Alkimos Beach named Best Residential Development Over 250 Lots
Alkimos Beach, Australia’s first 6-star Green star and BeachSAFE community situated in the heart of Perth’s northern coastal corridor has been recognised at the Urban Development Institute of Australia WA (UDIAWA) 2017 Awards for Excellence, winning in the category of Residential Development Over 250 Lots in Western Australia. The master-planned coastal community located approximately 40km north of Perth, is a development by Lendlease and LandCorp and has twice been awarded all six EnviroDevelopment leaves by the UDIA.
Since launching in 2013, over 830 lots have now been sold. Approximately 1200 residents living in the community have benefited from early establishment of amenities including two schools, a neighbourhood centre, a Surf Lifesaving WA surf club, two beach access points, parks and playing fields and a unique community meeting place, Sprout Hub.
The award recognises the development partners’ extensive efforts to deliver a thoughtfully planned, innovative and sustainable coastal community of global significance that’s moving towards carbon-neutral living. Strategic investment and a focus on collaborative partnerships has seen Alkimos Beach recognised by the Green Building Council of Australia as Australia’s first 6-star Green Star community, and Surf Life Saving WA first BeachSAFE community. It is also the first development in Australia to trial utilising energy storage technology at the residential community level, which is being delivered in collaboration with Synergy.
Through a range of innovative community initiatives and partnerships, a sense of place and inclusiveness has been achieved. The early establishment of the ‘Sprout Hub’ – a temporary facility that has provided a multi-use community venue and a relaxed meeting place, ahead of more permanent facilities being built in the area. Consisting of a co-working space hire, café and event space, ‘Sprout Hub’ has hosted an extensive schedule of programs and events that have turned the venue into a community destination and helped forge important social connections between residents as well as providing networking and capacity building opportunities for local Not-For-Profit groups and small business.
As the community has grown, additional facilities are now operating and include a pop up library in the Gateway neighbourhood centre, and Surf Life Saving Club facilities – with Alkimos Surf Life Saving Club being the 31st member club in WA and already growing to over 100 members since it’s inauguration in March this year.
LandCorp chief executive officer Frank Marra said, “Alkimos Beach is part of the largest and most significant coastal development north of Perth in 50 years. Our vision for Alkimos Beach has been to achieve a new benchmark in sustainable living, striving for a carbon neutral community, while carefully balancing the superb natural environment with a progressive yet affordable development that demonstrates best practice in design and delivery of a vibrant and well connected community.”
“The approach to the urban design of Alkimos Beach, with a focus on dune retention and foreshore rehabilitation through the site allows residential villages, infrastructure and activity nodes to nestle along this dune to create a distinct coastal setting.”
General Manager Lendlease Communities in Western Australia, Anthony Rowbottam, said that
“Alkimos Beach is a fantastic example of sustainable residential development in Western Australia. A strong vision, innovative planning and design, and investment in community partnerships which provide long-term, sustainable opportunities for residents has achieved a fantastic outcome for the community of Alkimos Beach.”