A Brisbane riverfront luxury apartment project has been named Best Residential Development in the national Property Council of Australia Innovation and Excellence Awards for 2018. Newport, by Frasers Property Australia, took out the title in a competitive field featuring 12 other projects from some of the country’s best developers. Newport was the only Queensland project to win an award this year.

The $44.1 million building is part of the Hamilton Reach masterplanned community and has spectacular Brisbane River frontage with views stretching from the Royal Queensland Golf Course to the Brisbane CBD. Cameron Leggatt, General Manager Residential Queensland for Frasers Property Australia, described the award as a massive win. “This is as good as it gets in the residential award space nationally,” he said.

Judging criteria included project innovation, the developer’s ability to overcome site complexities, corporate social responsibility plus quality design and finishes. Mr Leggatt said Newport’s unique façade was designed to mimic the movements of the Brisbane River and the 34 luxury two- and three-bedroom apartments were configured to connect residents to the river and parklands. “The five-storey height of the building respects the local environment, sitting comfortably just above the adjoining mangroves, and its triangular shape minimises its bulk to the street,” he said.

Pedestrian and cycle paths, riverfront seating and a green pocket park were integrated into the design, ensuring a continuation of connectivity to the wider Hamilton Reach community. The project also won a 2017 Queensland Master Builders Brisbane Construction Award. Newport is part of the $700 million Hamilton Reach community within the $5 billion Northshore urban renewal project which is the largest of its kind in Queensland.

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