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2020 UDIA National Awards Winner

By Mortons Urban Solutions • June 1st, 2020

As one of the key Consultants assisting Villa World in the delivery of their Arundel Springs residential development, we were very proud when the project was announced Winner of the 2020 Residential Development category in May 2020.

Mortons-Urban Solutions provided civil engineering services for the 306 detached lot development which featured a Conversation Area with walking trails adjoining Coombabah Creek, local recreation and linear parks that link Arundel Springs to adjacent Council open space and an impressive Wetlands that incorporates best practice stormwater treatment and also accommodates native flora and fauna.

The estate also achieved an Award of Excellence in the Infrastructure Category by Australian Institute of Landscape Architects for the collaborative approach with City of Gold Coast in turning a degraded parkland into a functional wetland and useable Open Space for the general public.

Link to Download the UDIA Winners Brochure for more information.

Link to Download the AILA Certificate

Judge’s Comments:

Following acquisition of this site by Villa World, a subsequent redesign and amendment to an existing approval led to the creation and development of a most attractive project.

Upon entering Arundel Springs on the central Gold Coast the built form of contemporary terrace homes frame a highly maintained landscaped linear park which transitions into more natural wetlands. Extensive use of natural materials as landscaping treatments have cleverly masked the necessary engineering requirements needed for control and cleansing of large stormwater flows dissecting the site.

The developer is to be highly commended for the strong collaboration with the City of Gold Coast over stormwater and access to adjoining land, leading to attractively created open space areas immediately beyond the site and improved habitat values.

Further collaboration with the Department of Transport and Main Roads allowed for the mutual beneficial export of spoil to an adjoining future road corridor as a result of 7 metres excavation from part of the site. This agreement facilitated development of smaller allotments with minimum need for retaining.
The judges noted that the documented Arundel Springs Place Code delivered quality, diversity and individual maintenance of homes making for a highly liveable environment.