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2020 Award Categories

Members may enter the following categories to be eligible to win an Award for Excellence in 2020.

1. Affordable Housing

Projects entered must be sufficiently completed. By 17 August 2020, your project(s) must be at practical or substantial completion.

Projects eligible for this Award must be submitted by a developer and:

  • demonstrate initial affordability of the product, as well as the incorporation of ‘whole of life’ sustainable elements that provide for affordability in the ongoing running costs
  • demonstrate sustainability to respond to changing housing needs
  • incorporate design elements that make positive contributions to housing affordability whether for ownership or rental
  • are required to demonstrate inclusiveness, the extent to which the project accommodates an appropriate mix of households and seeks to provide all residents with opportunities to participate actively in community life
  • demonstrate marketability i.e. the extent to which the project is accepted by the marketplace.

2. Residential subdivision

Projects entered into the Awards must be sufficiently completed, as outlined in the criteria for each Award category. By 17 August 2020, projects must have delivered elements critical to a residential subdivision.

Projects eligible for this Award must be submitted by a developer and:

  • have established a satisfactory relationship with nearby facilities to meet the needs of residents and users
  • not include a comprehensive range of facilities within the development itself.

Stages of master planned developments are not eligible to be entered in this category.

Projects entered into this category are not eligible for the Wildcard category.

3. Master planned development

Projects entered must be sufficiently completed, as outlined in the criteria for each Award category. By 17 August 2020, projects must have delivered elements critical to a master planned development.

Projects eligible for this Award must be submitted by a developer and:

  • have a coherent design with a relevant range of facilities within the development; whether predominantly residential, civic, recreational, entertainment, tourist, commercial or industrial, or a combination of any of these primary uses
  • be developed to the stage where tangible benefits of a ‘master planned’ approach can be demonstrated
  • must be large enough to generate a sense of community (as the size of the project is not defined).

If submitting a project that has previously won this particular Award, significant changes must have been made to the project for your submission to be valid.

Projects entered into this category are not eligible for the Wildcard category.

4. Environmental Excellence

Projects entered must be sufficiently completed, as outlined in the criteria for each Award category. By 17 August 2020, projects must be at practical or substantial completion.

Projects eligible for this Award must be submitted by a developer and should be able to:

  • demonstrate how research, innovation, and design or construction techniques have enabled a significant and outstanding response to enhancing urban ecology outcomes
  • implement water and energy efficient practices
  • demonstrate the use of environmentally responsible materials
  • demonstrate a commitment to the establishment of more sustainable communities and spaces.

If submitting a project that has previously won this particular Award, significant changes must have been made to the project for your submission to be valid.

Projects entered into this category are not eligible for the Wildcard category.

5. Seniors Living

Projects entered into the Awards must be sufficiently completed, as outlined in the criteria for each Award category. By 17 August 2020, projects must be at practical or substantial completion.

Projects eligible for this Award must be submitted by a developer and need to:

  • provide particular attention to the needs of residents who have retired or are approaching retirement age
  • present a high standard of overall design and create a sense of place
  • have regard for an energy and water efficient lifestyle.

Entries are not limited to residential projects and may include aged care.

Projects entered into this category are not eligible for the Wildcard category.

6. Urban Renewal

Projects entered into the Awards must be sufficiently completed, as outlined in the criteria for each Award category. By 17 August 2020, projects must be at practical or substantial completion.

Projects eligible for this Award must be submitted by a developer and:

  • must demonstrate revitalisation and appropriate use of land and/or buildings in established suburbs or inner city areas
  • can either retain some existing built elements on a site or be inserted into an existing built environment.

If submitting a project that has previously won this particular Award, significant changes must have been made to the project for your submission to be valid.

Projects entered into this category are not eligible for the Wildcard category.

7. Medium Density Development

Projects entered must be sufficiently completed, as outlined in the criteria for each Award category. By 17 August 2020, projects must be at practical or substantial completion.

Projects eligible for this Award must be submitted by a developer and:

  • be a minimum density of 20 dwellings per hectare
  • maximum height of five storeys
  • must be predominantly residential (i.e. small lot housing, villas, town houses, terrace homes, row housing, apartment buildings)
  • may incorporate minor commercial / retail components.

Projects entered into this category must provide elevations in the written submission.

Projects entered into this category are not eligible for the Wildcard category.

8. Social & Community Infrastructure | New!

Projects entered must be sufficiently completed, as outlined in the criteria for each Award category.  By 17 August 2020, projects must be at practical completion or substantial completion.

Projects eligible for this Award must be submitted by a local government, or State Government agency, however developers are eligible to enter if their entry is a public realm project and allows for general community use and:

  • Demonstrated leadership and innovation in delivering services and/or social infrastructure developments, such as civic/community buildings, schools, and hospitals.

An individual residential development alone is not eligible for this category.

Projects entered this category are not eligible for the Wildcard category

9. Marketing Excellence

Projects eligible for this Award must be submitted by a developer and:

  • demonstrate an innovative and successful marketing approach
  • demonstrate substantial delivery of the marketing strategy of the project.

Entries are judged on their branding, understanding of the target market, use of available budget and resources, market acceptance as evidenced by sales, and the achievement of the original marketing objectives.

Projects entered into this category are not eligible for the Wildcard category.

10. High Density Development – Building with a height greater than 10 storeys.

Projects entered must be sufficiently completed, as outlined in the criteria for each Award category. By 17 August 2020, projects must be at practical or substantial completion.

Projects eligible for this Award must be submitted by a developer and:

  • be a minimum density of 30 dwellings per hectare
  • minimum height of eleven storeys (including low rise, mid-rise, and high rise)
  • must be predominantly residential
  • may incorporate minor commercial and/or retail components.

Projects entered into this category must provide elevations in the written submission.

Projects entered into this category are not eligible for the Wildcard category.

11. High Density Development – Building with a height of 10 storeys or less.

Projects entered must be sufficiently completed, as outlined in the criteria for each Award category. By 17 August 2020, projects must be at practical or substantial completion.

Projects eligible for this Award must be submitted by a developer and:

  • be a minimum density of 30 dwellings per hectare
  • maximum height of ten storeys (including low rise, mid-rise, and high rise)
  • must be predominantly residential
  • may incorporate minor commercial and/or retail components.

Projects entered into this category must provide elevations in the written submission.

Projects entered into this category are not eligible for the Wildcard category.

12. Affordable Small Scale Development

Projects entered into the Awards must be sufficiently completed, as outlined in the criteria for each Award category. By 17 August 2020, projects must be at practical or substantial completion.

Projects eligible for this Award must be submitted by a developer and:

  • 80% of all housing product is priced or sold for less than $700,000
  • have a minimum number of three dwellings;
  • maximum height of three storeys;
  • must be predominantly residential (i.e. small lot housing, villas, town houses, terrace homes, row housing, apartment buildings)
  • may incorporate minor commercial / retail components.

Eligible projects may be located within a stage of a master planned community or residential subdivision.

Projects entered into this category must provide elevations in the written submission.

Projects entered into this category are not eligible for the Wildcard category.

13. Premium Small Scale Development

Projects entered into the Awards must be sufficiently completed, as outlined in the criteria for each Award category. By 17 August 2020, projects must be at practical or substantial completion.

Projects eligible for this Award must be submitted by a developer and:

  • at least 80% of all product is priced or sold for more than $700,000;
  • have a minimum number of three dwellings;
  • maximum height of three storeys;
  • must be predominantly residential (i.e. small lot housing, villas, town houses, terrace homes, row housing, apartment buildings)
  • may incorporate minor commercial / retail components.

Eligible projects may be located within a stage of a master planned community or residential subdivision.

Projects entered into this category must provide elevations in the written submissions.

Projects entered into this category are not eligible for the Wildcard category.

14. Retail & Commercial

Projects entered into the Awards must be sufficiently completed, as outlined in the criteria for each Award category. By 17 August 2020, projects must be at practical or substantial completion.

Projects eligible for this Award must be submitted by a developer and:

  • may be of any size
  • must include retail or commercial facilities, or any mix thereof
  • may include malls, shopping, public spaces and/ or buildings, education or health
  • will be judged on their community creation and integration.

If submitting a project that has previously won this particular Award, significant changes must have been made to the project for your submission to be valid.

Projects entered into this category are not eligible for the Wildcard category.

15. Community Engagement

Entries to this Award must pertain to a specific development project or plan (e.g. planning scheme, neighbourhood plan etc.).

Entries must be submitted by either a developer, a local government, or State Government agency.

Projects entered into this category will not be eligible for the Wildcard category.

16. Parks & Recreation

Projects eligible for this Award must be complete. All public open spaces, playgrounds and parks are eligible to enter, as long as they are freely accessible to all.

The types of projects that may be entered include: community parklands, playing fields, neighbourhood parks, formal gardens, civic spaces, playgrounds, nature reserves, water parks, green spaces that form part of retail and leisure destinations, and pocket parks that significantly contribute to the surrounding community.

Projects eligible for this award can be entered by a developer (including local or State Government) or consultant to the development industry and must not be eligible to enter any other categories including Wildcard.

Only one submission will be accepted per project.

Projects entered into this category are not eligible for the Wildcard category.

17. Design Excellence

Projects entered into the Awards must be submitted as designs only.

Projects eligible for this Award may be submitted by a developer or a consultant and:

  • must be predominantly residential (i.e. small lot housing, villas, town houses, terrace homes, row housing, apartment buildings).

Co-entrants are permitted (i.e. developer and architect), however both must be members of UDIA Queensland.

Projects entered into this category are not eligible for the Wildcard category.

18. Consultants’ Excellence

Projects must be substantially commenced by demonstrating that the first stage has been completed or ample on-the-ground demonstration of specific and relevant facets of the project relevant to the consultant’s contribution, to stage one by 17 August 2020.

Projects eligible for this Award must be submitted by a consultant and:

  • demonstrate the application of innovative and problem-solving practices and initiatives
  • should be project specific
  • must be entitled to enter an Award category.

Projects entered into this category are not eligible for the Wildcard category.

19. Wildcard Award

If you have an outstanding project that deserves recognition but does not strictly meet the criteria of the other Award categories then this is the Award category for you.

The types of projects that may be entered include social infrastructure, community parklands, school/community group projects, public art, IT for the industry, or any number of outstanding projects that have significantly contributed to the industry and the community.

Projects eligible for this Award can be entered by a developer or consultant to the development industry but must not be eligible to enter any other categories.

20. CEO’s Regional Project Award

Project eligibility:

  • Must be entered into at least one category.
  • Must be entered into Award categories 1-19
  • Must be located outside the Local Government Areas of:
    • Brisbane City Council
    • Logan City Council
    • Redland City Council
    • Ipswich City Council
    • Gold Coast City Council
    • Sunshine Coast Regional Council
    • Noosa Shire Council
    • Moreton Bay Regional Council.

21. President’s Award

This Award is chosen by the UDIA Queensland’s President from winners in categories 1 to 10 and is deemed ‘the best of the best’ across these categories. This coveted Award recognises a project that changes the way we think about development.