SPENDING more than $10 million on a residents-only club and adjoining district park paid dividends for developer Villawood Properties, which scooped up an award for community engagement yesterday.
Club Armstrong and the neighbouring District Park are the centrepiece of the Armstrong estate at Mt Duneed.
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The Urban Development Institute of Australia award recognises leadership and innovation in services and social infrastructure in residential projects.
Villawood Properties executive director Rory Costelloe said there’s more to creating a community than building housing allotments.
“The Club Armstrong facility is a testament to the enviable lifestyle that Villawood’s many community clubs provide, but this was the first in a regional area and it has really lifted the benchmark in Geelong’s urban development,” Mr Costelloe said.
“Collectively, the club and park cost more than $10 million to deliver, but they have already paid for themselves tenfold. They have become a much-loved, vibrant hub and they promote a healthy, social community where residents form strong and lasting relationships.”
The club has a heated pool, outdoor pool, gymnasium, family playroom, tennis courts, cafe and function space.
Villawood’s landscape consultant Barry Murphy was also awarded for his work at Armstrong, while Armstrong Creek estate Warralily also took out two awards.