Masterplanned Communities

This award recognises masterplanned developments with a minimum of 500 dwellings, that are designed for self-sufficiency and provide high standards of design, diversity and housing choice. Projects must create a sense of place and include a range of lifestyle and community facilities. At least 50% of the masterplan development must be constructed prior to entry.

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Small-Scale Infill Development

This award recognises small-scale infill developments that integrate into existing neighbourhoods. They should have 3 to 20 dwellings and have a maximum height of 3 storeys. Entries may in include town-houses and terrace homes.

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Medium-Density Development

This award recognises developments with a maximum height of 8 residential storeys. Entries can include apartments and a component of other use.

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Retail Development

This award recognises retail developments. Entries may include hotels, shopping centres, bulky goods, food outlets, etc.

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Commercial Development

This award recognises commercial developments. Entries may include offices, public buildings, sporting stadiums etc.

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Industrial Development

This award recognises industrial developments. Entries may include factories, industrial parks, warehouses, distribution centres etc.

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Affordable Development

This award recognises excellence in the delivery of affordable housing that is appropriate for the needs of very low, low, or moderate income households (as defined in the EP&A Act). Entrants should demonstrate initial and ongoing affordability. Entries may include affordable housing delivered through a SEPP, boarding houses or other affordable housing products from private developers and not-for-profit organisations.

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Social & Community Infrastructure

This award recognises public or private sector organisations that have demonstrated leadership and innovation in delivering services and/or social infrastructure developments, such as civic/community buildings, schools, hospitals, public buildings, sporting stadiums, educational buildings, etc.

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Urban Renewal / Adaptive Reuse

This award recognises projects that demonstrate revitalisation and appropriate use of land and/or buildings (including heritage items) in established urban areas. There is no restriction on the inclusion of new elements, provided they are integrated with existing built elements. Entries may include renewing heritage buildings and precincts.

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Retirement Living

This award recognises retirement living developments that provide particular attention to the needs of retirees.

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This award recognises developments that provide daily living and nursing care services to residents who can no longer live independently.

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Mixed-Use Development

This award recognises developments that comprise at least three substantive uses, including the following; residential, office, retail, warehouse, leisure, community or health facilities etc.

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Sustainability & Environmental Technology

This award recognises developments that demonstrate how significant environmental challenges have been overcome, and where research, innovation, design, technology or construction techniques have enabled a significant response to a need for environmental improvement. It may include a mix of environmental, social and financial outcomes or focus exclusively on social, economic or environmental achievements.

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High-Density Development

This award recognises residential developments that are more than 8 storeys. Projects must be predominantly residential and may include a component of other use.

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NSW Regions Development

This award recognises developments in NSW Regions (Central Coast, Hunter, Mid North Coast, Northern Rivers, New England/North West, Orana, Far West, Southern Highlands & Tablelands, Illawarra, South East NSW, Blue Mountains, Central West, Riverina and Murray-Lower Darling) and the ACT. Entries can be residential, retail, commercial or industrial.

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This award recognises excellence in marketing of a residential urban or land development project before and/or during the selling stages. Entries are judged on their creative and innovative approach to marketing and branding; appreciation of the market; consumer support and the use of available budget.

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