MNG congratulates 2014 UDIA Awards for Excellence winning clients

1st September 2014

MNG wishes to congratulate highly valued clients Satterley Property Group and Department of Housing, Peet and BGC Development, JAXON and Department of Housing and MMJ Real Estate for their prestigious 2014 UDIA Awards for Excellence wins for projects MNG proudly provides survey and associated spatial information services to.

As a project consultant to these projects, MNG also receives recognition from UDIA for its role in the developments. MNG has now collected 72 UDIA Awards for Excellence in the past 20 years, showcasing its status as an industry-preferred supplier of survey and spatial information services to some of the State's most prestigious property and land developers.

Highly sought after in WA's Land Development industry, the UDIA WA Awards for Excellence is one of WA's most respected and valued industry awards programs. The awards have been specifically developed by and for the Land Development industry to recognise excellence and innovation in one of the State's most critical industry groups.

"MNG congratulates our clients on their successes at the 2014 UDIA WA Awards for Excellence," MNG Chief Executive Officer / Managing Director Scott Anderson said.

"As a company we are committed to providing our highly valued client base with industry leading levels of customer service and innovative project solutions to help ensure they are well positioned to achieve excellence with their various projects. We very much look forward to strengthening our relationships with our award winning clients and continuing in our role as one of their preferred suppliers of survey and geospatial information services."

UDIA Award for Excellence – Rising Star Award

Won by JAXON Pty Ltd and Department of Housing for their South Hedland New Living project

About the project

In recent years the community of South Hedland has undergone one of Australia’s most dramatic transformations as a result of an urban renewal project being driven by the Department of Housing in partnership with one of Australia’s most experienced development and construction companies, JAXON.

The project will see the refurbishment of 480 houses, the creation and planned delivery of approximately 1,000 residential lots, the delivery of selected public infrastructure including recreation area and public open space and community development initiatives.

Judges' comments

South Hedland suffered for a number of years as a byword for poor urban planning and debilitating social problems. In 2005 the Department of Housing embarked on a programme of revitalisation and appointed JAXON Construction as project manager. It is the largest urban renewal initiative undertaken in regional WA.

The project involves the creation of approximately 1000 new lots by the end of the project plus the refurbishment of almost 550 homes. To date over 350 homes have been refurbished and over 650 lots created.

The replanning of much of South Hedland’s notoriously circuitous street layout has made the area far more legible and has enabled the productive use of previously unused and wasted land.

The results to date are a testament to both the long term commitment of the Department and to the project management skills of JAXON Construction.

UDIA Award for Excellence – Rising Star Award

Won by MMJ Real Estate for its Eliza Ponds project

About the project

The new Eliza Ponds estate has quickly gained a reputation as one of the most historic, well-located and liveable communities to be developed close to Fremantle in recent times.

Located just 1km from Coogee Beach, the new master-planned community has become known for its picturesque ponds and pretty parklands, in addition to its commemorative boardwalks and public art.

Named after the wife of William Watson, the founder of Watsonia, and the historic wetlands that pepper the site, the Eliza Ponds community is proving popular with young families, with an impressive choice of four childcare centres, three public primary schools and one Catholic primary school nearby.

During its transformation, careful attention was paid to the site's scenic ponds, with a major focus on rehabilitating and enhancing the area's wetlands, which involved relocating turtles, snakes and fish to a nearby conservation area.

Several interpretive signs have also been included in the new community, which include details about significant local businessman, philanthropist and politician William Watson, the Founder of Watsonia, in addition to the site's factory, which was a major local employer in the area, and its homestead.

Judges' comments

Each year the Rising Star Award is bestowed on a first time entrant whose entry may or may not have succeeded in winning an Award Category. Through its Eliza Ponds development in Spearwood, MMJ Real Estate was considered the worthy winner of this year’s Rising Star Award.

Over the past five years MMJ Real Estate, on behalf of the landowner George Weston Foods Limited, has transformed the former Watsonia manufacturing site in Spearwood from a contaminated 100 year old industrial facility to a high quality residential estate with a vastly improved environmental outcome. Located just 1km from Coogee Beach, this emerging community will be one to watch.

UDIA Award for Excellence – Affordable Development Award

Won by Peet and BGC Development for their Invita Apartments (Stage 1) project

About the project

The Invita Apartments challenge the perception that affordability has to come at the cost of style, convenience or quality.

Located in The Village at Wellard, Perth’s first greenfields transit-oriented development on the southern suburbs railway line, the apartments are walking distance to the Wellard Train Station, a growing Village Centre and established parkland.

Residents can reach the CBD or Mandurah in less than half an hour by rail, saving time and money, particularly at peak periods. For exercise, they can use the free, interactive Calico fitness program as they walk, cycle or run the community’s pathways. The apartments’ six-star energy-efficient design keeps costs down too.

Judges' comments

The Affordable Development category was the most hotly contested in this year’s awards. The Invita Apartments at Wellard emerged as the winner because of the way the project has delivered affordable living accommodation at the heart of the Village Centre at Wellard.

The development is a joint venture between Peet Limited and BGC Residential and has provided a new and different housing choice at Wellard. The development provides affordable accommodation not only in terms of price, but also because the buildings are designed to be energy efficient and its location means all of the facilities of the Village Centre are on the doorstep.

As part of a purposely designed transit oriented development, the Invita Apartments have access to the Perth-Mandurah train station only 250 metres away. All this reduces the whole of living cost, providing enhanced

affordability.

UDIA Award for Excellence – Masterplanned Development Award

Won by Satterley Property Group and Department of Housing for their Brighton project

About the project

The Satterley Property Group community has been a best seller in the Perth market since its launch 13 years ago with buyers attracted to the thriving community which is close to the beach and has extensive facilities available within the development.

For more than a decade, Brighton has achieved excellence in environmental sustainability, community creation and integration, economic sustainability, affordable housing solutions and practice in urban design and form.

Upon completion, the 630ha estate will be home to more than 25,000 people, in more than 7600 dwellings through the creation of 5250 lots.

Brighton is home to four primary schools, two high schools, a community centre, a village shopping centre including a medical centre, a Coles Supermarket and a Masters Home Improvement store which is located in the Brighton district centre.

Brighton residents also have the opening of the Butler Train Station to look forward to in September which will give residents a quick 37 minute ride to the Perth CBD.

Judges' comments

Brighton has been under development since 2000. It is a joint venture between the Department of Housing, Satterley Property Group and private investors. At full development it will contain over 5200 lots and house over 25 000 people, with a district shopping centre already underway, a completed village centre and six schools. Later this year the Butler train station opens and will become the new terminus of the northern suburbs rail line.

Brighton has seen many innovations during its development, including environmentally sustainable development at ‘The Green’, the Brighton Shed with its training programs, and the early development of cottage lots and apartments. Community development has always been a high priority with many groups being established. As the development matures and nears completion Brighton has successfully provided all of the elements of a masterplanned development.