Innovative residential estate, Heritage Parc, has attracted one of the most sought-after prizes in the urban development industry – an Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) NSW Award for Excellence in Residential Development.

Awarded to McCloy Group at a gala dinner on Friday 1 August at the Star Casino in Sydney, the project received significant praise.

Chief Judge and urban engineer of almost 40 years, Laurie Rose, said the 450-lot residential development in Rutherford is outstanding.

“Heritage Parc provides an unusual and impressive range of open spaces and outdoor recreation facilities around a series of lakes that will no doubt deliver a very attractive lifestyle for residents,” he said.

“The masterplan responds sensitively and astutely to the environmental attributes of this former golf course, with over 50 per cent of the 102ha site comprising lakes and parkland, which will be managed by residents as part of this 450 lot community title estate.

“Screening to mitigate visual impacts from an adjoining industrial area and noise impacts from the recently completed Hunter Expressway are handled well.

“In a regional market where price-sensitivity is always an issue, Heritage Parc demonstrates how quality landscaped parks, public art, play equipment and many other inclusions can be delivered and maintained in an affordable manner.”

Now in their 20th year, the UDIA NSW Awards for Excellence celebrate the highest levels of achievement in innovation, sustainability and industry leadership in the NSW and ACT urban development industry.

The best project out of 14 awards categories will represent the State in the UDIA National Awards of Excellence 2015 in Sydney on March 19. The winner will be determined in Sydney at the annual UDIA NSW President’s Luncheon on September 4.