The winner of this year’s Residential Development category was Harrington Grove by Harrington Estates and the Fairfax Group.
Harrington Grove is a masterplanned residential community situated within the Harrington Park estate, about 60kms south west of Sydney.
A significant feature of this 486 hectare estate is the extensive Cumberland Plain Woodland, only 30 per cent of which will be developed.
When complete, the estate will contain approximately 1400 homes in discrete precincts, integrated into the bush landscape.
The judges felt the developers did a superior job working within the environmental constraints to deliver an impressive, non-imposing development.
Construction began in 2008, following an eight-year rezoning and planning process.
During the 1990s it was recognised that significant sections of Cumberland Plain Woodland in Harrington Grove were under threat.
The property was zoned rural but rural uses were not sustainable and the woodland was deteriorating.
Harrington Estates saw the opportunity to develop the area in an environmentally sensitive manner that would provide sound environmental, social and commercial outcomes.
This is an estate that provides a positive benefit to the environment and a residential community with a high standard of facilities and a strong sense of identity.
Harrington Grove promotes a strong sense of community by offering a range of shared facilities through the hub of the estate, the country club.
Tennis courts, swimming pools, barbecue areas, a restaurant, a gym and function rooms are some of what is on offer.
Two neighbourhood centres, extensive parks, walkways and fitness stations also feature.
The judges awarded a Commendation to Bathers’ Beach Residences by Mondell Property Group and Balvest Pty Ltd.
When the Judges saw this project a year ago, only the display unit was accessible and the building was still surrounded in scaffolding.
This year, the developer was encouraged to resubmit.
The most impressive feature of this project is that the site is spectacular, and the developer might have only focussed on the internals of the building.
Thankfully, the external architecture and landscape are also excellent.
The site could have accommodated more units but the design provides for a very high-quality layout and fitting.
Each unit addresses both street frontages and has excellent cross flow ventilation.
Even the two entry foyers give access to both frontages and exhibit privacy and light and cross flow ventilation.
Rooftop terraces to the upper apartments only add to the overall achievement of excellence.