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Byron Bay resort recognised for progressive approach

September 1, 2017 Accolades No Comments Email Email

At the Urban Development Institute of Australia NSW Gala Awards held earlier this month, Byron Bay’s Elements of Byron resort took one of the few coveted Major Awards. The beachfront property received the Award for Excellence for development across regional New South Wales and Canberra, beating every other development outside Sydney.

“This project represents an outstanding outcome on one of the most politically sensitive development sites in New South Wales” noted the UDIA Judges. “The developers undertook an intensive and exemplary community engagement approach over five years prior to construction, which has continued over the development and operational stages”.

Jeremy Holmes, Development Director for North Byron Beach Resort (which includes Elements of Byron) attended the event with owner Peggy Flannery and members of the development team. “This is a very special award for me personally” said Holmes. “Elements of Byron has been blessed to receive numerous awards at state, national and international level. This one, however, is for my development team, some of whom have been working on this project for seven years”. Other major UDIA Awards went to Barangaroo South and 50 Martin Place.

The North Byron Beach Resort development team has taken the unusual approach of bringing the construction of Elements of Byron’s second stage in-house. The decision was made so the team could better manage not only quality but also noise impacts from construction, which Holmes says is important for both in-house guests and neighbours in the surrounding area. “By doing the job ourselves and not using an external builder we can have more control. For example we start later in the morning and don’t work Saturdays.”

The new works will be complete end October, when Elements of Byron is relaunched. At that time a dozen new and revamped leisure areas including a new 25 metre heated adult only pool with swim-up bar and childrens’ timber adventure playground will open. A further 99 new villas will open in an entirely new section of the property surrounded by forest and creek, including 68 two bedroom two bathroom 111m2 deluxe beach houses. And with these final additions the building footprint across the site will be only 3.8%, or less than 10% of the developable area.

This UDIA Award follows a string of major awards the property has received over the past two months, including a Sustainability Award from the Australian Institute of Architects, a Commendation in the Commercial Category from the Australian Institute of Architects and being named “Best Large Scale Corporate Retreat in Australia” at the Qantas Business Travel Awards. Elements of Byron has also just been announced as a finalist in the Hotel Management Awards in both the Regional Property and Meetings and Conference Property categories.

www.elementsofbyron.com.au

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