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Downsizer’s dream wins Victoria’s top property honour

Piccolo Developments have taken out the Property Council of Australia’s Rider Levett Bucknall Victorian Development of the Year award for Elwood House.

Elwood House is a low-lying brick building featuring 30 apartments and three retail tenancies.

“Elwood House emphasises quality of life with a stunning design in harmony with the local community,” Property Council’s Victorian Executive Director Cressida Wall said.

“While Elwood House is a modern design, the development reflects the local context of the historic precinct.

“Piccolo’s approach to development shows how urban regeneration can deliver a real uplift in terms of amenity and aesthetics along our suburban streets.”

Designed in collaboration with Woods Bagot and Hecker Guthrie, Elwood House was completed in June
2017 and  was previously occupied by the Elwood RSL club.

The Victorian Development of the Year award is part of the 2019 Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation (RLB) and Excellence Awards program.

“Elwood House offers security, privacy, amenity and flexibility with the same level of comfort and liveability found in larger homes,” said Managing Director of RLB in Victoria Ewen McDonald.

“RLB is proud to have provided cost management and quantity surveying services to Piccolo Developments on Elwood House to produce a quality outcome for the owners and tenants.”

Elwood House is now vying for the Crown Group Award for Best Residential Development at the national awards.

Piccolo Developments won the award in 2013 for the Garden House in North Carlton.

“Our local property industry is not only building iconic projects like Elwood House, it’s also showcasing smart solutions that support our evolving communities while creating new jobs, growth and opportunities for Victorians,” Ms Wall concluded.

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