On Friday we were honoured to be part of the team that received two awards at the annual WA Awards for Planning Excellence.
According to the Planning Institute of Australia, ‘the awards aim to emphasise the important role of the planning profession in the development of Western Australia’s communities and places and to heighten public awareness of good planning.’
Our project, WGV at White Gum Valley, received both the award for Best Planning Ideas – Small Project and the Planning Minister’s Award! The project was submitted jointly by Landcorp, Urbis and CODA, and was praised for ‘its ability to demonstrate the economic, environmental and social benefits of sustainable development. It provides a range of affordable and inclusive living options, incorporates elements of the natural environment and retains a connection with the sense of place for the existing local community’.
We are particularly delighted to receive this award as WGV represents exactly the sort of work that we love doing – collaborative, community-focussed and challenging. We relish to chance to work at the front end of housing developments, as they offer bold opportunities to influence the way in which houses function and communities develop.
We are looking forward to continuing to see the project develop in our next role as WGV Estate Architect.