Announcement: UDIA Award judges give high rise at Rouse Hill the ‘thumbs up’
The Rise Apartments development at Rouse Hill Town Centre has been awarded a Commendation in the category of High Density Housing at the 2008 Urban Development Institute Awards (NSW). The development was praised for being a key component of the award-winning Rouse Hill Town Centre, which also recently won the 2008 RAIA Lloyd Rees Award for Urban Design from the Australian Institute of Architects. The apartments were designed as part of a joint venture between architects Rice Daubney, Allen Jack+Cottier and Group GSA.
During the delivery of the award, the UDIA judges commented, “This building represents a brave step by government and private enterprise in the delivery of a high rise apartment development at the outset of a major masterplanned community. The location of apartment defines the town square and is central to the ‘action’, which in turn delivers activity and surveillance as well as much needed critical mass to support the town core. The apartment design offers a good range of dwelling types, both innovative and spacious.”
Rise Apartments is situated above the ground retail level at the main thoroughfare of Rouse Hill Town Centre, a collaborative effort between Lend Lease and GPT Group to serve the growth of north-western Sydney over the next ten years. The strategic location of the apartments places the residents at the heart of a new community centre, within easy reach of major retailers, 200 specialty stores, and a range of dining and entertainment outlets. The 104-unit development boasts a contemporary open plan, with high quality finishes. Launched in September 2007, many of the apartments have already been sold to a mix of both investors and owner-occupiers.