Northern Territory

NT Government announces Weddell Design Competition winners

THE Northern Territory Government this week announced the winners of the Weddell design competitions for the future tropical city of up to 50,000 people.

Minister for Lands and Planning, Gerry McCarthy, announced the winners on Monday, with Troppo Architects Pty Ltd winning first prize ($50,000) in the Weddell New-Town Urban Design Competition.

Local architecture company Build Up Design and Territory-founded Troppo Architects Pty Ltd were named joint winners the first prize category of the Weddell Tropical Housing Design Competition.

"Weddell will be a tropical, sustainable and liveable city for the future and be home to up to 50,000 Territorians," Mr McCarthy said.

"These designs are based on what Territorians told us they want in their new city – feedback from Territorians through an Ideas Competition and an Enquiry by Design Forum has helped shape the city of Weddell."

The New-Town Urban Design Competition invited entrants to develop a design concept for a sustainable new town around five walkable neighbourhoods (all around or adjoining Bennetts Creek to accommodate about 6000 people).

Entrants were asked to incorporate a range of housing types including affordable housing with transport links, parklands and a central activity district or community centre.

Mr McCarthy said the judging panel determined there was one stand out entry for the Urban Design Competition from Troppo Architects Pty Ltd with an entry that captured the spirit of Darwin's landscape and culture.

The Tropical Housing Design Competition invited entrants to develop a series of housing design options that would deliver energy and water efficiency, and appropriate and affordable housing styles.

The joint winners of the Housing Design Competition, Build Up Design and Troppo Architects Pty Ltd, each receive $25,000. Third place was Kart Projects Pty Ltd with MORQ.

The Minister said that work is already underway on a major upgrade to Jenkins Road, the main road to Weddell from the Stuart Highway.

"We're releasing more land across the Territory than ever before to give Territorians more housing options," Mr McCarthy said.

The judging panels were chaired by Vicki O'Halloran, Co-Chair of the Territory 2030 Steering Committee and included local experts June D'Rozario, Col Browne and Richard Layton and Charmain Enthaler, and national experts Adjunct Professor Peter Elliott AM and Professor Richard Weller.

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