Residential project, ESQUE Mosman developed by
HELM Property Group, was crowned the winner of the one of the most sought-after prizes in the urban development industry - 2014 Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) NSW President’s Award.
Now in their 20th year, the 2014 UDIA NSW/ACT Austral Bricks Awards for Excellence celebrate the highest levels of achievement in innovation, sustainability and industry leadership in the NSW and ACT urban development industry.
ESQUE has been designed and built for owner-occupiers seeking a cosmopolitan lifestyle located in one of Sydney’s most exclusive suburbs, on the eastern cusp of Cremorne Village.
The project involved the demolition of the 35 year old EMI Records commercial building and the construction of 29 apartments with 18 different apartment designs, above a two level basement.
The limited space lead HELM to introduce cleverly configured floor-plans, with well-proportioned rooms and inventive storage solutions to make the most of the space. Internal apartment sizes range from 52 square meters through to 168 square meters.
Mark Monk, General Manager of HELM, says “The apartments appealed to people seeking spacious and secure living, with enduring finishes, abundant storage, light-filled interiors and practical outdoor areas, coupled with HELM’s renowned quality and service,”.
Chief Judge and experienced urban engineer, Laurie Rose said, “ESQUE is a little gem of a project”.
“The building fits in beautifully with its neighbours and adds to the value of the streets cape," he said.
“The detailed design reflects an acute understanding of local market requirements and the communal spaces within the building are exceptional, featuring plenty of light and air, and are beautifully landscaped.
UDIA NSW President Simon Basheer talked of the difficulty in selecting just one project for the President’s Award, given the strength of category winners, “The annual UDIA NSW President’s Award is an honour bestowed upon the best-of-the-best urban development project in NSW and the ACT”.
“Every aspect of ESQUE proved outstanding from the quality fittings and finishes, to the design that complements surrounding residential and commercial buildings, to a variety of apartment styles to give buyers a lot of choice,” Basheer said.
“Importantly, property developer HELM also employed a high level of community engagement to limit the impact on neighbours, and work with them to get the fantastic final result.”
Basheer acknowledged HELM’s feat considering ESQUE was built on a particularly difficult site with limited access, with no storage room and bordering on a very narrow lane way.
“The ingenuity and innovation HELM showed in negotiating with close to 30 neighbours to construct a temporary raised platform to accommodate site offices, ablution facilities and a materials handling deck above the lane way was remarkable, and a great example of community collaboration.”
As the best project out of the 14 award categories, ESQUE has the honour of representing the State in the UDIA National Awards of Excellence 2015 in Sydney on March 19.