President's Award

The prestigious UDIA NSW President’s Award is an honour bestowed on the best project out of the annual UDIA NSW/ACT Awards for Excellence winners. The Insitute's President personally selects this best-of-the-best project based on its superior innovation and quality. 


2018 - No.1 Lacey by Cornerstone Property Group 

No.1 Lacey by Cornerstone Property Group took the 2018 UDIA NSW President's Award. The restoration of the 106-year-old Ford Sherrington building started with Cornerstone’s vision to create an extraordinary apartment project in a heritage building that afforded its inhabitants a chance to be a part of history, and to deliver a housing option that was rare in the city fringe.

2017 - Barangaroo South by Lendlease  

Barangaroo South by Lendlease took the 2017 UDIA NSW President's Award. Barangaroo is Sydney’s largest urban regeneration project in a generation. The vibrant new waterfront city precinct, will eventually accommodate 23,000 office workers, 1,500 residents, an international six-star hotel and more than 80 cafes, bars, restaurants and retail outlets across approximately 535,000 gross floor area.

2016 - 5 Martin Place  by Cbus Property & DEXUS Property Group  

5 Martin Place, Sydney, by Cbus Property in collaboration with DEXUS Property Group took the 2016 UDIA NSW President's Award. Located in Sydney CBD, 5 Martin Place, Sydney is an exemplar heritage-led urban renewal project which re-establishes the historic importance of the 1916 Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s ‘Money Box’ building within Martin Place.

2015 - Casba by Cornerstone Property Group with SJB Architecture and Billard Leece Partnership

Casba by Cornerstone Property Group in collaboration with SJB Architecture and Billard Leece Partnership took the 2015 UDIA NSW President's Award. Located on a former warehouse precinct site in Waterloo, the mixed-use development, arranged around three courtyards, successfully balances the old and new through the clever utilisation of off-form concrete and recycled brickwork. Casba's relaxed Mediterranean environment serves to enhance the area in which it sits, especially given a thoroughfare through the site to encourage public access.

2014 - ESQUE, Mosman by HELM Pty Limited

ESQUE Mosman by HELM Property Group took 2014 Presidents Award for proving ‘outstanding in every aspect’. ESQUE boasts quality fittings and finishes, a design that complements surrounding residential and commercial buildings and a variety of apartment styles to give buyers a lot of choice. Importantly, HELM also employed a high level of community engagement to limit the impact on neighbours, and work with them to get the fantastic final result. ESQUE will be up against leading projects from around Australia in the UDIA National Awards for Excellence, held in Sydney on March 19, 2015.

2013 - Top Ryde City Living by Crown Group

Top Ryde City Living is a unique seven‐building residential development conveniently located above a shopping centre. It offers panoramic views of Sydney including the Harbour Bridge, CBD, and Blue Mountains. Developing high‐density housing above well‐located major regional shopping centres is often promoted as an ideal model for urban consolidation. However, no such examples have existed in Sydney until now. The developers of Top Ryde City Living took this prime urban consolidation opportunity with the redevelopment of Sydney’s first US‐style shopping mall. Top Ryde offers a rare model of a typology often spoken about, but rarely produced.

2012 - The Ponds by Landcom and Australand 

Located in Sydney's northwest, The Ponds took out the Residential Development category in the UDIA NSW Austral Bricks Awards for Excellence, announced in August. It then won the prestigious President's Award announced on September 20 at UDIA NSW's President's Luncheon, held in Sydney. UDIA NSW President Michael Corcoran praised the development as an example of good cooperation between government-owned corporations - in this case Landcom - and private industry (Australand).

Mr Corcoran said that delivering more than 2,000 new dwellings over the past five years was an amazing feat given the dis-function of the current Planning system and the challenges of one of the worst markets Sydney has experienced in decades.

He congratulated the developers for  deliverying a variety of housing densities on the fringe, at levels of affordability that the NSW market craved, and for rehabilitating a degraded site to deliver outstanding new open space and recreational facilities to the community.

2011 - Bonnyrigg Living Communities Project by Becton Property Group

The Bonnyrigg Project was selected as the winner given it tackles and addresses so many of the challenges facing Urban Development in Sydney in 2011 and onward such as:
  • How Government can effectively partner with the private sector to decant and regenerate aged public housing suburbs and stock and stimulate urban renewal;
  • How can we better integrate public and private housing development;
  • How can higher densities of new housing be achieved around key activity centres in established, run down suburbs and achieve a better living environment for the community as an outcome; and
  • How a "master developer" can establish strategic alliances and partnerships with other companies, that are all experts in their specific fields, to achieve market leading standards in community engagement, property management, building and construction, urban design, affordability and project financing.