December 15, 2023

38 Albermarle Street wins Project of the Year at 2023 Victorian UDIA Awards

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38 Albermarle Street took out Project of the Year and the Affordable Housing Award at the 2023 UDIA Awards for Excellence. These awards celebrate high-quality projects and innovation across the urban development sector in Victoria. 

We wish to congratulate all our partners and collaborators involved in bringing 38 Albermarle Street to life, especially our design partners Fieldwork and Six Degrees Architects whose expertise and design thinking has been critical to the project's success as a connected, sustainable residential community. 

Thank you to the UDIA Victoria judges for this recognition, and for spotlighting the hard work of our team and the positive change we’re looking to build in the Australian housing sector. 

38 Albermarle Street sets a high bar for the innovation, quality, sustainability, and impact that we aim to achieve with every future project. I would like to thank all collaborators involved in getting this pilot project to where we see it today.

Managing Director Kris Daff

We have been incredibly focused on realising our housing ambitions in 2023. Here’s a snapshot of some of our teams' achievements and the momentum that we will be running with into the new year. 

  • We began 2023 coming off of the launch of our partners at Super Housing Partnerships, a specialist housing fund manager, and the appointment news of Carolyn Viney as the incoming CEO. 
  • We expanded our housing impact backed by AustralianSuper by acquiring three new projects in Coburg, Brunswick and Footscray.  
  • Construction is well underway at 15 Thompson Street in Kensington and 4 Ballarat Street in Brunswick, with our builder partner Hacer Group. By this time next year, we are targeting for both projects to be completed. 
  • We invited many guests into our pilot project at 38 Albermarle Street including Ministerial visits from Minister for Planning Sonya Kilkenny, Minister for Housing Colin Brooks, and recently the incoming Premier of Queensland Steven Miles. 
  • We launched our Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan and held our first cultural awareness training with Wurundjeri. We will continue our hard work and in earnest throughout our reconciliation journey in 2024 and beyond. 
  • In September, we broke ground on our first build-to-rent project at 402 Macaulay Road with our partners at Super Housing Partnerships and were joined by then Premier Dan Andrews, Minister for Housing Colin Brooks, and Lord Mayor of Melbourne Sally Capp AO. We are proudly delivering 20 percent affordable and 20 percent social housing as part of this project.  
  • We welcomed then Premier Dan Andrews and his ministerial cabinet, key stakeholders and our partners atop of 15 Thompson Street to support the launch of the State Government’s housing statement, 'The Next Decade | 2024 – 2034 Affordability Partnership’. 
  • At Cassette, our sustainable café beneath 38 Albermarle Street, we hosted a dinner series to support not-for-profit Scarf with 8 graduates going on to find jobs in Melbourne’s hospitality sector.