WA’s best buildings and brightest talent vie for awards 

Heritage buildings, shopping centres and large-scale communities are among the 11 finalists from Western Australia vying for recognition at the 2017 Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards in May. 
 
The awards program, now in its 35th year of partnership with RLB, showcases the exceptional projects, innovative solutions and outstanding achievements of Australia’s property industry. 
 
“The calibre of the finalists from WA reflects our enduring commitment to high-quality, innovative development,” says Lino Iacomella, the Property Council’s WA Executive Director.  
 
The short-listed finalists are: 
 
Calleya (Master Planned Community and Project Innovation)
Cockburn Commercial Park (Business or Industrial Park) Mill Green (Sustainable Development – Existing)
Miriam Salter (Future Leader)
Newhaven (Master Planned Community)
State Buildings Perth (Heritage Development)
Stockland Baldivis (Shopping Centre Development)
Vale (Master Planned Community)
CRISTAL Washroom Monitor (Project Innovation)
WGV at White Gum Valley (Development Innovation)
Whiteman Edge (Affordable Housing Development) 
 
The conversion of Perth’s State Buildings into a 48-room luxury hotel, COMO: The Treasury, is vying for recognition in the S4B Studio Award for Best Heritage Development. 
 
“This major heritage refurbishment now features new restaurants and retail offerings, breathing new life into a valuable piece of Perth’s history,” Mr Iacomella says. 
 
Stockland Baldivis is in the running for the Yardi Award for Best Shopping Centre Development. 
 
“This $116 million redevelopment has created a new-generation retail centre for one of our fastest growing communities, and redefines the shopping experience with immersive architecture, a contemporary retail mix and casual dining options,” Mr Iacomella explains. 
 
Three large-scale Perth developments are in the running for the EPM Projects Award for Best Master Planned Community. 
 
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“WA is rapidly garnering a reputation for excellence in master-planned communities, and Calleya, Vale and Newhaven all demonstrate the local industry’s innovative approaches that enhance the natural environment while enriching the lives of residents,” Mr Iacomella says. 
 
All national development finalists are in the running for the industry’s most coveted prize – the Rider Levett Bucknall Australian Development of the Year award. All development projects named as finalists are also vying for the State Development of the Year award in their state. 
 
Managing Director of Rider Levett Bucknall WA, Mark Bendotti, says that the 141 finalists across 20 categories highlight the importance and influence of the awards. 
 
“We have proudly partnered with the Property Council of Australia to present these awards since 1982,” Mr Bendotti says. 
 
“Over that time, the number of categories and entrants have grown, and the quality of the entries from the West Coast – demonstrating technological innovation, design excellence, efficiency and sustainability – has evolved enormously,” Mr Bendotti adds. 
 
National award winners will be announced at the 2017 Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards Gala Dinner, to be held at the International Convention Centre Sydney on Friday 5 May 2017. Tickets are now on sale. 
 
For a full list of finalists please visit www.propertycouncilawards.com.au 
 
Media enquiries:   For media wanting more information on the finalists or images please contact Karen Jamal  |  P  0412 179 135  |   E  kjamal@propertycouncil.com.au