A State Government project to transform Northbridge into a cosmopolitan residential and business community has won the highest of industry accolades from the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA).
The New Northbridge redevelopment project was awarded the UDIA National Award for Excellence in Urban Renewal, beating strong competition from across Australia.
The project also received the prestigious UDIA President’s Award which is selected from the winners of the 14 award categories recognising best practice in urban renewal.
Mr Day said the judges praised New Northbridge for transforming a dilapidated urban environment into a vibrant, cosmopolitan community.
“Receiving these accolades from UDIA provides an opportunity for many business owners, developers and more importantly, the community which has supported the project, to share in its success,” Mr Day said.
“EPRA’s project has not only become a case study for urban renewal, but an economic and social success that West Australians can be proud of.”
New Northbridge commenced in 2000 and has revitalised a 27ha land corridor that was left vacant or neglected following the construction of the Northbridge Tunnel. Ten years later, the area now reflects the rich history and culture of Northbridge and provides a modern, safe and enjoyable place for Perth’s growing inner-city community.
New Northbridge has restored the status of the area as a cultural and commercial hub, and added more than 460 new residences and 70,000sqm of new commercial space to the urban fabric.
The Minister said New Northbridge was a great example of how an urban redevelopment project could deliver ‘all things to all people’.
“Less than 350 people were living in Northbridge in the late 1990s. By 2010, it was estimated the number of residents had grown to 1,600, reflecting Perth’s growing trend towards inner-city living,” he said.
“In addition, the project has also attracted a new retail and commercial community, delivered affordable housing options, restored 70 heritage buildings and improved streetscapes, cycle networks and public spaces for the community to enjoy.
“New Northbridge is one of a number of urban regeneration projects that are revitalising Perth’s inner city areas and creating vibrant and welcoming public spaces.
“Award-winning projects like New Northbridge will complement the Perth City Link and Perth Waterfront developments which will change the way many West Australians interact with our city.”