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Creating a sense of place in new developments 24/09/2016

Developers aim to create vibrant communities that feature public spaces and features that provide an area with that sense of place that is so important to residents.

Developers aim to create vibrant communities that feature public spaces and features that provide an area with that sense of place that is so important to residents.

Whether it is creating a vibrant community from scratch or integrating into existing communities in infill locations, community is at the centre of quality residential development.

Community was a major theme running through the UDIA Awards for Excellence this year, with the judges noting a number of the winning developments’ commitment to building a sense of place.

One of the first masterplanned developments of its kind in WA, Ellenbrook, is a great example of what can be achieved in terms of building a new community from scratch.

Ellenbrook has won numerous awards and accolades and the latest development within Ellenbrook to win the Residential Development Over 250 Lots award is Annie’s Landing by LWP Property Group.

Annie’s Landing features one of the broadest mix of home sites in WA while maintaining a distinctive rural village setting that is represented in the built form, parkland, school and community facilities. This all works to provide a sense of identity for the local community that is capped off by quality public open space, a primary school, retail, commercial and community facilities.

Another development that is setting the bar high for community development is Vale by Stockland which won the Masterplanned Development category. The estate features schools, sporting facilities, shops and other community amenities, plus a whopping 23 per cent of the site is bushland, wetlands and parkland, which the local community value greatly.

The Village at Wellard by Peet and the Housing Authority, which took out the Sustainable Development category, is a great example of how creating walkable places can build social interaction and a sense of community and safety. The majority of home sites are within a 10-minute walk of the train station.

Looking to urban regeneration, there were dual winners in this category; The New North by Satterley and the Housing Authority and The Playground, Coolbellup by LandCorp and Lendlease.

The New North has transformed a run-down state housing estate into a desirable yet affordable place to live, while The Playground has provided great amenity not only to new residents but the broader community. With 25 per cent of the site dedicated to public space, the development has undoubtedly added value to the surrounding residential areas while enhancing local community facilities.

It is not just greenfield developments that can create a sense of community; Aria Apartments by Blackburne Property was the high-density winner and a testament to how quality communal amenities such as rooftop sky garden, infinity pool and a range of other resort-style facilities can bring residents together.

For more information on all the winners, visit www.udiawa.com.au/go/awards-forexcellence.

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