Retirement village crowned Living Choice of year

Living Choice Fullarton has been crowned the 2016 South Australian Rider Levett Bucknall Development of the Year ahead of the 2016 Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards.

The Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards is the pre-eminent property industry program in Australia.

“Marketed as Adelaide’s finest retirement living since opening in December 2014, Living Choice Fullarton has earned high praise from residents, visitors and industry peers,” said SA Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia Daniel Gannon.

“Much of its success is due to the seamless integration of public and private spaces, a restaurant and café, and seniors’ health and fitness hub, which are all open to the public.

“By way of innovation, Living Choice Fullarton also launched Australia’s first solar farm within a retirement village, allowing residents to purchase generation capacity rights and offset their electricity costs.

The eastern suburbs development site, in Fullarton, originally formed part of the now decommissioned State Government operated Julia Farr Centre.

Mr Gannon said Living Choice Fullarton was nominated by Living Choice, and fought off seven other state finalists to take this year’s crown.

“The annual awards program recognises excellence in the built environment and heralds the achievements of the sector’s finest professionals and companies,” he said.

“In great news for our local sector, eight superior South Australian developments have been recognised as finalists in this year’s national awards program.”

All South Australian finalists are competing for the industry’s most coveted prize – the Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Australian Development of the Year award.

Managing Director of Rider Levett Bucknall SA, Andrew Suttie, said that a total of 136 finalists across 18 categories are up for awards this year.

“We are proud to present these awards, which shine a spotlight on Australia’s largest industry – an industry that generates 1.1 million jobs, and contributes more to the national economy than the manufacturing and mining sectors combined,” said Mr Suttie.

Rider Levett Bucknall has partnered with the Property Council of Australia to present this award program since 1982.

The finalists in the national awards are as follows:

 Award Category   Project  Nominator
Best Residential Development Ergo Apartments Hindmarsh as Ergo Apartments Pty Ltd
Government Leadership Churchill Road Revitalisation City of Prospect
Best Public Building Flinders at Tonsley Lendlease and Flinders University
Best Public Building SAHMRI Woods Bagot
Best Retirement Living Development Living Choice Fullarton Living Choice Australia Ltd
Best Master Planned Community Lightsview Renewal SA and CIC Northgate Pty Ltd
Best Tourism & Leisure Development Ibis Adelaide Hines Property (on behalf of 122 Grenfell Street Pty Ltd)
Innovation Flinders at Tonsley WASP | Parsons Brinckerhoff