LandCorp's urban renewal development of Perth's iconic Perry Lakes athletic stadium has won this year's prestigious Urban Development Institute of Australia's Sustainable Urban Development award.
Transforming the underutilised stadium into a vibrant community for 1,200 people in the western suburb of Floreat, LandCorp created a place that was reflective of its past while responding to the city's current needs.
LandCorp Chief Executive Frank Marra said LandCorp embraced the challenge of applying the highest of sustainable practices and environmental excellence targets, to this development, setting a new benchmark for environmentally sustainable urban renewal projects in Western Australia in the process.
"The success of the Perry Lakes development was down to good design and a commitment to achieving the best things possible for the site," Mr Marra said.
"We have minimised the development's impact on the environment as much as was possible. By embracing sustainability principles and high environmental targets, we have achieved a medium density housing development that embraces passive climate control and features a rehabilitated landscape."
"The stringent environmental framework on this development tested our innovation and creativity in delivering a highly-desirable place to live."
Mr Marra said by recycling and reusing materials from the site, LandCorp reduced materials being sent to landfill and connected the development with its heritage.
"Timber seating from the old stadium has been reused in landscaping, boardwalks and public art while the old scoreboard is now an architectural feature that all residents can enjoy," he said.
"These amenities are further enhanced with the treatment given to the area's natural environment. LandCorp successfully incorporated the network of wetlands and native bush land surrounding the old track and field facilities in the new development, rehabilitating the erosion from years of pervious use."
LandCorp's application of innovative and ground-breaking techniques in the Perry Lakes residential estate saw the cutting edge use of recycled material in the construction of the project's roads, a method years ahead of its time. The practise is now more widespread and acknowledged by Main Roads WA through its recycled road bases standards.
"With Perry Lakes, we have shown that building an attractive, sustainable, medium density community that appeals to homeowners is possible and worthwhile," Mr Marra said.