PAYCE projects have won major awards in five categories covering architecture, marketing and graphic design in this year’s Sydney Design Awards.

Three PAYCE projects, Jewel/Pierside at Wentworth Point, Harts Landing at Penrith and The Albany at Crows Nest collected two Gold and three Silver Awards between them.

The residential project, Jewel, and the Pierside retail precinct located below the Jewel apartments at Wentworth Point in Sydney Olympic Park were the big winners – Jewel taking out the Gold Award for best Architecture – Mixed Use – Constructed, while Pierside was awarded the Gold Award for best Opening Event –Marketing Event Experience.  Located adjacent to the public ferry wharf at the northern tip of Sydney Olympic Park, Jewel and Pierside were developed jointly by PAYCE and Sekisui House Australia.

Jewel has 256 apartments spread across three low-rise buildings in private and public landscaped surroundings. Pierside occupies 4,126 square metres of mixed-use retail that includes restaurants, convenience store, beauty and hair salons, a juice bar and a childcare centre.

PAYCE Director, Dominic Sullivan said PAYCE was thrilled to receive the awards and acknowledged the creative work of each of the award-winning project teams.

“Jewel, in particular, is a most worthy award recipient, offering fabulous harbour lifestyle living in what is now widely regarded as Sydney’s leading resort peninsula,” he said.

“Being positioned on the waterfront and the aquatic gateway to Sydney Olympic Park, the vision was to create something special and exciting for residents and the broader community.  The vistas across Homebush Bay and the upper harbour are stunning by night and day, and the paved waterfront linkages mean everyone can enjoy the ambiance and beauty of this part of Sydney Olympic Park.”

Mr Sullivan said Pierside’s al fresco environment and expansive water views are a major drawcard for not only local residents but also for visitors to Sydney Olympic Park who can step straight off the ferry into the retail precinct.

“The opening day of Pierside in October 2017 was held in perfect weather conditions that allowed us to maximise the nautical theme of the event,” he said.

“There were chill out zones with deck chairs, a sandpit with umbrellas and pop up stalls that showcased the products of the local retailers.  Overall a great marketing success and a memorable event for all who came along from the local community to share the day with us.”

The landmark development at Penrith, Harts Landing, was the recipient of two awards – Silver for Architecture – Residential – Constructed and Silver for Graphic Design – Illustration and Type.

Mr Sullivan said PAYCE partnered with not-for-profit community housing provider, Evolve Housing, to deliver a 268 apartment mix of social, affordable and private housing.

“The development consisted of three buildings, two of which are u-shaped, rising nine storeys above a podium level of common areas and two levels of car parking with 270 spaces,” he said.

“Each building has its own entrance and all the finishes throughout the development are the same in quality, with no difference between the social, affordable or private apartments.

The fifth award was won by The Albany, which will be the gateway landmark building at the northern end of Crows Nest’s residential and retail precinct.  The Albany, Crows Nest was awarded Silver in Architecture – Proposed.

The Albany, Crows Nest consists of 60 luxury apartments above a number of retail businesses anchored by Coles and set on a public landscaped plaza.

Mr Sullivan said The Albany, Crows Nest was planned and designed with village life in mind, and the convenience of amenities at the residents’ doorstep, while providing a memorable sense of place.

“The distinctive white brick and glass building represents the best in new-age apartment living, where residential and retail are integrated on the one site in a mixed-use development,” he said.
“To maximise the flexibility of inside-outside spaces, most of the apartments will have winter gardens, where the living areas can be extended out or closed off to suit the weather conditions.”

The Albany, Crows Nest is currently being built by leading construction company, Paynter Dixon and is due to complete in the first quarter of 2019.