24 Oct 2016

Urbis’ Perth team has won a prestigious Australian Urban Design Award for WGV at White Gum Valley.

The team won the Australia Award for Urban Design, Policies, Programs and Concepts – Small Scale for its work with Landcorp transforming the former Kim Beazley School in Perth’s White Gum Valley into a residential village that offers the community a large variety of housing options.

WGV is a unique urban infill redevelopment project that aims to create a best practice blueprint for the planning and development of small infill sites within middle suburbs while demonstrating the economic and social benefits of sustainable development.

These projects and designs will enhance our cities’ built environments for the people they must serve, and leave a lasting legacy for future generations.

Urbis provided planning and urban design services from the inception of the project back in 2011. The team comprised Ray Haeren, Kris Nolan, Sally Birkhead, Stijn Le Large and Shannon O’Loughlin.

With the support of Landscape, they worked hard to capture the local character into the development framework for the site.

Stijn Le Large, who worked as an urban designer on the project, said: “The site and the surrounding community demanded a design that responded to the eclectic nature of the White Gum Valley Area. The final design accommodated a great variety of housing typologies and retains existing topography, trees and community facilities to ensure this new development feels embedded within the local community from day one.”

The Australian Urban Design Awards is convened by the Planning Institute of Australia. Its patrons are Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister of Australia and Lucy Turnbull AO, former Lord Mayor of Sydney and Chief Commissioner of the Greater Sydney Commission.

In a message congratulating the finalists, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said: “These projects and designs will enhance our cities’ built environments for the people they must serve, and leave a lasting legacy for future generations.”

This recognition marks WGV at White Gum Valley’s fourth award within year, having received the Best Planning Ideas – Small or Local Project award with partner Landcorp at the PIA Awards for Planning Excellence both at State and National level and the 2016 UDIA Awards for Excellence Judge’s Award.

Urbis was also shortlisted at the Australian Urban Design Awards for its work for Cockburn Coast, establishing a new community on one of Perth’s most idyllic beaches.

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