UTA Development Excellence awards open for entries

Urban Taskforce Australia has announced that entries for its 2014 Development Excellence awards are now open.

The Urban Taskforce Development Excellence Awards 2014, acknowledges development that achieves the best outcomes for all stakeholders in terms of client requirements, environment, business and community considerations; as well as time, cost and quality.

The 2014 awards will be judged by a panel made up of public and private sector panelists and the awards are open to any development that is completed by March 2014 and subsequently occupied by May 2014.

Judging criteria is broad and includes aspects such as commercial success, innovation, environment and sustainability measures, urban design, architectural merit and end user satisfaction.

The awards likewise have no defined categories and as the Entry Book states, awards may be presented in areas such as affordable housing, heritage preservation, retail and industrial development and mix-used development.

Entries close 11th April 2014.

The entry book and entry form can be found on Urban Taskforce Australia's website.

Development & Planning

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 12:00
The swirl of development activity in Footscray has found another gear as new projects are submitted for approval, or are on the verge of beginning construction. Two separate planning applications have been advertised by Maribyrnong City Council; their subsequent addition to the Urban Melbourne Project Database has seen the overall number of apartment developments within Footscray in development swell to 40.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 12:00
The marriage of old and new can be a difficult process, particularly when the existing structure has intrinsic heritage value. In previous times Fitzroy's 237 Napier Street served as the home of furniture manufacturer C.F. Rojo and Sons. Taking root during 1887, Christobel Rojo oversaw operations though over time the site would become home to furniture manufacturer Thonet.

Visual Melbourne

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 07:00
The former site of John Batman's home, Batman's Hill is entering the final stages of its redevelopment. Collins Square's final tower has begun its skyward ascent, as has Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter Commercial and Residential precinct already. Melbourne Quarter's first stage is at construction and involves a new 12-storey home for consultancy firm Arup along with a skypark.

Transport & Design

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 11:00
Infrastructure Victoria unveiled a new round of research into its larger programme of work dealing with managing transport demand. The authority contracted Arup and KPMG to produce the Melbourne Activity Based Model (MABM) and while it is new, it is considered fit for purpose in the strategic context.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:00
Cbus Property's office development for Medibank at 720 Bourke Street in Docklands recently became the first Australian existing property to receive a WELL Certification, Gold Shell and Core rating. The WELL rating goes beyond sustainable building features with a greater focus on the health and well-being of a building's occupants.