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RPS expertise = winning edge at UDIA Awards in WA

RPS expertise = winning edge at UDIA Awards in WA

    RPS involvement has proved a winning formula for entrants at this year’s Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) Awards for Excellence in Western Australia, with no less than five of our client’s projects taking out top honours.

    Alkimos Beach, The Playground at Coolbellup, New North, Annie’s Landing at Ellenbrook and Eliza Ponds all received UDIA Awards at a ceremony on Saturday night, and RPS Technical Director for Environment - Land & Infrastructure, John Halleen, said his team was proud to have contributed to such innovative projects.

    “The fact that these developments have been recognised by the Institute as innovative and unique is proof not only of the level of excellence that our clients are seeking to achieve when they look to create these communities, but also of our success in helping them achieve these goals,” he said.

    “Successful, liveable and sustainable communities are built on strong partnerships and true collaboration. We look forward to our continued work on these award-winning projects, and further collaboration with our clients to achieve even better urban design, planning and environmental management outcomes into the future.”  

    2016 Award Winners

    LandCorp and Lendlease’s Alkimos Beach project won the EnviroDevelopment Chairman’s Choice Award. RPS managed the environmental approvals and coastal management plan for the project, laying the groundwork for the achievement of multiple sustainability accreditations including a 6 Star Green Star – Communities certification, and independent verification under the EnviroDevelopment rating tool - a scientifically-based branding system that makes it easier for purchasers to recognise and select environmentally sustainable homes and lifestyles.

    Infill projects, The Playground at Coolbellup, by development partners Lend Lease and LandCorp, and New North by Satterley Property Group, were joint-winners of the Urban Renewal Award.

    RPS was the lead planning and environmental consultant for The Playground, one of three former primary school sites at Coolbellup including the UDIA award-winning ‘The Primary’  and recently commenced 'The Assembly' development. Our Perth-based Planning team provided core town planning, urban design and approval services, while our Environment and Water team offered valuable advice to support best practice environmental management and remediation on this highly sensitive urban infill site.

    For New North, RPS undertook historic land use site investigations, supervised remediation activities and the subsequent validation of remedial works that would help Satterley Group render the site suitable for residential development.

    Eliza Ponds completed its holy trinity of UDIA awards, adding a Residential Development Under 250 Lots commendation to the UDIA Rising Star Award it achieved in 2014 and its Urban Renewal and Urban Water Excellence category wins last year.

    RPS was the lead environmental consultant for the project, applying a risk-based approach to contamination investigation, remediation and construction works to support the redevelopment of the Watsonia Foods industrial site for MMJ Real Estate on behalf of George Weston Foods.

    Annie’s Landing, the eighth and final village release for the Swan Valley town of Ellenbrook, took out the Residential Development Over 250 Lots Award. RPS was responsible for all environmental approvals and management of the Lexia Conservation Reserve, Southern Creek foreshore, priority flora species and acid sulfate soil remediation on behalf of LWP Property.

    About the Awards

    The WA UDIA Awards for Excellence celebrate remarkable developments throughout Western Australia, and have been specifically developed by and for the development industry to recognise excellence and innovation.

    Media Enquiries: Lara Thompson or Lauren Bonser on (07) 3237 8899

    13 September 2016