Wivenhoe Village wins retirement living award

A semi-rural retirement living development on the outskirts of Sydney has achieved national recognition at the 2018 Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Awards.

 

Boutique developer Mbark Pty Ltd was presented with the GHD Woodhead Award for Best Retirement Living Development for its Wivenhoe Village development at a gala dinner in Sydney last night.

 

Wivenhoe Village, located within the Kirkham Rise development, offers more than seven kilometres of walking trails and cycleways through picturesque bushland, woodland parks and onsite dams. The semi-rural environment is convenient to shops, community facilities, hospitals and churches.

Wivenhoe Village

Property Council Chief Executive Ken Morrison says Mbark showed unwavering commitment to a new housing model for people looking to downsize.

 

“Retirement living was initially not permitted on the site, so Mbark needed a clear vision to gain the support of local and state planning authorities,” Mr Morrison explains.

 

“This visionary approach provides new housing options to people who have lived on acreages and larger lots and want to downsize without losing privacy and space.”

 

Development was restricted to areas where bush clearing had already occurred, which means the retirement living precinct is set amongst 120 hectares of Cumberland Plain Woodlands.

 

Homes are single-storey and freestanding, oriented to capture northern sun and bushland or park views. A combination of two and three-bedroom designs, including studies, also feature the choice of oversized single or double garages.

 

“Wivenhoe’s motto is ‘retirement without compromise’, and this has undoubtedly been delivered,” says RLB’s Managing Director NSW Matthew Harris.

 

“The judges were impressed with an innovative retirement village that provides a private, luxurious and independent lifestyle connected to its local community,” Mr Harris adds.

 

RLB has partnered with the Property Council of Australia to present the Innovation & Excellence Awards program since its inception in 1982.

 

The 2018 Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Award winners were announced on Friday 11 May 2018 at a gala dinner at the International Convention Centre Sydney.

 

A full list of winners is available at www.propertycouncilawards.com.au

 

2018 Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards National awards winners

Award

Name of Development

State

Owner

Nominator

RLB Australian Development of the Year

Barangaroo South

NSW

Lendlease

Lendlease

SAS International Award for Best Office
Development

EY Centre, 200 George Street

NSW

Mirvac

Mirvac

Eagle Lighting Australia Award for Best
Workplace Project

Lendlease Barangaroo

NSW

Lendlease

Lendlease

WSP Award for Best Sustainable
Development – New Buildings

Barangaroo South

NSW

Lendlease

Lendlease

CEFC Award for Best Sustainable
Development – Existing Buildings

Stockland Wetherill Park

NSW

Stockland

Stockland

Crown Group Award for Best Residential
Development

Newport

QLD

Frasers Property Australia

Frasers Property Australia

EPM Projects Award for Best Master
Planned Community

Alkimos Beach

WA

Landcorp

Lendlease and Landcorp

GOUGH Recruitment Award for Best
Affordable Housing Development

Haven @ Rockingham

WA

Access Housing Ltd

Access Housing Ltd

Yardi Award for Best Shopping Centre
Development

Stockland Wetherill Park

NSW

Stockland

Stockland

Brain & Poulter Award for Best Tourism and
Leisure Development

ICC Sydney Convention
Centre

NSW

Project Co,
Darling Harbour Live Consortium

Lendlease

Woods Bagot Award for
Best Public Building

ICC Sydney Convention
Centre

NSW

Project Co,
Darling Harbour Live Consortium

Lendlease

Liberty Steel Award for Best Mixed Use
Development

Barangaroo South

NSW

Lendlease

Lendlease

LJ Hooker Commercial Award for Best
Business or Industrial Park

Caribbean Park

VIC

Caribbean Group

Peter Ryan Architects

S4B Studio Award for Best Heritage
Development

The Old Clare Hotel

NSW

Sonrac Developments Pty Ltd

Icon Co (NSW) Pty Ltd

GHD Woodhead Award for Best Retirement
Living Development

Wivenhoe Village

NSW

Mbark Pty Ltd

Mbark Pty Ltd

KONE Award for Development Innovation

Tonsley Innovation District

SA

Renewal SA

Renewal SA

Equiem Award for
Project Innovation

Project REDDA

NSW

n/a

Allens

HillPDA Award for Government Leadership

Bang Bang Rifle Club

VIC

n/a

VicTrack

du Chateau Chun Award for Future Leader
of the Year

Rebecca Fitzgerald

NSW

n/a

WSP

PwC Award for Diversity < 250 Employees

Slattery

n/a

n/a

Slattery

Moulis Legal Award for Diversity > 250
Employees

Cushman & Wakefield

n/a

n/a

Cushman & Wakefield

Tenderfield People's Choice Award

Barangaroo South

NSW

Lendlease

Lendlease

 

12 May 2018.