Halcyon Greens has made property industry history by being a dual finalist in Seniors’ Living and Master Planned Development categories at the prestigious Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) Awards for Excellence.
Halcyon’s Joint Managing Directors Paul Melville and Dr. Bevan Geissmann said it was an honour for Halcyon Greens to be recognised alongside major national residential property developers in the Best Master Planned Development category as well as Seniors’ Living.
“We congratulate Presbyterian Aged Care and Cottee Parker Architects for their win in Seniors’ Living and for the National President’s Award, and certainly we are very proud to have shared the podium with Billbergia in Best Master Planned Development,” Dr Geissmann said.
“With Halcyon Greens being the first lifestyle community to be a dual finalist in these two categories, we think it shows how this project has redefined the benchmark for modern seniors, providing the Baby Boomer market with the choice, style and quality they are looking for.
“It has been a game-changer for the industry, the likes of which had not been seen before, being the largest of its kind in the country with facilities to rival a luxury holiday resort.”
Dr. Geissmann said market acceptance for the Pimpama community had been cemented with the modern Australian senior flocking to the project with buyers coming from all over the country, confirming South East Queensland as the Florida of Australia.
“Seniors living communities are no longer located on secondary land sites and simply cut up for maximal site density,” he said.
“Rather, the modern senior demands prime locations and considered design and master planning, as well as extensive facilities and contemporary and environmentally sensitive home designs. “Halcyon Greens has set the new benchmark for this.”
Dr. Geissmann said the honour of being up against the country’s largest residential developers in the Master Planned category was a testament to the brilliant creative direction of architect Brian Toyota.
“We knew from his experience master planning world-renowned community Sanctuary Cove, Brian would be able to create luxury, modern country club living at Halcyon Greens and we were not disappointed,” he said.
“It shows lifestyle communities are certainly coming of age and we are rubbing shoulders with the big boys, and that’s who we are trying to compete with by lifting the bar. “It’s wonderful for Halcyon and it’s wonderful for Australian seniors who are looking to make the move into a lifestyle community.”
Located on a 34ha island on the Gold Coast, Halcyon Greens is surrounded by native wetlands, nature reserves and it sits adjacent to Gainsborough Greens championship golf course.
The island oasis has been master-planned for almost 1000 residents with five residential precincts, all connected to a central 2.8ha green spine housing the Recreation and Leisure precinct.
“A strong sense of connection and enthusiastic community management creates the social fabric that binds Halcyon Greens; from a packed schedule of weekly events and activities to generous fundraising initiatives to the formation of more than 40 interest and sporting groups,’’ Dr Geissmann said.
When complete, Halcyon Greens will have 522 homes across 23 styles and eight design finishes, a recreational club and lodge, cinema, gym and wellness centre, indoor and outdoor pools, floodlit tennis court, eight pickleball courts, and championship-sized bowling green with homes priced from $551,000 to $1.1million.
This latest achievement as dual finalists at the national UDIA Awards for Excellence adds to the growing tally of recognition earned by the Pimpama community.
“We have previously been recognised by five different industry bodies, but perhaps our greatest recognition and achievement being the delivery of Bella’s Sanctuary, Australia’s first purpose-built long-term transition facility for victims of domestic violence,” he said.
The UDIA is Australia’s leading development industry body. The National Awards for Excellence shine a light on and world-class urban development projects taking place across the nation.