The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-10-02T22:30:00Z BYD’s distribution channel and expanded Battery-Box portfolio on display at All Energy Conference and Exhibition 2018-10-02T22:30:00Z byds-distribution-channel-and-expanded-battery-box-portfolio-on-display-at-all-energy-conference-and-exhibition Strong growth in ANZ Distribution channel partners locked in New compatibility with Solis Inverter BYD Co., Ltd., the world’s leading supplier of rechargeable lithium batteries, will present its extended portfolio of the successful Battery-Box lithium storage systems series (previously named “B-Box”) at the All Energy Conference and Exhibition in Melbourne from October 3rd and 4th 2018. The company’s products will feature strongly throughout the event, with several distribution and inverter-partners featuring Battery-Boxes at their stalls. This extended presence underlines the fact that BYD’s distribution network has now reached maturity in Australia, and is beginning to impact a broader range of vertical markets. The expanded product portfolio now supports even more application types of all sizes on their way to energy independence and self consumption. The Battery-Box range of products places special emphasis on deployments for off-grid applications, and is compatible with a wide variety of mainstream inverters, such as SMA, Goodwe, Victron, Sungrow and Selectronic, highlighting the range’s versatility. The company has also recently added compatibility with the Solis Inverter. “Australia is an important market for BYD, representing our second largest region by global sales. Our large representation through our partners at All Energy proves that we have now consolidated our presence in the market, and are in a position to capitalize on the exceptional growth already experienced here over the past two years,” said Julia Chen, Global Sales Director, BYD Batteries. “The positive market reception of our Battery-Box storage system, which we showed at All Energy 2017, was a key motivation to grow our energy storage portfolio and regional partner network, and that move is paying off for us in Australia with ten percent growth, year-on-year.” Expanded Partner Portfolio and configuration examples support self-consumption At the event, BYD partners will showcase the expanded range of solutions in the field of inverters and present a selection of new compatible systems. They will also showcase configuration examples for the combined systems of storage solutions and inverters which demonstrate how the flexible modular storage system - in combination with proven partner solutions - can support many uses, from self-consumption through to off-grid applications. New Battery-Box LV generation After the successful introduction of the award-winning Battery-Box HV (high-voltage) lithium storage system in 2017, BYD now expands the low-voltage storage portfolio with the latest generation of the Battery-Box LV. At the company’s partner event in March 2018, the company presented the new Battery-Box LV (Low Voltage) 48 volt lithium storage system, which employs the successful modular design of the energy storage series, with battery capacities ranging from 3.5 to 14 kWh in one system, with one to four modules. The capacity can be scaled up to 42kWh with three systems connected in parallel. It is ideally suited for residential use. The system provides a high discharge power and higher usable energy ration than comparable systems in the market. It also employs BYD’s patented innovative connection system which allows for an extremely easy plug-and-play installation without the need to connect cables. The new generation adds an automated support for the connection of three systems to make the scaling up to 42kWh even easier. Other BYD products on display at the All energy event will include: • BYD Battery-Box LV 2.5-10 • BYD Battery-Box Pro 13.8 • BYD Battery-Box HV 6.4-11.5 Textile designer produces thought-provoking collection inspired by the built environment 2018-09-27T07:17:19Z textile-designer-produces-thought-provoking-collection-inspired-by-the-built-environment-1 Media Release: 27 September 2018 Textile designer produces thought-provoking collection inspired by the built environment Tappeti launches new collection – GEO Leading textile design firm Tappeti have again pushed the envelope with their authentic, truly unique and masterful new collection - GEO, inspired by the architectural forms of the built environment. The GEO collection playfully explores exciting combinations of colour, shape, line and form, in part due to the exceptional design talent from Tappeti, and the meticulous handwork techniques they employ to craft their floor art. This standard of quality has been underscored by material integrity that is suitable for commercial wear and tear, and a keen eye watching out for the perfect balance of style and functionality. Karinna Gobbo, Tappeti’s Founder and CEO, said GEO is a juxtaposition of the ancient traditions of handmaking rugs, with the powerful forms of the modern world. “Marrying commercial grade quality and sought-after manufacturing techniques, with the best quality materials has resulted in a delightful celebration of individuality and sophistication. “Each GEO piece uses hand-dyed New Zealand Wool with shimmers of art silk, and uses traditional handcraft techniques of carving, looping, raised pile and fringing. “The GEO collection rugs are handmade in India based on designs refined in our studios in Australia and Singapore and are built to withstand commercial environments or become an heirloom in residential spaces. “When interiors are full of mass production and ‘seen-it-all-before’ designs, GEO stands out as a breath of fresh air offering the highest level of quality, adding complexity and depth to all environments,” said Ms Gobbo. Consistent with Tappeti‘s offering, a range of customisation options complement the GEO range. Endless design configurations are on offer due to the choice of a variety of rug pile heights, various shapes and sizes depending on application, and Tappeti‘s vibrant selection of custom distinctive colours. This unrivalled degree of design flexibility also extends to finishes, which include fringe details, tapered edges and carved lines. Tappeti launched GEO on Thursday 27 September in Sydney. www.tappeti.com.au Notes to editors All images are available in high resolution upon request. For more information and interviews with Karinna Gobbo please contact: Felicity Zadro, Managing Director, Zadro | felicity@zadroagency.com.au | +61 2 9212 7867 About Tappeti Tappeti has collaborated with some of the most illustrious firms in Australian design including Bates Smart, HASSELL, Woods Bagot and FJMT. Each collection is handcrafted using the highest quality materials that have the ability to amplify any design statement. www.tappeti.com.au Architecture & Design extends Top Trusted Brands industry survey by 72 hours 2018-09-20T00:39:19Z architecture-amp-design-extends-top-trusted-brands-industry-survey-by-72-hours   Due to unprecedented demand, Architecture & Design has announced it is extending its fifth Top Trusted Brands industry survey nominations period by a further 72 hours.   The second phase of nominations will now close at midnight, 23 September 2018.   If you have not yet nominated your brand for 2018, this is your chance to ensure your entry is included in the 2018 survey.   The survey has been highly beneficial to the Australian built industry since its inception in 2012, consistently ranking the nation’s Top Trusted Brands in the architecture, building, construction and design industries.   The survey has set an industry benchmark for brands to consult, while at the same time, offering an insight into which brands Australians perceive as trustworthy.   Having seen a significant number of entries come through during the initial phase of nominations, Architecture & Design has extended this phase to allow for any last-minute changes and/or additions.   In terms of ensuring entire industry coverage, Architecture & Design recently added four new categories to the survey, taking the list of categories up to 29: ·       Associations & Information ·       Furniture ·       Lifts & Elevators ·       Office Equipment   If you have not yet submitted an entry for your brand, you may consider nominating in one of the four new categories.   If you have already nominated your brand, you still have the opportunity to submit an additional entry, particularly if you feel your brand should be nominated in one of the recently-added categories.   “Brand differentiation is most effectively achieved by creating trust of your brand in a crowded marketplace, and one of the fastest ways to garner more market trust is to be listed in the Top Trusted Brands survey”, said editor of Architecture & Design, Branko Miletic.   Previous surveys have revealed a number of interesting trends in Trusted Brands rankings over the years.   The Laminex Group, CSR Gyprock, Caroma and Dulux Australia all maintained a Top 10 ranking in previous editions of the survey. Blum placed in the Top 3 for three consecutive years before dropping down to number 14 in the most recent survey in 2016.   Alucobond Architectural was initially ranked number 46 in the first survey in 2012, but since then has continued to climb the ranks. The company sat at number 23 in 2014, before appearing in the Top 10 in 2015 and most recently ranked 5th in 2016. Where will they end up in 2018?   Austral Bricks (Brickworks) saw impressive progression, going from a rank of 95 in 2012, to number 16 in 2015. Austral Bricks continued to rise, placing in the Top 10 of the 2016 survey.   If you would like to nominate a brand, you can do so using the link below. The extended nomination period will now close midnight, 23 September 2018, and voting will be open to the Australian public shortly after.   Nominate your Trusted Brand for 2018: www.trustedbrands.awardstack.com   About Architecture and Design ArchitectureandDesign.com.au is Australia’s largest architecture, building, construction and design media providing daily updates on the best in new projects, industry news and expert commentary. We act as an information hub for practicing architects, designers, builders, specifiers, engineers, developers and suppliers – the professionals creating Australia’s buildings.   About the survey The Top 100 Trusted Brands Survey was established in 2012 and is Australia’s leading national showcase of the best brands within the Building and Architecture space. Brands compete in one of 29 categories. They will also compete for a place in the overall 10 Trusted Brands for 2016 to receive editorial coverage in Architecture and Design’s suite of media publications.   Media Release Contact Branko Miletic: Editor, Architecture and Design Phone: +61 2 9018 2039 Email: branko.miletic@architectureanddesign.com.au BYD deliver company outlook on the Australian energy storage market, launch new Low-Voltage Battery-Box 2018-03-28T03:14:48Z byd-deliver-company-outlook-on-the-australian-energy-storage-market-launch-new-low-voltage-battery-box On March 21, BYD, the world’s largest manufacturer of new energy vehicle and lithium iron phosphate batteries hosted a partner and industry event at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art to deliver the company’s overview of the global energy storage market. The roadmap for BYD’s energy storage operations within Australia also coincided with the launch of the new low-voltage (LV) Battery-Box (previously named “B-Box”) system. The New BYD Low-Voltage Battery-Box The latest iteration of the company’s Battery-Box LV offers a large leap in performance, producing between 3.5 and 14kWh based on a modular design, with exceptional depth of discharge (DOD), energy consumption, PV profile and backup functionality. Extending the battery in a parallel network can produce as much as 42 kWh. The New BYD Low-Voltage Battery-Box Launch Event “The low-voltage residential market requires flexibility, and the new Battery-Box LV is aimed firmly at providing that to Australian householders. At a competitive upfront investment, people can obtain a modular battery setup that allows for easy expansion, simple installation and is primed for use in Australia’s tough outdoor conditions,” said David Dai, BYD Battery-Box Chief Technology Officer. “There is huge potential here in Australia, and we are entering the market at a very exciting time. People are really warming to the idea of residential solar power, and governments are starting to take major steps towards a clean-energy future based around solar. BYD is excited to be a part of that,” said Julia Chen, Global Sales Director, BYD Batteries. BYD has invested heavily on research and development, propelling the company’s evolution from mobile device batteries to energy storage, electric vehicles and rail transit batteries. BYD has operated in Australia since February 2017, bringing the company’s high-voltage residential energy storage system, the Battery-Box, to market via a network of local distribution partners. Having enjoyed success over the past 12 months, the company will look to gain market share and local presence in 2018, starting with an expanded product portfolio. BYD also hosted a range of partners and industry stakeholders at the event, which includes a global energy storage market overview from Annabel Wilton, Distributed Energy Analyst for Australia at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The company will also acknowledge local partners who performed well for the company in 2017, underscoring BYD’s commitment to professional training, marketing promotion and continual technical and after-sales support for the Australian market. About BYD BYD Company Ltd. is a leading high-tech multinational company based in Shenzhen, China. Since its establishment in 1995, BYD has developed solid expertise in rechargeable batteries, becoming a relentless advocate of sustainable development. It has successfully expanded its renewable energy solutions globally with operations in over 50 countries and regions. After 23 years’ development, BYD has created a Zero Emissions Energy Ecosystem – affordable solar power generation, reliable energy storage, cutting-edge electrified transportation and a state of the art monorail – has made it an industry leader in the energy and transportation sector. BYD is listed on the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit http://www.byd.com. 60th Annual Good Design Awards Unveils New Sustainably Designed Trophy 2018-03-08T23:03:38Z 60th-annual-good-design-awards-unveils-new-sustainably-designed-trophy Sydney, Australia: Australia’s prestigious Good Design Awards today unveiled a new sustainably designed trophy designed by The Evolve Group, winners of the 2016 Good Design Award of the year for the FLOW Hive. The trophy will be presented to winners at the 60th annual Awards ceremony held on 17 May 2018 for the first time at Sydney Opera House. Top honours will be presented by special guest, Danish architect Jan Utzon, son of Jørn Utzon architect of the Sydney Opera House. Due to popular and last minute demand, the entry deadline for Australia’s prestigious Good Design Awards has been extended to midnight on Monday 19 March 2018. Recognising the best of Australian and international design, the Awards have already attracted significant interest from Australia and overseas with innovative projects entered across 10 design disciplines. In celebration of the 60th year of Australia’s oldest and only international design awards, winners will be presented with a new sustainably designed and made Good Design Award winner’s trophy. The new trophy design uses a clever combination of discarded plastic harvested from the ocean and a plant-based bio resin that will be injection moulded into an elegant “Good Design Tick”. Commenting on the new trophy design, Dr Brandon Gien, CEO of Good Design Australia said, “Designers play a critical role in deciding what material to use and specify when designing and manufacturing products and in many cases, these materials can be harmful to our environment. Our oceans are currently being polluted with single-use plastic with recent studies predicting that by 2050, there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish.” “Designers and manufacturers have the choice to use recycled, renewable, bio-based materials that reduce the dependence on fossil fuel based products and materials that will never break down. By utilising sustainably designed materials, the new trophy embodies Good Design Australia’s mission to create a better, safer and more sustainable world, through design.” Dr. Gien went on to say. The 2018 Good Design Award winners will be decided by a jury of leading international design experts including the legendary Hartmut Esslinger, founder of global design firm frog design and one of the early pioneers of industrial design at Apple. Projects will be assessed on three overarching design criteria including: Good Design, Design Innovation and Design Impact. To mark the 60th Anniversary of the Awards, a number of new awards and initiatives have also been launched to promote the value and importance of design including the Better World Award, Good Design Team of the Year Award and an Indigenous Designer Award, created to recognise and celebrate the important contribution that Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander designers make to Australian design across the spectrum of design disciplines and practice. Alongside the Awards, and celebrating enduring quality design over the past 60 years, is an unprecedented three-day Good Design Showcase Exhibition at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay in Sydney from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 May 2018. Forming part of Vivid Sydney, the world's biggest festival of light, music and ideas, this free to the public exhibition will bring together more than 300 award-winning and game-changing designs from 1958 to now. Entries for the 2018 Good Design Awards close at midnight, Monday 19 March 2018. Information on the awards is available and submissions are invited via Good Design Australia’s website: www.good-design.org - Ends - Notes to Editors: For further information, interviews and images please contact Rhiannon Broomfield at Articulate on 0410 596 021 or Rhiannon@articulatepr.com.au or Freya Lombardo at Articulate 0403 162 220 or Freya@articulatepr.com.au Press Pack including imagery can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8v7krirf5xeo9e7/AABbwSP4SXjHMRozAxzlexZoa?dl=0 Good Design Awards Key Dates: 19 March 2018 Entries Close – date extended 26–29 March 2018 Judging Week 12 April 2018 Good Design Award Winners Announced 17 May 2018 Good Design Awards Ceremony, Sydney Opera House 25 to 27 May 2018 Good Design Showcase, Overseas Passenger Terminal, Sydney About Good Design Australia and the Good Design Awards The annual Good Design Awards program is one of the oldest and most prestigious international design awards in the world, promoting excellence in design and innovation since 1958. It is recognised by the World Design Organization (WDO) as Australia’s peak international design endorsement program. The Good Design Award accolade, more commonly known as the Good Design Tick, is among the most respected and recognised international design endorsement symbols in the industry. Good Design Australia is an international design promotion organisation responsible for managing Australia’s annual Good Design Awards and other signature design events. With a proud history that dates back to 1958, Good Design Australia remains committed to promoting the importance of design to business, industry, government and the general public and the critical role it plays in creating a better, safer and more prosperous world. www.good-design.org New Heatstrip Intense outdoor electric heaters from Thermofilm 2018-03-07T21:45:00Z new-heatstrip-intense-outdoor-electric-heaters-from-thermofilm Why sit indoors when you can be cosy and warm outside on even the chilliest of evenings? Thanks to Thermofilm Australia’s brand new Heatstrip outdoor electric heater called Intense, any outdoor area can be enhanced through the addition of silent radiant heat by this new range of portable and fixed heaters. The new and upgraded heaters are ideal for any alfresco areas, spot-heating tables and lounges, restaurants and cafés, beer gardens, balconies and patios, any entertainment areas, smoking zones, workstations and any place people want to relax and enjoy the fresh air. Like all Heatstrip heaters, Intense heaters are also very energy efficient so they are economical to operate due to the special infra-red opaque carbon filament elements. This means there’s no intense glow, just comfortable warmth. The two models in the Intense range include a slimline, portable freestanding unit and a permanent wall or ceiling mounted unit, both corrosion protected and IPX5 rated to prevent water ingress. Suitable for residential and commercial/hospitality locations the key features include: A high-output 2200W heater with new instant heat-up carbon filament elements. Attractive, all-black unit with new hexagonal grill design. In-built wheels for easy portability and storage on the portable unit. An anodised alloy casing and end caps with powder-coated grill. The Intense Heatstrip outdoor heaters will heat an area of nine square metres (9m2) in a outdoor enclosed area or five square metres (5m2) for an exposed outdoor area. When used indoors they heat an area of 14 square metres (14m2). The permanent outdoor model has flexible mounting options with a standard bracket that allows both ceiling and wall mounting, at various angles, as well as suspension by chains or wires and metal rods. An optional flush-mount kit is also available. Because of its high heat output, it is perfect for areas with high ceilings and hard-to-heat indoor and outdoor spaces. The dimensions are 1070 x 120 x 95 mm. An added benefit is that Heatstrip Intense heaters are suitable for fully exposed installations such as courtyards and patios, even in coastal areas, as they don’t need to be fully protected from the elements. The portable model has easy DIY assembly and installation and simply plugs into a normal power point. A concealed power cable ensures its sleek appearance. The Heatstrip Intense THY2200 models come with a two-year residential and one-year commercial warranty. They are available from Bunnings, heating specialists and outdoor lifestyle stores. RRPs are: * Heatstrip Intense portable electric heater: $699 * Heatstrip Intense wall / ceiling mounted electric heater: $499 www.HEATSTRIP.com.au Ends About Thermofilm Australia: For 30 years Thermofilm Australia has designing and manufacturing innovative, stylish and energy efficient products for the residential, commercial and institutional markets both in Australia and around the world. The Thermofilm range includes the award-winning HEATSTRIP heaters, Bliss indoor and outdoor series, and Envirotouch energy saving timer switches. Thermofilm will continue to maintain its position as a market leader in heating products by listening to its customers and focusing on continuous improvement and innovative product development. Thermofilm has been awarded the "Manufacturer of the Year" by the Victorian Government Manufacturing Hall of Fame. Similarly, the HEATSTRIP® range was awarded the coveted Australian Business Award for Product Value. General enquiries to Tel: 03 9562 3455 and info@thermofilm.com.au www.thermofilm.com.au Media enquiries: Issued on behalf of Thermofilm Australia, 17 Johnston Court, Dandenong South VIC 3175 by WMC Public Relations Pty Ltd. Contact Wendy McWilliams on 03 9803 2588. or Greg Trezise, National Sales Manager, Thermofilm Australia. Tel: 03 9562 3455 (switch) or 0402 127 375. To request high res photos please send an email to Wendy McWilliams. Good Design Awards Unveils Renowned International Design Experts for 2018 Jury 2018-02-22T00:56:45Z good-design-awards-unveils-renowned-international-design-experts-for-2018-jury Sydney, Australia: Australia’s prestigious Good Design Awards today unveiled the jury of renowned international and Australian design experts who will decide the winners of the 60th annual Awards to be held on 17 May 2018 at Sydney Opera House. The Awards, Australia’s oldest and only international design awards will showcase the best of Australian and international design. The deadline to enter the Awards is midnight on Friday, 9 March 2018. For the first time ever, the Good Design Awards will be presented at the Sydney Opera House, making this the biggest and most celebrated design event in Australian history. Danish architect Jan Utzon, son of Jørn Utzon who designed the Sydney Opera House will be among special guest presenters at the Awards Ceremony in May. Previous winners of the Good Design Award of the Year include Australian designer Marc Newson for his Economy Class Seat for Qantas (2009); Hollywood Director, James Cameron for the Deepsea Challenger Submarine (2012); the revolutionary Tesla Model S Sedan (2015) and Flow Hive, a game-changing beehive design that produces honey with the turn of a handle (2016). The 2018 Good Design Awards Jury comprises leading international design experts including the legendary Hartmut Esslinger, Founder of global design firm frog design and one of the early pioneers of industrial design at Apple. Esslinger was one of the first industrial designers to work with Apple and Steve Jobs in the early 1990s. Esslinger joins an impressive list of design, engineering and architecture experts representing Atlassian, KPMG, Motorola, Australian Financial Review, Aurecon, Pentagram Design and HASSELL, and other industry leaders, who will spend several days evaluating and debating all entries based on three overarching design criteria including: Good Design, Design Innovation and Design Impact before deciding the winners of the 2018 Good Design Awards. The Good Design Awards 2018 jury list includes: Dr. Hartmut Esslinger, Founder, frog design Cheryl, Vanessa and Gabrielle Manning, Co-Founders, Manning Cartell Stefanie Kubanek, Associate Partner, Pentagram Design, Professor Margaret Petty, Executive Director Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Technology, Sydney Dr. Kourosh Kayvani, Managing Director, Design, Innovation and Eminence, Aurecon Stephen Todd, Design Editor, Australian Financial Review Sally Dominguez, Innovation Catalyst, Adventurous Thinking Group Vince Frost, CEO and Executive Creative Director, Frost* Collective Steve Coster, Managing Director, HASSELL Sally Hill, Managing Director, Wildwon Stephanie Pemberton, Associate Director, Design Thinking, KPMG Australia Bruce Claxton, Professor, Design Management, Savannah College Of Art And Design & former Head of Design, Motorola Georgina Safe, Fashion Writer & Editor Kim Hansen, CEO, Impossible Kasia Wydrowski, Creative Director, K&Co Jo Pretyman, Founder, I-Manifest Dr. Oya Demirbilek, Associate Professor, Industrial Design, UNSW Chris Vanstone, Chief Innovation Officer, The Australian Centre For Social Innovation (TACSI) Terri Winter, Founder and Curator, Top3 By Design Paul Beranger, Automotive Designer Cathy Veninga, CEO, The Designers Institute Of New Zealand Dr. Steve Winnall, Product Development Manager, Baraja Lindy Johnson, Founder & CEO, Lindy Johnson Ian Muir, Managing Director, IDM Design Labs Timothy Horton, Registrar, NSW Architects Registration Board Luciano Papi, Managing Director, Lu Papi And Associates Tim Riches, Group Strategy Director, Principals Lester Miller, Principal And Head Of Mechanical Engineering, IP Solved Ben Crothers, Design Educator, Atlassian Dr. Brandon Gien, CEO, Good Design Australia said, “In our 60th year, the Good Design Awards are privileged to have a remarkable jury of thought-leaders, industry heavyweights and pioneers who are all exceptional in their respective fields. The Jury will be tasked with debating what makes ‘good design’ and which projects will go on to receive the coveted Good Design Award, Good Design Award Best in Class and the prestigious Good Design Award of the Year for 2018.” The Jury will be tasked with debating what makes ‘good design’ and which projects will go on to receive the coveted Good Design Award, Good Design Award Best in Class and the prestigious Good Design Award of the Year for 2018.” pioneers who are all exceptional in their respective fields “2018 is a very important year for Australian design. It marks how far Australia as a nation and a society has come since post-war 1958 when the Industrial Design Council was first created.” “Good Design Australia is launching a number of exciting initiatives to help position design and design-led innovation on the national agenda. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to promote the importance of design in driving better outcomes for the future prosperity of our world.” The Good Design Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of designers across 10 Design Disciplines spanning more than 30 Categories: from the best new products and services on the Australian market; excellence in architectural design; digital and communication design and emerging areas of design including business model innovation, social innovation and design entrepreneurship. As part of the 60th Anniversary year, a number of new awards and initiatives have been launched including new categories for Fashion Design and Engineering Design and new accolades to celebrate the expanding role of design in helping shape a better, safer and more prosperous world. These include the Better World Award, Good Design Team of the Year Award and an Indigenous Designer Award, created to recognise and celebrate the important contribution that Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander designers make to Australian design across the spectrum of design disciplines and practice. The annual Good Design Awards program is one of the oldest and most prestigious international design awards in the world, promoting excellence in design and innovation since 1958. It isrecognised by the World Design Organization (WDO) as Australia’s peak international design endorsement program. The Good Design Award accolade, more commonly known as the Good Design Tick, is among the most respected and recognised international design endorsement symbols in the industry. Alongside the Awards, and celebrating enduring quality design over the past 60 years, is an unprecedented three-day Good Design Showcase Exhibition at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay in Sydney from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 May 2018. Forming part of Vivid Sydney, the world's biggest festival of light, music and ideas, this free to the public exhibition will bring together more than 300 award-winning and game-changing designs from 1958 to now. Entries for the 2018 Good Design Awards close at midnight, Friday 9 March 2018. Information on the awards is available and submissions are invited via Good Design Australia’s website: www.good-design.org - Ends - Notes to Editors: For further information, interviews and images please contact Rhiannon Broomfield at Articulate on 0410 596 021 or Rhiannon@articulatepr.com.au or Freya Lombardo at Articulate 0403 162 220 or Freya@articulatepr.com.au Press Pack including imagery can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/j3r2tnmlzklxmak/AAARpv6RX0iPffxoEtYEclXSa?dl=0 Jury Biographies can be found on Good Design Australia’s website: https://www.good-design.org/good-design-awards/judges/ Good Design Awards Key Dates: 9 March 2018 Entries Close 26–29 March 2018 Judging Week 12 April 2018 Good Design Award Winners Announced 17 May 2018 Good Design Awards Ceremony, Sydney Opera House 25 to 27 May 2018 Good Design Showcase, Overseas Passenger Terminal, Sydney About Good Design Australia and the Good Design Awards Good Design Australia is an international design promotionorganisation responsible for managing Australia’s annual Good Design Awards and other signature design events. With a proud history that dates back to 1958, Good Design Australia remains committed to promoting the importance of design to business, industry, government and the general public and the critical role it plays in creating a better, safer and more prosperous world. www.good-design.org National apartment statistics: Two-bedroom apartments most attractive to Aussie buyers 2017-12-17T18:00:00Z national-apartment-statistics-two-bedroom-apartments-most-attractive-to-aussie-buyers Property consultants Urbis surveyed 37% of brand new and off the plan apartments across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and the Gold Coast in the September 2017 quarter, recording a total of 1,241 sales. This is a 35% decrease in sales from the previous July quarter which recorded a spike in sales, though similar to the March 2017 quarter (38% of market surveyed), which recorded a total of 1,360 sales. Of the surveyed apartments nationally, 75% are now sold. Urbis monitored over 100,000 actively selling apartments across 704 developments nationally, of which 69% are currently under construction or built. Despite the sales slowdown, the number of available apartments remaining to sell is at the lowest level in years. National Director of Property Economics and Research, Clinton Ostwald, said, “At the end of the quarter, only 9,827 surveyed apartments remained available for sale, compared to 12,548 apartments at the same time last year. Fewer new apartments are launching to the market, leading to fewer sales, however the existing product is still selling though at a slightly slower rate.” PRODUCT Two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments were the most popular selling product, accounting for 47% of total sales, compared to 39% in the previous quarter. One-bedroom, one-car park apartments were the next most popular product type making up 23% of total sales. Three-bedroom plus product recorded 13% of total sales, the same rate as the previous quarter. Looking at projects currently under construction, an average of 55% of future supply across the country is made up of two-bedroom apartments, while one-bedroom apartments make up 32%, with the remainder being three-bedroom plus units and studios. PRICE Across Australia, the weighted average sale price decreased by $36,672. This decrease was only felt across Brisbane and Perth, which impacted the overall price as surveyed sales in these cities made up 46% of the sample. Mr Ostwald said, “The number of apartments on the market which had recently been completed had an impact on price, as developers, particularly in Brisbane and Perth, were keen to move existing product. “Across the country quality apartments in highly sought-after locations are selling first, quickly achieving their presale targets.” In Perth, 44 per cent of actively selling apartments are now built. Similarly, in Brisbane 35 per cent of projects have completed. In Sydney and Melbourne, respectively, only 14% and 10% of actively selling apartments are built. Nationally, the weighted average sale price for a built apartment was $657,000, for an apartment under construction $788,000, and for an apartment in presales $914,000. FUTURE SUPPLY Sixty-nine developments yielding over 11,000 units settled in the quarter, the majority of these being in Brisbane (31%), Melbourne (33%) and Sydney (31%). Additionally, nineteen projects yielding just under 2,000 apartments sold out in the quarter. Twenty-nine projects yielding over 4,000 apartments launched nationally in the quarter, compared to 56 projects yielding over 6,000 apartments in the same period last year. As well as a slowdown in project launches, only 7,047 apartments were approved, the lowest number of approvals since the beginning of 2014. Mr Ostwald noted, “The slowdown in supply along with demand was a positive sign for the apartment market.” “In 2018, over 44,000 apartments are expected to settle across all five cities, including approximately 10% of which belong to already sold out developments. The skyline and the way we live in Australia is changing, however the pace is currently maintainable. Currently there are approximately 131,000 apartments in development application and approval across the five cities and new development approvals are slowing down. “Of course, not all of these will come to the market, and the level of demand will regulate what does sell and is eventually built. “In Q3, each state had their own story to tell about market conditions, however the united message was one of stability. “In Brisbane, fewer launches, combined with competition from built product that hasn’t been able to settle suggests we won’t be seeing sales numbers increasing, but rather maintain at the current pace. Elsewhere in Queensland, with the festive season and the lead up to the Commonwealth Games, The Gold Coast is quite active for property developers. “In Sydney, owner occupiers and local state investors made up 86% of total transactions this quarter, so we can see that in current conditions the market is very much a local one. The Melbourne market is still very much in presales, and almost 50% of active selling projects in Inner Melbourne have not yet commenced construction. While in Perth, we are seeing sentiment improve about the economy and property market, and we expect to see population growth levels improve, leading to more demand.” said Mr Ostwald. Urbis Apartment Essentials Q3 2017 snapshot: 1,241 sales were recorded in the September 2017 quarter across: Sydney (381 sales, 19% of market surveyed, market size 41,844 units) Melbourne (291 sales: Inner Melbourne 131 sales, 22% of market surveyed, market size 32,636 units – a further 160 sales were recorded in the middle-ring) Brisbane (300 sales, 62% of market surveyed, market size 18,441 units) Perth (276 sales, 88% of market surveyed, market size 10,681 units) Gold Coast (153 sales, 83% of market surveyed, market size 4,519 units) Weighted average sale price recorded at $822,570, a national decrease of $37,000. Sydney - $1,205,774 - $47,000 increase Inner Melbourne - $737,473 - $82,000 increase Brisbane - $644,667 - $81,000 decrease Perth - $608,424 - $53,000 decrease Gold Coast - $676,307 - $48,000 increase The most popular product type was two-bedroom, two-bathroom product at 47% of total sales. Across the cities the highest selling product types were: Sydney – Two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments - 32%. Inner Melbourne – Two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments - 27%. Brisbane – Two-bedroom, two-bathroom – 50% Perth – Two-bedroom, two-bathroom – 60% Gold Coast – Two-bedroom, two-bathroom – 69% 31% of actively selling apartments are in presales, 49% are under construction and 20% are recently built. ENDS For media enquiries contact: Rebecca Parry, DEC PR Ph: 02 8014 5033 E: urbis@decpr.com.au About Urbis Urbis is a market-leading firm with the goal of shaping the cities and communities of Australia for a better future. Drawing together a network of the brightest minds, Urbis consists of practice experts, working collaboratively to deliver fresh thinking and independent advice and guidance – all backed up by real, evidence-based solutions. Working across the areas of planning, design, policy, heritage, valuations, transactions, economics and research, the expert team at Urbis connect their clients in the public and private sectors to a better outcome, every time. New Perth Apartment Statistics: Perth apartment market continues to see demand 2017-12-13T18:02:00Z new-perth-apartment-statistics-perth-apartment-market-continues-to-see-demand Despite sluggish activity for Perth real estate, the new apartment market continued to show resilience with 267 sales totalling almost $170 million in value. Urbis Apartment Essentials report for Q3 2017 found that the Perth real estate market was starting to recover with 624 apartment sales in the second half of the year compared to 511 sales in the first half of the year. September 2017 quarter sales were evenly spread across Inner, Fringe and Western Suburbs precincts, however the top two selling projects were both Finbar developments, with the successful launch of Reva in South Perth and Vue Tower in East Perth. Across Perth, the weighted average sale price was $608,424, this was lower than the previous quarter which reflected the more diverse sales, as opposed to the previous quarter which saw a high focus of sales in the Western Suburbs. Sales in other areas (areas outside of the eight defined Urbis precincts and generally more suburban areas) saw an increase in activity for the quarter with 48 apartments sold for the quarter. In the first half of 2017 activity in these areas fell right back (44 sales) but it picked up again in the second half of the year (93 sales). An issue for projects looking to achieve pre-sales continues to be competition from recently completed projects with 38% of total sales in recently built apartments, and a further 30% were in developments which had commenced construction. Urbis Director of Property Economics and Research, David Cresp, said, “Our research shows pre-sales are continuing to support new projects, with almost 60% of all apartments currently under construction having been sold off the plan.” There were only three developments yielding 163 new apartments launching to the market this quarter. However, there are a number of projects sitting on the sideline with 20 projects yielding 1,578 apartments looking to launch over the next 12 months. This is attesting the regained confidence in the Perth apartment market. Included in the launches are projects such as Wright Street Apartments and Eden apartments, which launched in Q4 and are already seeing strong sales. Mr Cresp said, “Apartment over supply was not an issue for the Perth market. Apartments accounted for only 17% of all dwelling approvals according to ABS data for the YTD August 2017. Minute in comparison to Sydney, where 54% of approvals were apartments. As to who these apartments are aimed for, according to Urbis research 53% of sales were to owner-occupiers this quarter, and a further 25% were to local state investors.” The outlook for apartments in Perth was positive, with sentiment improving about the economy and property market in general for 2018. “We expect to see population growth levels improve, leading to more demand. While we are seeing lower levels of apartment completions forecast in 2018, which will allow the market the breathing space it needs to sell any excess apartments. Overall, I feel the Perth apartment market is sitting comfortably.” concluded Mr Cresp. Urbis Perth Apartment Essentials Q3 2017 Snapshot The Perth Apartment Essentials Report found: 276 sales were recorded in the September 2017 quarter. The Inner City precinct recorded the majority of sales at 52 sales, followed by the Other precinct (48 sales), Fringe-East (36 sales), Western suburbs (36 sales), Fringe-South (35 sales), Fringe-North West (30 sales), Southern (16 sales), Southern-Coastal (14 sales) and Outer Southern (9 sales) The weighted average sales price for the September 2017 quarter was $608,424. Two-bedroom two-bathroom product made up the majority of sales at 60% of total sales. One-bedroom, one-bathroom product made up 24% of total sales compared to 29% in the previous quarter. Owner occupier sales dominated the market with 53% of transactions, up slightly from 50% in the previous quarter. ENDS For media enquiries contact: For media enquiries contact: Rebecca Parry, DEC PR Ph: 02 80145033 E: urbis@decpr.com.au About Urbis Urbis is a market-leading firm with the goal of shaping the cities and communities of Australia for a better future. Drawing together a network of the brightest minds, Urbis consists of practice experts, working collaboratively to deliver fresh thinking and independent advice and guidance – all backed up by real, evidence-based solutions. Working across the areas of planning, design, policy, heritage, valuations, transactions, economics and research, the expert team at Urbis connect their clients in the public and private sectors to a better outcome, every time. New Brisbane Apartment Statistics: Inner Brisbane skyline lights up as apartments settle 2017-12-13T18:01:00Z new-brisbane-apartment-statistics-inner-brisbane-skyline-lights-up-as-apartments-settle The Brisbane new apartment market recorded 300 sales in the September 2017 quarter, in line with the previous two quarters’ results of 302 and 311 sales, according to new research by leading property consultants, Urbis. After last quarter’s record high weighted average sale price, this quarter the weighted average sale price decreased by $80,896, registering $644,667. This decrease was driven by a higher proportion of one and two-bedroom apartments transacting across Inner Brisbane, compared to more premium price-pointed stock selling in the previous quarter. At a product level, most product types registered a weighted average sale price decrease from the previous quarter. At a precinct level, the CBD and Inner South precincts were the only two precincts to register a weighted average sale price decrease. Looking at future supply, there were only 672 new apartments which reached development approval status in the quarter, the lowest number recorded in the Urbis Apartment Essentials. Paul Riga, Director Property Economics and Research, said, “Between 2014 and 2016, it was normal to see over 2,000 units reach approval status per quarter, and at the height of the cycle in 2014 and 2015, this number peaked at over 5,000 apartments. “We are now in the settlement phase of the cycle, and lower levels of new apartment demand are fast driving a slow-down in the addition of any further future supply.” There were 3,382 apartments across Inner Brisbane which commenced settlement this quarter, with over 50% of these in the Inner North precinct. Mr Riga noted that of these 3,382 apartments, 47 per cent belonged to sold out projects, with surveyed projects under construction indicating that 13 per cent of product remained unsold. Looking at the bigger picture, in 2016, over 7,000 apartments reached settlement, whereas in 2017 close to 6,700 apartments are expected to settle. A number of projects saw slippage in the estimated completion period, with 2018 now expecting to see a further 7,100 apartments reach settlement. “We are really starting to notice a change in how we live in Brisbane, the cranes are coming down and more and more lights are turning on, and the effect of these new residents is continuing to re-generate both new and established precincts.” said Mr Riga. The traditional two-bedroom two-bathroom apartment market made up the majority of sales this quarter, with 50 per cent of total sales, similar to the 51 per cent achieved in the previous quarter. The level of one-bedroom and three-bedroom-plus sales was also similar to the previous quarter. “What our research is telling us is that even in current market conditions apartments are still selling. Established local developers with a reputation for quality product and strong networks are achieving great results. For the rest of the market, it is certainly harder than it was 18 months ago but sales continue to tick over quarter after quarter. The coming quarters will continue to see limited new project launches, with only a handful mooted to launch over the next six months. “The lack of new launches, combined with competition from built product that hasn’t been able to settle, suggests we’ll see sales numbers maintain at the current pace.” said Mr Riga. Urbis Brisbane Apartment Essentials Q3 2017 Snapshot The Brisbane Apartment Essentials Report found: 300 sales were recorded in the September 2017 quarter, a slight decrease of 3% in sales from the previous quarter which recorded 311 sales. The weighted average sales price for the September 2017 quarter was $644,667, a $80,896 decrease compared to the record June 2017 quarter. This is the lowest weighted average sale price recorded in 2017. The decrease was driven by entry level one and two bedroom apartments transacting across Inner Brisbane, compared to more premium stock in the previous quarter. Sales by product type did not change much from the previous quarter. Two-bedroom two-bathroom product made up the majority of sales at 50% of total sales, similiar to 51% in the previous quarter. Three-bedroom plus product made up only 11% of sales, and one-bedroom product made up 31% of total sales. Only two new projects yielding 342 apartments launched this quarter, compared to five new projects yielding 744 apartments in the previous quarter. Interstate investor buyers dominated the market with 35% of transactions, followed by foreign investor buyers with 28% of transactions. Owner occupier buyers made up 21% of purchases. The Inner East had the highest percentage of Interstate Investor sales, driven by the launch of a new project. ENDS For media enquiries contact: Rebecca Parry, DEC PR Ph: 02 8014 5033 E: urbis@decpr.com.au About Urbis Urbis is a market-leading firm with the goal of shaping the cities and communities of Australia for a better future. Drawing together a network of the brightest minds, Urbis consists of practice experts, working collaboratively to deliver fresh thinking and independent advice and guidance – all backed up by real, evidence-based solutions.Working across the areas of planning, design, policy, heritage, valuations, transactions, economics and research, the expert team at Urbis connect their clients in the public and private sectors to a better outcome, every time. New VIC Apartment Statistics: Flood fears pass as Melbourne apartment pipeline dries up 2017-12-13T18:00:00Z new-vic-apartment-statistics-flood-fears-pass-as-melbourne-apartment-pipeline-dries-up Urbis’ Apartment Essentials report for the September quarter 2017 reveals that while most of the current inventory is progressing well to construction, the pace and volume of new supply is slowing down. As prices hold and even increase, policy makers are left to ponder what will happen if future supply volume continues to fall back. Urbis’ assessment of Melbourne’s off the plan apartment market is based on sales from 49 off the plan projects in the September 2017 quarter comprising a total dwelling stock of 10,350 apartments, as well as monitoring the status of almost 400 projects. Of the 291 sales recorded, 45% were in the Inner Melbourne area, while 55% were recorded in Melbourne’s middle ring. As predicted, there was a drop in sales activity in this quarter for two key reasons: Firstly, a greater share of projects have now sold the majority of their stock - Of the 49 surveyed projects across Inner and Middle Melbourne, 71% of projects have sold more than 70% of their available product. Of these, four projects yielding 291 apartments sold out their last remaining stock in the September 2017 quarter. Secondly, as we predicted earlier in the year, some activity was brought forward to the June quarter to beat the stamp duty changes coming into effect on July 1, with the anticipated softening of investor activity in the September quarter. Given the changing conditions there were fewer projects brought to market. Five new projects amounting to 1,119 apartments launched in Inner Melbourne this quarter, compared to nine new projects amounting to 1,700 units in the previous quarter. While less than 50% of active projects had commenced construction at the close of the quarter, those that are well progressed through presales will soon move to boost construction volumes in the short to medium term. However, this looks to be offset by a diminishing supply pipeline from both a project launch and a development approval perspective. In Inner Melbourne, Urbis assessed 131 sales from 32 projects in the quarter. After a surge in one-bedroom apartments in the June quarter, the market preference for two-bedroom two-bathroom apartments returned, boosting the weighted average sale price by $82,000 to $737,000 in this quarter. Some product differences were apparent across different precincts, with one-bedroom apartments the most popular product in the Central and Inner West Precincts, two-bedroom one-bathroom apartments in the Inner North Precinct and two-bedroom two-bathroom apartments in the Inner East and Inner South. In Inner Melbourne at a product level, prices remained similar to the previous quarter, however several expensive premium product sales helped to lift the overall weighted average sale price. Three of the six Inner Melbourne precincts, the Central, Inner North and Inner West, registered a weighted average sale price increase in the quarter. Combined, these three precincts made up 73% of total Inner Melbourne sales – which further helped boost the overall weighted average sale price. In Melbourne’s middle-ring, the weighted average sale price remained consistent with the previous quarter at $582,000. Two-bedroom, two-bathroom product was also the most popular choice in the middle-ring, accounting for 51% of total sales. Urbis Melbourne Apartment Essentials Q3 2017 Snapshot The Melbourne Apartment Essentials Report found: Urbis assessed 49 off the plan projects comprising a total dwelling stock of 10,350 apartments By the end of the quarter 71% of projects had sold more than 70% of stock Urbis recorded 291 off the plan sales in the September 2017 quarter. Of these, 45% were in the Inner Melbourne area, while 55% were recorded in Melbourne’s middle ring. Once again, the majority of sales were in the middle ring. Within Inner Melbourne, 33% of sales were recorded in the Central Precinct, followed by the Inner North (28% sales), Inner East (24% of sales), Inner West (11% sales) and Inner South (4% sales). The weighted average sales price for the September 2017 quarter was $737,000 for the Inner Melbourne precincts, a $82,000 increase compared to the June 2017 quarter. This increase was driven by more two-bedroom apartments transacting and premium product sales helping to lift the overall weighted average sale price. Two-bedroom, two-bathroom product accounted for 40% of total sales across Inner and Middle Melbourne, and 27% of total sales in Inner Melbourne. One-bedroom apartments across Inner and Middle Melbourne accounted for 37% of total sales, and were split evenly between those with and those without a car park. In Melbourne’s middle-ring, the weighted average sale price remained steady, decreasing by $1,390 to sit at $582,391. Five new projects amounting to 1,119 apartments launched in Inner Melbourne this quarter, compared to nine new projects amounting to 1,700 units in the previous quarter. Only one new development yielding 261 apartments is expected to launch in the last quarter of 2017, with a steadier flow of project releases anticipated in 2018. ENDS For media enquiries contact: Rebecca Parry, DEC PR Ph: 02 8014 5033 E: urbis@decpr.com.au About Urbis Urbis is a market-leading firm with the goal of shaping the cities and communities of Australia for a better future. Drawing together a network of the brightest minds, Urbis consists of practice experts, working collaboratively to deliver fresh thinking and independent advice and guidance – all backed up by real, evidence-based solutions. Working across the areas of planning, design, policy, heritage, valuations, transactions, economics and research, the expert team at Urbis connect their clients in the public and private sectors to a better outcome, every time. New Gold Coast Apartment Statistics: Sold signs aplenty, but fewer new projects on the Gold Coast 2017-12-13T18:00:00Z new-gold-coast-apartment-statistics-sold-signs-aplenty-but-fewer-new-projects-on-the-gold-coast The Gold Coast new apartment market recorded 153 unconditional sales in the September 2017 quarter, according to the latest research by property consultants Urbis. Though a decline on the previous quarter’s sales, fewer active projects were selling. Only 46 new apartment developments were monitored during September quarter, compared to 62 at the same time last year. The Gold Coast weighted average sale price across the four precincts increased by $48,381, to register $676,307 in Q3 2017. This is the highest recorded average price since 2014. This increase was driven by more expensive two-bedroom apartment transactions. The weighted average sale price of this product increased by over $100,000 this quarter. This product price increase was most significant in the Gold Coast Central Precinct, which had a higher level of beach front developments selling. At a precinct level, the Coastal Fringe Precinct registered the greatest increase in weighted average sale price, rising by $123,182 in Q3 2017. However, it was still the most affordable precinct with a weighted average sale price of $592,241. The Southern Beaches Precinct registered a $226,471 decrease in weighted average sale price this quarter, as a new project launch brought affordable stock to the traditionally more high-end apartment market. Given that 63 per cent of sales in the quarter were owner occupier sales, there was a lean towards multi-bedroom apartments. Two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments made up 69 per cent of total Gold Coast sales this quarter. Three-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments were the next highest selling product type making up 17 per cent of total sales. Urbis Senior Consultant, Lynda Campbell, said, “The Gold Coast apartment market’s level of supply remained stable, with 1,170 apartments for sale at the end of September, lower than the two year quarterly average of 1,325. Additionally, to date 15 projects have sold out during 2017. Only three projects yielding 298 apartments launched on the Gold Coast this quarter, further contributing to fewer sales.” The December 2017 quarter is expected to record an increase in sales with several pending projects launching to the market. “New developments which launched in October and November on the Gold Coast have already achieved strong presales. I expect to see the number of sales increase next quarter, with the festive season and the lead up to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games being quite active for property developers.” said Ms Campbell. Urbis Gold Coast Apartment Essentials Q3 2017 snapshot: 153 sales recorded in the September 2017 quarter, with 69 per cent of sales being two-bedroom, two-bathroom product. Weighted average sale price recorded at $676,307, an increase of $48,381, and the highest recorded price since 2014. The Gold Coast Central Precinct recorded the highest quarterly sales rate across the four Gold Coast precincts, with 61 sales during the September 2017 quarter, accounting for 40 per cent of total sales. The Coastal Fringe Precinct recorded 58 sales during the September 2017 quarter, followed by Southern Beaches (34). Supply remains stable with 1,170 apartments for sale at end of September, lower than the two year average of 1,325. *Coastal Fringe suburbs include Arundel, Parkwood, Molendinar, Ashmore, Benowa, Bundall, Carrara, Robina, Clear Island Waters, Merrimac and Varsity Lakes. *North Shore suburbs include Biggera Waters, Coombabah, Helensvale, Hollywell, Hope Island, Paradise Point and Runaway Bay. *Gold Coast Central suburbs include Labrador, Southport, Main Beach, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach and Broadbeach Waters. *Southern Beaches suburbs include Bilinga, Burleigh Heads, Burleigh Waters, Casuarina, Coolangatta, Currumbin, Kingscliff, Kirra, Mermaid Beach, Mermaid Waters, Miami, Palm Beach, Tugun and Tweed Heads. ENDS For media enquiries contact: Rebecca Parry, DEC PR Ph: 02 8014 5033 E: urbis@decpr.com.au About Urbis Urbis is a market-leading firm with the goal of shaping the cities and communities of Australia for a better future. Drawing together a network of the brightest minds, Urbis consists of practice experts, working collaboratively to deliver fresh thinking and independent advice and guidance – all backed up by real, evidence-based solutions. Working across the areas of planning, design, policy, heritage, valuations, transactions, economics and research, the expert team at Urbis connect their clients in the public and private sectors to a better outcome, every time. New Apartment Statistics: Room for growth in Sydney new apartment market 2017-12-13T18:00:00Z new-apartment-statistics-room-for-growth-in-sydney-new-apartment-market Sydney’s new apartment market recorded 381 sales from a sample of 19% of the market in the September 2017 quarter, according to new research released today by leading property consultants, Urbis. The Inner West Precinct recorded the majority of sales at 27% of total sales in the quarter, closely followed by the Eastern Suburbs (24%) and Parramatta (16%). Though fewer sales were recorded with 81% of surveyed apartments now sold, the weighted average sale price increased by $46,677 over the previous quarter, reaching $1,205,774. At a product level, the weighted average sale price decreased across one-bedroom, one-car and two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments, despite these being the two best-selling product types. However, with 18 of the 30 surveyed projects registering a total weighted average sale price of over $1 million, including the top two selling developments, the overall increase makes sense. Urbis Associate Director of Property Economics and Research, Alex Stuart, said, “Two-bedroom, two-bathroom product was back in the top selling position this quarter, however at only 32% of total sales the popularity of this product type differs from other markets. “The Gold Coast, Brisbane and Perth markets generally sit between 50% and 60% for the proportion of two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments sold. However, in Sydney and Melbourne where it is a lot harder to get a foot on the property ladder, this is a lot more spread across other, mostly smaller, product types.” One bedroom, one car apartments were the next best seller making up 24% of sales. Sixteen projects containing 2,157 apartments launched in the quarter, compared to thirteen projects containing 3,232 apartments in the previous quarter. Looking ahead, there are 12 projects containing 3,902 new apartments which are expected to launch in the next 6 months. Apartment approvals dropped to 2,433 apartments in the Q3 2017, the lowest number of approvals since mid-2014. However, with only approximately 27,000 apartments currently in development approval and application status, there is still plenty of room for growth. Mr Stuart noted, “The Sydney apartment market has fewer apartments in future supply compared to the much smaller Brisbane apartment market. In Sydney, developments are coming to the market at a much quicker rate than the rest of the nation, and if developers are able to source affordable land, there is opportunity to make a profit.” “Looking at sales and supply levels, apartments in Sydney are still attractive to buyers and developers. Owner occupiers and local investors made up 86% of total transactions this quarter, so we can see that in current conditions the market is very much a local one. The challenge is keeping these apartments attractive and affordable for both developers and buyers.” concluded Mr Stuart. Urbis Sydney Apartment Essentials Q3 2017 Snapshot The Sydney Apartment Essentials Report found: 381 sales, from a sample of 30 surveys, were recorded in the September 2017 quarter. The Inner West Precinct recorded 27% of total sales, followed by Eastern Suburbs (24%) and Parramatta (16%). The weighted average sales price for the September 2017 quarter was $1,205,774 an increase of $46,677 over the previous quarter, and the highest weighted average sale price recorded for the Sydney Apartment Essentials. Two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments were the most popular product type, making up 32% of total sales. One-bedroom, one-car apartments made up 24% of total transactions. NSW investor sales were once again the most popular transaction, accounting for 51% of total sales. Owner occupier sales accounted for 35% of sales. There were sixteen new apartment launches this quarter, equating to 2,157 apartments. ENDS For media enquiries contact: Rebecca Parry, DEC PR Ph: 02 8014 5033 E: urbis@decpr.com.au About Urbis Urbis is a market-leading firm with the goal of shaping the cities and communities of Australia for a better future. Drawing together a network of the brightest minds, Urbis consists of practice experts, working collaboratively to deliver fresh thinking and independent advice and guidance – all backed up by real, evidence-based solutions. Working across the areas of planning, design, policy, heritage, valuations, transactions, economics and research, the expert team at Urbis connect their clients in the public and private sectors to a better outcome, every time. BAYSIDE BUILDER ‘LOWE DESIGN & BUILD’ INTRODUCES THE LOWE FOUNDATION AND CELEBRATES OVER 30 YEARS OF PHILANTHROPY WITH GALA EVENING. 2017-12-06T04:07:57Z bayside-builder-lowe-design-build-introduces-the-lowe-foundation-and-celebrates-over-30-years-of-philanthropy-with-gala-evening p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000; min-height: 14.0px} p.p3 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000; min-height: 11.0px} p.p4 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} li.li1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} span.s2 {text-decoration: underline ; font-kerning: none; color: #0000ff; -webkit-text-stroke: 0px #0000ff} span.s3 {font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'} span.s4 {font: 10.0px Arial; text-decoration: underline ; font-kerning: none; color: #0000ff; -webkit-text-stroke: 0px #0000ff} span.s5 {text-decoration: underline ; font-kerning: none} ul.ul1 {list-style-type: disc} Melbourne - 6 November, 2017. Last Saturday evening, Bayside construction company Lowe Design & Build held the launch of the Lowe Foundation, celebrating more than 30 years of commitment to community well-being. The event was marked with a gala event at Woodlands Golf Club and hosted by Directors Mr. Brian Lowe and Mr. Matt Lowe. Guest speakers were Jake Edwards, former AFL player and Founder of ‘Outside the Locker Room’ (OTLR, www.outsidethelockerroom.com.au) as well as Michael Weiser and Sandi Sieger, Program Directors of Camp Awakenings (www.campawakenings.com.au). In his speech, Mr. Edwards commented, “It is with immense gratitude I thank Lowe Design & Build for all the time and financial support they generously give to Outside the Locker Room. With their help, we have had 935 young participants through our Welfare & Education Program within the Victorian South East region”. The event was a success with over 100 people in attendance which reinstated the strong connection between Lowe Design & Build and the community, in particular, their two flagship charities OTLR and Camp Awakenings. Camp Awakenings provides Year 9 participants with the opportunity to develop and harness methods and skills to counter the challenges faced by today's youth. Camp Awakening's Program director Michael Weiser echoed thanks of support from the Lowe Foundation. The sizeable turnout was also a display of the support and gleaming reputation this Bayside builder has upheld within the community over the last generation. “We are a company who has always been dedicated to excellence and giving back to the community and being involved is part of what we do.” stated Founder and Director Brian Lowe. “We are proud to introduce the Lowe Foundation and look forward to continuing this commitment to our community.” The Lowe Foundation currently supports the following programs many of which focus on youth development, mental and physical well-being and cancer research: Outside The Locker Room of which Matt Lowe is a board member Camp Awakenings Family Life Charity Organisation Mordialloc Lifesaving Club Edithvale Fire Brigade (what capacity?) Pink Ribbon Foundation Major sponsor of the Chelsea Rotary & Artshow Isabella and Marcus Foundation Lowe Design & Build was established in 1984 by Brian Lowe. It was at this time Brian thought it equally important to be an active and involved local community member and so signed up to the Chelsea Rotary Club. In 2011 Kingston City Council awarded Brian Lowe with the Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award for his service to the community and for setting up a trust fund through the construction business that raised over $1,000,000 to fund various local schools, facilities and programs. Since 2000, Brian has been co-director of the business with his son Matt. This outstanding father son duo has delivered exceptional homes and townhouse projects within the bayside corridor whilst still ensuring the company culture of community support and involvement was always upheld. Matt Lowe commented, “We have been part of the Bayside community for over 30 years, not only through our personal involvement but also through the work we do. We service our bayside clientele by delivering an exceptional design and build package and enjoy receiving their positive testimonials. So it is with this gratitude that we feel and want to give back to the community. Seeing the positive impact and difference these programs, we support, make to the youth and program participants is absolutely rewarding.” About Lowe Design & Build. Lowe Design & Build Pty. Ltd. is one of Melbourne Bayside’s most sought after custom builders. Established in 1984, it proudly stands as an Australian family owned and run construction company consisting of between 30-40 employees and prides itself on giving back to the community. Evolving from it’s humanitarian culture, the Company established the Lowe Foundation, donating both time and funds to worthwhile charitable entities. Lowe Design & Build is one of Melbourne’s most trusted builders, with a vast network of long term industry connections and together, they provide a complete and tailored design and build service to their clients. www.lowedesignandbuild.com.au For interview enquiries or further information please contact: Sandra Coia at SL Media e: sandra@slmedia.com.au p: 0418176375 ALLARD SHELTON APPOINTS JOHN MASCARO AS ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR 2017-09-18T18:53:44Z allard-shelton-appoints-john-mascaro-as-associate-director p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000; min-height: 14.0px} p.p3 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; font: 12.0px Arial; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} p.p4 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000; min-height: 12.0px} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 19th September 2017 Melbourne 19th September 2017 - Senior property manager John Mascaro has recently been appointed as Associate Director of Allard Shelton. This new role will see John bring a breadth of experience and knowledge to the company as well as good governance; mentoring the existing property management team, all of who currently enjoy continued success under his expert guidance. His property career has seen the last 5 years within Allard Shelton as senior property manager, where his knowledge and experience has positioned Allard Shelton at the forefront of the property management arena. His thorough knowledge of commercial asset legislation together with his strong negotiation skills, attention to detail and commitment to the industry is of great benefit to all his clients. “John’s outstanding leadership qualities and expertise all contribute to the consistent delivery of excellent service, and ultimately his continued success. We are privileged to have such a great force as part of our team,” stated Director Patrick Barnes. John commenced his property career in 1998 working with city fringe agencies and has enjoyed a career spanning across all sectors of the property market including residential, retail and commercial. He has also worked with a wide range of clientele from institutional organisations to private investors, managing a vast calibre of properties throughout Melbourne.