Industry-leading innovation, design and engagement have seen DevelopmentWA’s Claremont on the Park awarded the prestigious State Development of the Year, marking the sought-after redevelopment as one of the nation’s most iconic projects.
Claremont on the Park took out the WA category in the national 2021 Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknell Innovation & Excellence Awards. This is the fourth industry award to be achieved by the popular residential precinct along with some of the individual apartment buildings winning awards in their own rights.
News of the latest award win comes as buyer demand for homes at Claremont on the Park continues to drive strong sales, with the majority of available residential apartments at the project now sold with just one development remaining to be built around the oval and a final commercial lot to be released next to the train station in 2023.
A boutique supermarket and Mary Street Bakery on the ground floor of Blackburne’s Essence project and hospitality and allied health facilities associated with the new Claremont Football Club are open and popular with residents and locals and the heritage-listed Goods Shed – restored and rejuvenated by DevelopmentWA in partnership with FORM – has delivered an award-winning and much-loved community hub.
“We’re incredibly proud of what the DevelopmentWA team has been able to achieve at Claremont on the Park by working closely with the local community, Town of Claremont, our partners and developers,” said DevelopmentWA CEO Frank Marra.
“This award recognises the innovative approach that has been taken to address the challenges of reinvigorating ageing community infrastructure, and deliver the best possible outcomes – quality new homes, new retail opportunities, unique aged care solutions and rejuvenated community assets.”
The result of more than 15 years of dedicated consultation and planning, Claremont on the Park is a connected and sustainable development around the historic Claremont Oval – transforming an underutilised sporting facility into a vibrant activity centre and delivering new homes, retail and commercial offerings, and employment, cultural and community spaces all within a short walk to public transport options.
The precinct will ultimately deliver 11,700sqm of commercial space, 2,600sqm of retail space and more than 850 new homes.
Mr Marra said the work done by DevelopmentWA and not-for-profit group FORM on the Goods Shed was an outstanding example of what could be achieved through a dedicated commitment to delivering genuine community outcomes.
Formerly a dilapidated railway building, the Goods Shed has now been transformed into an exhibition space, studio, meeting venue, creative learning facility, coffee pod and garden in the heart of the Claremont community, adjoining the train station.
“From a disused eyesore, the Goods Shed has become a hugely popular community hub offering a place for the community to meet, exchange ideas and take part in a huge range of cultural programs,” said Mr Marra.
“It really showcases what can be done when quality urban infill is integrated into historic suburbs in a sensitive and highly-successful way, delivering a product that supports Western Australia’s growing population while enhancing the existing community.
“We know that as our population continues to grow, quality infill developments will play a crucial role in meeting the demand for housing.
“At Claremont on the Park, we’re proud to have demonstrated how new development can be delivered within an established suburb in a way that enhances community outcomes, and secures genuine support from surrounding residents.”