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Seed pod inspired Banksia, Newquay, tower wins top honour

Written by The ReReport

UDIA Victorian 2018 awards - EMBARGOED - DECEMBER 7, 11.59pm

The Banksia development inspired by a seed pod was recognised by a UDIA award.

An apartment tower inspired by a seed pod has collected a top honour in this year’s Urban Development Institute of Australia (Victorian) Awards for Excellence.

The Banksia, Newquay, named for the banksia seed pod that inspired its design, was recognised as the best high density development above 10 storeys.

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Developed by MAB Corporation and Hickory Group it’s unique design which also helped provide water views to more apartments, had marked it as the year’s most impressive tower.

UDIA Victorian 2018 awards - EMBARGOED - DECEMBER 7, 11.59pm

Water views across Albert Park lake were also a feature at the 181 Fitzroy St development.

Pace Development Group’s 181 Fitzroy St development in St Kilda was also acknowledged for its use of water views — taking advantage of a vista across Albert Park to the CBD.

UDIA Victorian chief executive Danni Addison said the pair reflected the importance of starting with the right location and designing a project that suited the site.

Deal Corporation’s efforts to retain the heritage facade of their CF Row development at a former furniture warehouse in Fitzroy were named the state’s best urban renewal project.

UDIA Victorian 2018 awards - EMBARGOED - DECEMBER 7, 11.59pm

The CF Row development helped retain a piece of Fitzroy’s neighbourhood character and boost the popular suburb’s housing supply.

Without dramatic changes to neighbourhood character, the project added seven townhouses and an array of apartments.

“Projects like this are critical, and they’re what people want to buy into,” Ms Addison said.

A 125ha patch of dirt adjoining the Princes Freeway between Melbourne and Geelong, with an easement for gas and oil on it, also rose to the top.

The Upper Point Cook development by Satterley Property Group was recognised by the UDIA as the best residential development over 250 lots.

UDIA Victorian 2018 awards - EMBARGOED - DECEMBER 7, 11.59pm

The Upper Point Cook estate was a patch of dirt next to a highway a few years ago.

The project had demonstrated what could be achieved when a developer showed patience and worked to get the right result for a site through consultation with local councils and stakeholders, Ms Addison said.

It was also a nod for the state’s west, where Point Cook as well as more regional developments in Geelong were well represented.

“We are seeing some really great products coming out of the industry in the west in particular,” Ms Addison said.

Warralily by Newland Developers collected the masterplanned development award and the environmental award for excellence. The two acknowledgments reflected its rehabilitation of the Armstrong Creek corridor in a way that has given the 7000-resident community there a distinctive feature.

UDIA Victorian 2018 awards - EMBARGOED - DECEMBER 7, 11.59pm

The award for Environmental Excellence went to Warralily.

The landscaping and Club Armstrong community centre at Villawood Properties’ 3000-lot Armstrong, Mt Duneed, also received awards.


Newport Women’s Housing: Affordable development award

Lifestyle Berwick Waters: Special purpose

Warralily: Environmental excellence award & Masterplanned development award

181 Fitzroy St: High density development award (under 10 storeys)

Banksia, Newquay: High density development award (over 10 storeys)

Elwood House: Medium density development award; Judges award (metropolitan)

Upper Point Cook: Residential development award (over 250 lots)

CF Row: Urban renewal award

Club Armstrong: Community engagement excellence award

Woodelea and Maddocks eContracts (Consultant’s award)

Aurora Precinct 1: Landscape award

Barry Murphy: Landscaping at Armstrong Creek (Judges award) regional Victoria

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