Winners of WA’s top property prizes

A next-generation data centre, a reimagined office and WA’s highest performing retail centre are among the winners at the annual WA Property Awards.

The awards, presented by the Property Council of Australia and Principal Sponsor Energy-Tec, were expanded in 2021 with several new categories which recognise the depth, expertise and skill of the West Australian property industry.

“An impressive 75 finalists were in the running for awards. The calibre of the nomination is a testament to the WA property industry and its commitment to the design, construction and management of exceptional places,” says Property Council WA Executive Director, Sandra Brewer.

“Property contributes $24.4 billion to Gross State Product and employs more than 150,000 people who shape the future of our state. The awards recognise and applaud the people who are delivering great places for West Australians and make our state a world leading business and lifestyle location,” Ms Brewer adds.

The awards were presented by WA Minister for Transport, Planning and Ports, Rita Saffioti, Chief Executive Officer of Landgate, Graeme Gammie, Western Australian Planning Commission Chairman, David Caddy and event sponsors.

NEXTDC Perth Data Centre was recognised as the best commercial property. Hawaiian took home the award for best commercial fitout or refurbishment for its show suites. And Scentre Group was presented with the award for best large retail development for its $350 million Westfield Carousel.

Mirvac took home two awards – best master planned community and innovation – for its Iluma estate in the Swan Valley, which is host to an experimental affordable home that is trialling net zero energy technology.

The Roe Highway Logistics Park also received two gongs for best industrial development and best sustainable development. The facility boasts best-in-class sustainability initiatives and is the testbed for new low-carbon materials.

For the first time the awards recognised the WA Property Leader of the Year. Colliers’ State Chief Executive Imran Mohiuddin was presented with the award for his commitment to innovation, diversity and delivering the best outcomes for people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rounding out the individual awards, Scott Bellerby, Managing Director of B Strata, took home the award for WA Property Management, Facilities Management, Leasing Agent or Strata Manager of the Year. This recognises his integral role championing strata reform in WA and delivering excellence for customers using innovative technology solutions.

“Our awards champion the role of the property industry as driver of jobs, growth and prosperity for all Western Australians. Congratulations to every finalist for being part of an elite cohort that demonstrates our industry’s enduring commitment to excellence,” says Damien Moran, Managing Director of Event Sponsor Energy-Tec.

A full list of award winners is provided below and is also online:

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Mizco Engineering Award for Best Commercial Property

Winner: NEXTDC Perth Data Centre – Hames Sharley

This next generation digital interconnectivity hub features more than 10,000 square metres of technical data centre space and 10 high-density data halls. Perth’s most advanced data centre to date, the NEXTDC Perth Data Centre supports the state’s rapidly-growing and technology-reliant industries and delivers an attractive building that adds to the vibrancy of the streetscape.

Best Commercial Fit Out or Single Floor Refurbishment

Winner: Hawaiian Office Show Suites – Hawaiian

Hawaiian was thinking about office evolution long before COVID-19 – and its new office designs reimagine the workplace. From inviting lobbies to open plan kitchens, meeting pods to seamless technology, Hawaiian’s innovative approach offer tenants the next generation of office space.

MCS Security Award for Best Retail Development (76+ stores)

Winner: Westfield Carousel – Scentre Group

The $350 million redevelopment of Westfield Carousel, completed in 2018, delivered a new David Jones department store and 80 new speciality stores. Now WA’s most frequented and highest performing retail centre, Westfield Carousel boasts rooftop dining, a 14-screen cinema, indoor rock climbing, WA’s first retail centre valet parking service and annual sales of more than $712 million.

Commendation: Belmont Forum Redevelopment – Perron Group

Best Master Planned Community and Best Innovation Award

Winner: Iluma Private Estate – Mirvac

Located just two kilometres from the Swan Valley, Iluma is on the doorstep of beautiful natural bushland, wetlands and green nature corridors. The community is also host to the Affordability Experiment – a 9.1 NatHERS rated, net zero energy terrace home that has been delivered for just $415,000. The home features solar panels and batteries, home automation, water balanced infrastructure and a kitchen garden. A WA family of four are living in the home for a year, rent free, so developer Mirvac can study the impacts of a sustainable home on ongoing household costs and quality of life.

Best Residential Development (5 storeys or more)

Winner: Sabina Apartments – Finbar Group

This outstanding 30-storey development with 164 apartments at Applecross is the first stage of an ambitious project that delivers design excellence and community benefit. The Sabina Apartments feature impressive resident amenity, from a music room to a massage room, a business lounge to a 25-metre heated lap pool. The community amenity is just as impressive, and includes a pedestrian-only piazza, a car share service and a landscaped walkway with generous public open space.

Best Mixed-Use Development

Winner: Karingal Green Health and Aged Care Community – Hall and Prior

Much more than a traditional nursing home, this health precinct applies the continuous care community model to help people age in place. The 160-residential bed development features a range of impressive amenities, including a multifunction space for 300 people, a luxurious in-house cinema, fully-equipped beauty salon, 150-seat auditorium and wellness centre.

Best Leisure and Tourism Development

Winner: The Old Synagogue – Encon

The Fremantle Synagogue and adjoining Beers Buildings had laid dormant for more than a decade when Drew Flanagan and Ross Drennan saw their potential. In order to be open for a full summer trade period, development was required to be completed within six months. Encon was engaged for the complex build, delivering on time and within budget. The heritage-listed site has been transformed into four unique hospitality venues that preserve an important piece of Fremantle’s history and create inspiring new places for people.

Commendation: Wellington Square Master Plan – City of Perth

Ray White Commercial Award for Best Industrial Development and Best Sustainable Development

Winner: Roe Highway Logistics Park (ROE) – Hesperia Property

With a laser-focus on sustainability, the team behind this 66-hectare logistics park is on track to deliver the state’s first carbon neutral industrial precinct. ROE, as it is known, boasts solar power, battery storage, recycled materials and EV charging facilities. Development owner Hesperia worked with Boral to test a new-to-market low-carbon concrete that reduces carbon emissions by 42% compared with business-as-usual.

Commendation for Best Sustainable Development: Element 27 – Sentinel Group

Development WA Award for Best Community Activation or Community Engagement

*Joint winners were awarded in this category*

Belmont Forum Food Drive – JLL

Belmont Forum and food rescue organisation SecondBite established a unique partnership in 2019 to tackle food waste. In just 23 months, 93 charities received 14,551 kilograms of produce that was otherwise destined for landfill. The produce, which may be bruised, odd shaped, end-of-day produce or with damaged packaging, has supported 58,204 meals for people in need.

Development WA Award for Best Community Activation or Community Engagement

*Joint winners were awarded in this category*

140 Heroes Perth – Cbus Property and CBRE

To celebrate Christmas 2020, the team behind Cbus Property’s 140 Perth recognised the extraordinary acts of ordinary people by showcasing eight local heroes nominated by Perth charities. A pop-up gallery in the precinct’s central hub celebrated each local hero, and visitors were encouraged to ‘pay it forward’ by donating to the charities. The campaign boosted footfall to the CBD, supported local businesses and charities and gave building customers the ‘feel good factor’ during the festive season.

Best Marketing Campaign

Winner: Lakeside Joondalup Harvest, A Botanical Wonderland – Lendlease

An original campaign anchored a range of seasonal festivities to create an exceptional customer experience at Lakeside Joondalup. A botanical wonderland – which included a greenhouse-inspired event space – transformed the shopping centre over a three-month period. More than 2.7 million people were inspired by the campaign.

Commendation: One Subiaco – Blackburne

Commendation: 7 Wonders of Forrest Chase – JLL and ISPT

WA Property Leader of the Year Award

Winner: Imran Mohiuddin, State Chief Executive – Colliers

With a commitment to innovation, diversity and delivering the best outcomes for people, Imran has trebled the size of Colliers’ footprint in WA since he took the reins in 2001. Imran leads by example, with an inspiring style and emphasis on relationships that have driven impressive business results, attracted a large pool of capital to Perth and elevated the industry’s adoption of technology.

WA Property Manager, Facilities Manager, Leasing Agent or Strata Manager of the Year Award

Winner: Scott Bellerby, Managing Director – B Strata

A licensed property valuer, a retail development manager and a highly-regarded strata expert, Scott Bellerby has established several successful property companies and has used his skills to drive strata industry reform. For more than five years, Scott worked with the Property Council, Strata Community Association, Landgate and the WA Government to achieve a balanced and effective review of the state's Strata Titles Act.

Commendation: Joanne Davies, Licensee – Finbar to Rent