A major developer who created a new habitat for koalas in one of the state’s fast growing regions has taken out a top gong at the UDIA Queensland Awards for Excellence.
Gainsborough Greens at Pimpama on the Gold Coast, which is being developed by Mirvac, was awarded Project of the Year, with the residential development also taking home the Environmental Excellence award.
The project was described as a “benchmark example of environmental rehabilitation”, with the new wildlife habitat located within a 170 hectare conservation area.
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Gainsborough Greens by Mirvac took out Propject of the Year and the Environmental Excellence award
But it wasn’t just the environment that scored points with the judges, with developers also receiving recognition for their efforts in affordable housing, community spaces, cutting edge design and technology.
Twenty-four awards were presented by Mitchell Brandtman at the sold-out ceremony at Brisbane City Hall this afternoon, with the event celebrating its 27th anniversary this year.
Determining a winner takes a staggering eight months from launch to the completion of judging, with entrants subjected to an onsite visit and a review of their submission.
Two developments shared the Regional Project of the Year Award – Harris Crossing (Townsville) by Maidment Group and Latitude25 RV Lifestyle Community (Hervey Bay) by Nikenbah Constructions.
The Urban Renewal and Retail and Commercial categories were awarded to Brisbane developer Aria Property Group for their Fish Lane Town Square project.
Fish Lane Town Square by Aria Property Group
“This development, through collaboration with council and Queensland Rail, has transformed a carpark and storage area to a thriving dining and retail destination for the area,” the award judges said.
Aria’s project The Standard also won the High Density Development – Greater than 10 Storeys award, and the Design Excellence category.
Inside The Standard by Aria Property Group
Hutchinson Builders also took out the Construction Excellence award for their work on The Standard, which will include national retailers, Tesla vehicles for residents, 2000sq m of resident amenities and high quality fixtures and finishes.
The Medium Density Development award went to Mosaic Property Group for their Drift by Mosaic project at Coolum Beach, the suburb’s first new apartment complex in 13 years.
Avalon by Mosaic on the Maroochy River also took out the High SDensity – 10 Storeys or Less category.
Drift by Mosaic won the Medium Density Development award
Avalon by Mosaic Property Group
The Residential Subdivision category winner was Harvest Rise (Greenbank) by Intrapac Property, with its central linear park and biodiversity corridor noted for their excellence.
KubUnity by Paul Michael Propery Ventures took out the Affordable Housing category, with the judges saying it “overcame significant barriers to deliver more affordable housing in a traditional market setting”.
“Thanks to extraordinary attention to detail this project is the first eco-friendly, affordable
residential project designed specifically for first home buyers,” the judges said.
Aura by Stockland on the Sunshine Coast won the Master Planned Development category, with its “unprecedented network of veloways and shared paths linking all parts of the community”.
“The development encompasses a broad range of facilities and housing options and the creation of a civic heart fosters community spirit,” the judges said.
Summerlin Terrace Homes by Dennis Family Corporation won the Small Scale Development category, while Arbor Sherwood Retirement Village by BHC Creating Liveable Communities won the Seniors Living award.
Arbor Sherwood Retirement Village
The Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy took out the Wildcard category for its social housing project, Door42 Youth Centre.
Inside the Door42 Youth Centre
Other winners included:
MARKETING EXCELLENCE: Cannes Waterfront Living by Marquee Development Partners (Gold Coast) – Marketing Excellence
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT EXCELLENCE: Woodbury Community Engagement by Fiteni Properties (Redland)
Social and Community Infrastructure: Ipswich Tulmur Place and Library by Ipswich City Council (Ipswich)
Consultants’ Excellence: Pelican Waters Southern Lake by Covey Associates (Sunshine Coast)
Young Leader: Harrison Phillips, Sekisui House Australia
Women in Leadership: Sandra Browne, Cottee Parker Architects
Diversity in Development: Mirvac
Cannes Waterfront Living won the Marketing Excellence category