 

Even more impressive is the relationship between the building and the public domain with a series of restaurants flowing into a large play area for children. The play area seems to be very popular all year around and is an excellent contribution by the project to the community.

2.Darling_Quarter__bldg-lend_lease_v1


Lendlease2_v1

David Rolls (left), Managing Director, Inner Urban Development from Lend Lease accepting the award from Minister Hazzard.


Winner: Development Excellence Award for Masterplanned Communities 2012

 

NORTHLAKES ESTATE, CAMERON PARK

McCloy Group

 

The North lakes estate at Cameron Park by the McCloy Group is an excellent example of a new housing estate that works with the environment while providing quality housing. The estate is well located and has provided 130 hectares of environmentally protected open space as well as a child care centre, retirement village, numerous childrens play grounds and access to public transport along with a new community centre.

 

The project has been a commercial success with the average home- site price in 2001 being $85,000. This has risen today to $190,000 demonstrating excellent capital growth. The McCloy Group has partnered with eco- friendly house builders leading to energy and water efficient house designs.

 

 

McCloy_Grp_v1

Brian Swaine (left), Managing Director from McCloy Group accepting the award from Minister Hazzard.


Winner: Development Excellence Award for Retail Development 2012

 

COLES PORT MACQUARIE
Coles Group Property Developments

 

The Retail Development Excellence Award goes to Coles at port Macquarie. The building is designed in an art deco/ nautical style appropriate for the buildings location. The facades to the street incorporate significant areas of glass. The building was lifted above the 1 in 100 flood level and natural light through the use of extensive glazing has minimised lighting costs.  

 

Overall the project is a successful addition to Port Macquarie and has been a commercial success.

 

Coles_Port_bldg_v1


Coles2_v1

Joanna Russell (left), Development Manager from Coles Group Property Development accepting the award from Minister Hazzard.


Winner: Development Excellence Award for Residential Apartment Development 2012

 

THE BEACH HOUSE, BONDI BEACH
Investec Property Limited

 

The Beach House is a well-designed series of apartments located on Campbell Parade Bondi Beach. The new building wraps around an existing hotel and provides a new arcade connecting Campbell Parade to Gould Street. The sale of apartments has been very successful.

 

The jury believes that the beach house is an excellent apartment development.

TheBeachHouse_v1

INVESTEC_1_v1

Graeme Katz (right), Head of Property from Investec Property Limited accepting the award from Minister Hazzard.


High Commendation: For Adaptive Re-Use 2012

 

THE GALLERY AT BOTANICA
Australand Property Group

 

The Gallery at Botanica is an adaptive reuse of buildings designed originally by architects James Barnet and Walter Liberty Vernon. The adaptation to these buildings retains their character while ensuring new uses occur.  These heritage buildings have been converted into modern housing with all the facilities expected in a new building.

 

There are many environmental features and clearly the residents enjoy the precinct.

Australand_Botanica_v1

Australand4__landcom_jpg_v1

Adrian Arnaudon (right), Development Manager from Australand Property Group accepting the award from Minister Hazzard.


High Commendation: For Affordable Housing 2012


THE PONDS
Landcom and Australand

 

The Ponds development in the North West of Sydney is a partnership between Landcom and Australand which delivers specially designed homes to meet affordable or moderate income housing targets. As well as producing affordable housing, a high level of design has been achieved. The National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) has enabled larger housing sizes to be produced.

 

The jury was impressed with the commercial success of the project as well as the design quality.

 


The_Ponds_buildg_v1


Austra_and_Land_v1

Carmon Osborne (left), Development Director from Landcom and Raymond Baksmari (right), Development Director from Australand accepting the award from Minister Hazzard.



Chair- Mr Peter Poulet
NSW Government Architect,
Chair of the Judging Committee


Mr John Ferrarin

Director
WT Partnership
Carolyn Cummins
Commercial Property Editor
Sydney Morning Herald
Mr David Tanevski
Managing Director
KWC Capital Group
Mr John Wynne
Director
Urbis Pty Ltd


Comments from the chair: 

"I am especially pleased to have been invited to chair the Development Excellence Awards for the Urban Taskforce in 2012. I have been impressed with the quality and clarity of the submissions, which lead to vigorous debate amongst jury members. All projects submitted should be applauded for the contribution they are making to an improved and sustainable built environment across the nation.

 

It was refreshing for me to assess projects using a broad range of criteria which reflects my philosophy that good design and creative thinking need to be applied throughout a project, for a project to be truly successful. Creativity equally applies when regarding a projects urban context, its architectural merit, its commercial success, environmental credentials and importantly how a community will benefit and accept the changes which development invariably brings.

 

Most of the projects assessed in 2012 were conceived during difficult financial circumstances. It is a credit to the industry that you have continued to innovate and develop quality projects during this time.

 

The truly creative and dogged amongst you have come up with innovative and successful projects. It is a testament to the entrepreneurial spirit that the people taking the risks to advance projects during these times, the developers, have succeeded.

 

Congratulations to the Urban Taskforce for recognising the achievements of the development industry. The award process acknowledges the hard work and intelligent creativity necessary to achieve success.  Furthermore, these awards recognise the many people that contribute to projects and their contribution to the quality and success of those projects. However most importantly these awards celebrate the developer who has had the vision and drive to bring the right team together to deliver a project which succeeds on many levels; aesthetically, commercially, environmentally and socially."

 

Peter Poulet
Chair Urban Taskforce Development Excellence Awards, 2012




These projects represent the pinnacle of achievement for the property industry in Australia.
For more information about the awards contact Urban Taskforce on (02) 9238 3955

˜Ark North Sydney
Investa Property Group
Development of the Year 2010

Award Winners 2012

 

Date :
Thursday 26 July 2012
Venue : Sheraton on the Park


Special thanks to our 2012 sponsor for their support of these Awards.

 


Category Sponsors.

landcom1  URBIS_LOGO_CYAN1


 

The Annual Dinner and Development Excellence Awards were held on Thursday 26 July 2012 in the Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf venue at Pyrmont Point.

 

 

The Development of the Year 2012 was Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residence, by Brookfield Multiplex Constructions.

 

The Taskforces awards acknowledge development projects that achieve the best outcomes in terms of client requirements, environment, business and community considerations; as well as time, cost and quality. These awards recognise the crucial role of the developer in making a new development an outstanding success.

 

The 2012 winners are set out below.

 

Will_v3
Will Anderson-  Comedian & TV Presenter
  Peter_v4
Peter Poulet -  NSW Government Architect
  NoelHemmings_v2
Noel Hemmings QC - Chairman Urban Taskforce
 Australia

Development of the Year Development Excellence Awards 2012

 

HILTON SURFERS PARADISE HOTEL AND RESIDENCE 
Brookfield Multiplex Constructions

 

The jury was impressed by both the design and the procurement process for the Hilton Surfers Paradise. The project with a previous developer had run into financial difficulties and Brookfield Multiplex collaborated with the ANZ bank to save the project. The developer overcame the financial, legal, technical and delivery hurdles to make this project happen.

 

The Project has 2 distinctive architectural high rise towers including the 33 level Boulevard Tower with 186 apartments and the 57 level Orchid Tower with 224 apartments and also a 169 room Hilton Hotel. The rescue of this project had a ripple effect into the property market of the Gold Coast in a positive manner. For its design quality and its economic performance the Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotels and Residences is a worthy winner of the Urban Taskforce Development of the year.

 
BM_Bldg_v1

BM_1_v1

Kevin Gogolka (right), Senior Development Manager- QLD from Brookfield Multiplex Constructions, accepting the award from Minister Hazzard.

 


Winner: Development Excellence Award for Industrial Development

 

The Gore Hill Data Centre
Lindsay Bennelong Developments

 

The Employment Business Park development award goes to The Gore Hill Business Park at Artarmon. The jury was impressed with the design of this building, with its interesting diagonal bracing and its architectural detailing. Rain water is harvested and stored in underground tanks and used for the irrigation of landscaping and for the flushing of toilets.

 

The data centre establishes Gore Hill Business Park as a centre for high technology and this has started the rejuvenation of non-productive land since the departure of the ABC over nine years ago. A community shuttle bus is provided and an indoor soccer field and 3 indoor basketball courts. Externally a 3000 sq. metre landscaped park as well as a one kilometre jogging track are provided.

 

GoreHill-_Bennelong_buildings_v1


Bennelong2_v1

Susie Sloan (left) from Lindsay Bennelong Developments, accepting the award from Minister Hazzard.


Winner: Development Excellence Award for Commercial Development 2012

DARLING QUARTER
Lend Lease 

 

The Darling Quarter located at Darling Harbour is a worthy winner of the Commercial Development Award. The jury was impressed with the quality of the commercial spaces and the tenancy fit outs.

 

Even more impressive is the relationship between the building and the public domain with a series of restaurants flowing into a large play area for children. The play area seems to be very popular all year around and is an excellent contribution by the project to the community.

 

2.Darling_Quarter__bldg-lend_lease_v1


Lendlease2_v1

David Rolls (left), Managing Director, Inner Urban Development from Lend Lease accepting the award from Minister Hazzard.


Winner: Development Excellence Award for Masterplanned Communities 2012

 

NORTHLAKES ESTATE, CAMERON PARK

McCloy Group

 

The North lakes estate at Cameron Park by the McCloy Group is an excellent example of a new housing estate that works with the environment while providing quality housing. The estate is well located and has provided 130 hectares of environmentally protected open space as well as a child care centre, retirement village, numerous childrens play grounds and access to public transport along with a new community centre.

 

The project has been a commercial success with the average home- site price in 2001 being $85,000. This has risen today to $190,000 demonstrating excellent capital growth. The McCloy Group has partnered with eco- friendly house builders leading to energy and water efficient house designs.

 

 

 
 

McCloy_Grp_v1

Brian Swaine (left), Managing Director from McCloy Group accepting the award from Minister Hazzard.


Winner: Development Excellence Award for Retail Development 2012

 

COLES PORT MACQUARIE
Coles Group Property Developments

 

The Retail Development Excellence Award goes to Coles at port Macquarie. The building is designed in an art deco/ nautical style appropriate for the buildings location. The facades to the street incorporate significant areas of glass. The building was lifted above the 1 in 100 flood level and natural light through the use of extensive glazing has minimised lighting costs.  

 

Overall the project is a successful addition to Port Macquarie and has been a commercial success.

 

 

Coles_Port_bldg_v1


Coles2_v1

Joanna Russell (left), Development Manager from Coles Group Property Development accepting the award from Minister Hazzard.


Winner: Development Excellence Award for Residential Apartment Development 2012

 

THE BEACH HOUSE, BONDI BEACH
Investec Property Limited

 

The Beach House is a well-designed series of apartments located on Campbell Parade Bondi Beach. The new building wraps around an existing hotel and provides a new arcade connecting Campbell Parade to Gould Street. The sale of apartments has been very successful.

 

The jury believes that the beach house is an excellent apartment development.

 
TheBeachHouse_v1

INVESTEC_1_v1

Graeme Katz (right), Head of Property from Investec Property Limited accepting the award from Minister Hazzard.


High Commendation: For Adaptive Re-Use 2012

 

THE GALLERY AT BOTANICA
Australand Property Group

 

The Gallery at Botanica is an adaptive reuse of buildings designed originally by architects James Barnet and Walter Liberty Vernon. The adaptation to these buildings retains their character while ensuring new uses occur.  These heritage buildings have been converted into modern housing with all the facilities expected in a new building.

 

There are many environmental features and clearly the residents enjoy the precinct.

 
Australand_Botanica_v1

Australand4__landcom_jpg_v1

Adrian Arnaudon (right), Development Manager from Australand Property Group accepting the award from Minister Hazzard.

 


High Commendation: For Affordable Housing 2012

 

THE PONDS
Landcom and Australand

 

The Ponds development in the North West of Sydney is a partnership between Landcom and Australand which delivers specially designed homes to meet affordable or moderate income housing targets. As well as producing affordable housing, a high level of design has been achieved. The National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) has enabled larger housing sizes to be produced.

 

The jury was impressed with the commercial success of the project as well as the design quality.

 

 

The_Ponds_buildg_v1


Austra_and_Land_v1

Carmon Osborne (left), Development Director from Landcom and Raymond Baksmari (right), Development Director from Australand accepting the award from Minister Hazzard.

 


 

 

Chair- Mr Peter Poulet
NSW Government Architect,
Chair of the Judging Committee

 
Mr John Ferrarin

Director
WT Partnership
 
  Carolyn Cummins
Commercial Property Editor
Sydney Morning Herald
  Mr David Tanevski
Managing Director
KWC Capital Group
 
  Mr John Wynne
Director
Urbis Pty Ltd
     

 


Comments from the chair: 

"I am especially pleased to have been invited to chair the Development Excellence Awards for the Urban Taskforce in 2012. I have been impressed with the quality and clarity of the submissions, which lead to vigorous debate amongst jury members. All projects submitted should be applauded for the contribution they are making to an improved and sustainable built environment across the nation.

 

It was refreshing for me to assess projects using a broad range of criteria which reflects my philosophy that good design and creative thinking need to be applied throughout a project, for a project to be truly successful. Creativity equally applies when regarding a projects urban context, its architectural merit, its commercial success, environmental credentials and importantly how a community will benefit and accept the changes which development invariably brings.

 

Most of the projects assessed in 2012 were conceived during difficult financial circumstances. It is a credit to the industry that you have continued to innovate and develop quality projects during this time.

 

The truly creative and dogged amongst you have come up with innovative and successful projects. It is a testament to the entrepreneurial spirit that the people taking the risks to advance projects during these times, the developers, have succeeded.

 

Congratulations to the Urban Taskforce for recognising the achievements of the development industry. The award process acknowledges the hard work and intelligent creativity necessary to achieve success.  Furthermore, these awards recognise the many people that contribute to projects and their contribution to the quality and success of those projects. However most importantly these awards celebrate the developer who has had the vision and drive to bring the right team together to deliver a project which succeeds on many levels; aesthetically, commercially, environmentally and socially."

 

Peter Poulet
Chair Urban Taskforce Development Excellence Awards, 2012

 


 

  These projects represent the pinnacle of achievement for the property industry in Australia.
For more information about the awards contact Urban Taskforce on (02) 9238 3955
 

Blackmores Campus
Blackmores
Development Excellence Award for
Industrial Development 2010

8 Central Avenue
ATP Partnership
Development Excellence Award for
Commercial Development 2010

Vale
Brookfield Multiplex
Development Excellence Award for Masterplanned Communities

One Minto
Landcom | Housing NSW
Development Excellence Award
 for Affordable Housing

Home HQ. North Shore
Charter Hall
Development Excellence Award
 for Adaptive Re-use

Landsdowne Gardens
Cranbrook Care
Development Excellence Award for
Retirement Living 2010

North, Milsons Point
Rebel Property Group | Australand Holdings | Capitalland Australia
Development Excellence Award for Residential Apartment Development 2010