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    Perth’s Forrest Place trumps Surfers Paradise’s foreshore redevelopment as WA cleans up in PIA national awards

    Nathan Johnson

    Perth’s Forrest Place (with design by Woodhead) has won top honours in this year’s Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) Awards despite stiff competition from Place Design Group’s Surfers Paradise Foreshore redevelopment.

    Also in WA, Cockburn Central (LandCorp, Cardno, Urbis) and Greens Senator Scott Ludlam took major honours in this year’s Awards for Planning Excellence, which recognise innovation and excellence in Australia’s urban landscape.

    The redevelopment of Perth’s Forrest Place (City of Perth, Woodhead, PlanE, BG&E Hutchinsons Associates) won Australia’s Great Place Award.

    The PIA cited Forrest place as a well-designed and high quality public space. It won the award for the way in which it creates an intimate relationship with its surrounding environment and achieves a significant level of interaction with the Perth community.

    Forrest Place. Image: Woodhead

    “The redevelopment is an example of a well-designed, high quality public space that creates an intimate relationship with its surrounding context and achieves a significant level of interaction with the community that uses it,” said the judges.

    The Forrest Place development includes a new permanent stage area to host events in the heart of the CBD, improved pedestrian access with a gentle slope and fewer steps, a more spacious and less cluttered public space as well as a unique interactive water sculpture – ‘Labyrinth Fountain’.

    Cockburn Central. Image: Landcorp

    WA Greens Senator Scott Ludlam, the party’s spokesperson for sustainable cities and infrastructure, and continued the success for WA by winning the Planning Champion Award for his work on urban infill development in the state. He was praised for his collaboration with the Property Council on one of the Perth’s more controversial issues whom together are calling for urban infill development in seven key transport corridors including Charles Street, Fitzgerald Street, Scarborough Beach Road and Stirling Highway.

    Cockburn Central represented Perth’s wider suburbs in the awards and took out the From Plan to Place Award. The Institute explained that Cockburn Central strategically takes advantage of and is integrated with major public transport facilities, offering the convenience of contemporary living mixed with sustainable development.

    “It is really exciting to see so many of Western Australia’s well-planned public spaces being recognised on a national level,” said Planning Institute of Australia WA division executive officer Emma de Jager.

    “We have so many superb urban planners in Perth who are continually improving the liveability and long-term sustainability of our quickly expanding city. It’s fantastic to see their work being acknowledged Australia-wide.”

    The Annual PIA Awards for Planning Excellence start at State level with winners from each state going on to be judged at a National Level.

    Forrest Place. Image: Woodhead

    Category Winners

    Category: Improving Planning Processes and Practices Award

    Project Team: Department of State Development Infrastructure and Planning, Regional Services Group, and Planning and Property Group

    Winner: State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA) QLD

    Commendation: Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Development Assessment Toolkit NSW

    Commendation: BAL Plan iPad Application Victoria

    Category: Public Engagement and Community Planning Award

    Project Team: Transport for NSW (North West Rail Link)

    Winner: North West Rail – Stakeholder and Community Engagement NSW

    Commendation: Kerb Ramp & Footpath Community Consultation SA

    Category: Promotion of Planning Award

    Project Team: Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

    Winner: The State of Australian Cities Reports (2010 – 2013) ACT

    Commendation: Ideas Fiesta QLD

    Commendation: Stephen Yarwood – Lord Mayor of Adelaide SA

    Category: The Great Place Award

    Project Team: City of Perth, Woodhead, PlanE, BG&E Hutchinsons Associates

    Winner: Redevelopment of Forest Place WA

    Commendation: Surfers Paradise Foreshore Redevelopment QLD

    Category: Outstanding Student Project

    Project Team: Jessica Crane, Christina Hill, Michelle Squires, Hayden Gianarakis, Brylee English, Genevieve Denny – The University of Queensland

    Winner: Browns Plains Centre Strategic Plan 2033 QLD

    Category: Planner of the Year

    Winner: Alexander Rix SA

    Category: Outstanding Achievement by a Young Planner

    Winner: Tim Sneesby NSW

    Commendation: Brittany Lauga QLD

    Category: Planning Champion Award

    Winner: Senator Scott Ludlam WA

    Category: Cutting Edge Research and Teaching Award

    Project Team: University of Canberra (Canberra Urban and Regional Futures), ANU and University of Wollongong

    Winner: South East Coastal Adaptation (SECA) – Coastal Urban Futures in South East Australia ACT

    Category: From Plan to Place Award

    Project Team: LandCorp, Cardno, Urbis

    Winner: Cockburn Central WA

    Category: Hard Won Victory Award

    Project Team: Brisbane Housing Company (BHC) Buckley Vann Town Planning Consultants

    Winner: Blackwood Street Affordable Housing QLD

    Category: Best Planning Ideas Award – Small

    Project Team: Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council, Buckley Vann Town Planning Consultants, AECOM, Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs

    Winner: Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council Planning Scheme QLD

    Commendation: Dee Why Town Centre Master Plan NSW

    Category: Best Planning Ideas Award - Large

    Project Team: NSW Planning and Infrastructure, City of Newcastle Council

    Winner: Newcastle Urban Renewal Strategy NSW

    Commendation: Rural Planning Project – Planning for Healthy Agriculture QLD -VIC

    Commendation: South West Victoria Landscape Assessment Study - Planisphere, Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure (DTPLI) – VIC

    Category: Hall of Fame Award

    Winner: Associate Professor Phil Heywood QLD


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