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20 Awards in 20 Years

Villawood Properties is a national award-winning property developer.  A leader in its sector, Villawood is consistently recognised for its creativity and innovation, along with ongoing contribution to the industry.  This contribution spans a multitude of areas, including excellence in environmental and residential development.

Aquarevo Awarded for Environmental Excellence at 2019 UDIA Awards

The Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) has awarded Aquarevo, the unique joint development between South East Water and Villawood Properties, the Environmental Excellence award in recognition of its innovative water and energy conserving initiatives that make it Australia’s most water and energy efficient residential community.

Every home within the benchmark community will save up to 70 per cent of water and 65 per cent of energy usage, compared the current Australian averages. With more than 460 homes planned at Aquarevo, these savings equate approximately to saving 24 Olympic-sized swimming pools of water or taking 300 cars off the road each year.

Villawood Properties Executive Director, Rory Costelloe, said Aquarevo, a first of its kind, provided the property and water industries the opportunity to step into the future by demonstrating that sustainable home design can be as commercially viable as it is environmentally friendly.

“With thanks to the UDIA for recognising Aquarevo with the Environmental Excellence Award, we genuinely hope that what is considered remarkable today, becomes the norm or the future.

“Australia’s continued population growth, plus the pressure of rising utilities costs and reality of climate change all highlight that demand for homes that are both environmentally friendly and affordable to run will only continue,” Mr. Costelloe said.

The Winners Club

An active, healthy and social connected way of life has once again proven a winner at the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s Awards for Excellence, with Villawood Properties’ boutique Delaray community in Clyde North being awarded “Best Residential Development” at the prestigious industry event.

Delaray launched in 2015 and is the picture of suburban bliss, featuring stunning wetlands, board walks, parklands, playgrounds and public art. The beautifully landscaped streetscapes are connected by vast open spaces and recreational facilities and was the site of the 2019 Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal Charity Auction.

The jewel in Delaray’s crown is inarguably the architecturally designed Club Delaray, a unique facility which provides residents with a suite of amenities to foster a healthy, connected and fulfilling lifestyle. These include a family lounge, function space, gymnasium, swimming pools, tennis court, outdoor barbeque and seating areas and a café.

Delaray’s triumph at the UDIA Awards for Excellence marks the fourth time that a Villawood Community with a Residents’ Club has taken out the top honours in its category. Alamanda in Point Cook, Marriott Waters in Lyndhurst and Armstrong in Mt Duneed all feature Villawood’s signature Residents’ Clubs and have all received UDIA accolades.

Villawood Properties’ Executive Director, Rory Costelloe, said Residents’ Clubs had become a vital part of the Villawood brand in terms of delivering on promise and delivering something exceptional.

“In 2019 Villawood celebrated 30 years of striving for excellence and our Residents’ Clubs are the quintessential expression of what we endeavour to achieve in terms of place making and community creation, so to cap this year off with Delaray being named the UDIA’s ‘Best Residential Community’ is the icing on the cake.

Awards Timeline


Villawood’s joint venture with South East Water, Aquarevo, recognised for Environmental Excellence at the UDIA Awards (Victoria)


Delaray Clyde North named Best Residential Development at UDIA Awards for Excellence (Victoria)


Our joint venture with South East Water, Aquarevo, receives a commendation from the Australian Water Association for Infrastructure Project Innovation


Armstrong Mt Duneed wins UDIA Community Engagement Excellence Award


Tony Johnson receives the UDIA Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his significant contribution to the property sector over the past 30 years.  This includes a decade on the UDIA’s board of directors, during which time he served as President from 2000 to 2003.


Villawood’s flagship Geelong community, Armstrong, Mt Duneed, won the highly coveted 2017 for UDIA Award for Excellence, Masterplanned Community.  Armstrong joins Villawood’s Marriott Waters and Alamanda communities as a recipient of the accolade.


Villawood’s Executive Director, Rory Costelloe, was honoured by the UDIA with a Lifetime Achievement award, in recognition of over thirty years creativity and valuable contribution to the development industry.


Aquarevo, Australia’s most water and energy-efficient urban residential development,  was awarded the UDIA’s 6-Star accreditation for EnviroDevelopment.  This is the highest level of recognition for environmental sustainability. The scientifically-based rating system recognises leading-edge environmental outcomes across six areas of sustainability: water, ecosystems, community, waste, materials and energy.


Armstrong, Mt Duneed awarded the coveted Landscape Award at the prestigious UDIA Annual Awards for Excellence.  The award in recognition of the Australian-first Green Street Display Village concept, combining a closed-street display village with a children’s playground.


Trillium, Mickleham  community was awarded the 2015 Urban Development Institute of Australia’s prestigious Healthy Design award.


Armstrong, Mt Dunned becomes Villawood’s first community to be awarded the UDIA’s 6 leaf EnviroDevelopment accreditation.


Marriott Waters, Lyndhurst  wins the UDIA Awards for Excellence for Best Masterplanned Community of  2013.


Marriott Waters, Lyndhurst recognised in the UDIA Awards for Excellence, receiving the Melbourne Water Recognition Award.


Villawood’s first Sydney community, Skylands Schofield recognised in Sydney Design Awards


‘Villawood Cheques You In” Campaign  recognised in Melbourne Design Awards


Marriott Waters awarded  the UDIA’s EnviroDevelopment four leaf accreditation in recognition of the community’s commitment to sustainability.


Our Alamanda Community in Point Cook is named the national Winner of the Best Residential Development Award at the UDIA Awards for Excellence


Alamanda, Point Cook recognised as the Best Masterplanned Community at the UDIA’s Victorian Awards for Excellence.


Seaons Tarneit – Finalist, United Nations (Aus) Environmental Awards


Seaons Tarneit – Finalist, The Premier’s Business Sustainability Awards


Seasons Tarneit – Winner, City of Wyndham Environmental Award


Seasons Tarneit wins the UDIA Award for Excellence, Best Masterplanned community. Then, in 2006, Seasons received the Judges Award at the National UDIA Awards for Excellence.


Villawood’s first major metropolitan project, Orchard Place, Werribee, is awarded the Judges Award at the UDIA Awards for Excellence.


Penzance, Bendigo named as the winner of the UDIA President’s Award

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