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Guidelines for Knox Design and Development Excellence Awards 2021

The award categories and judging criteria are, in part, aligned to the preferred housing typologies within the areas defined in the Knox Housing Strategy. The Strategy designates areas as either Bush Suburban, Local Living, Knox Neighbourhood or Activity Area and sets out the preferred types of housing (detached dwellings, dual occupancies, villa units, townhouses and/or apartments) for each area.

The Strategy is complemented by the Knox Residential Guidelines, which provide detailed guidance for the different residential areas and types of housing described in the Strategy. The Guidelines seek to improve the quality, design, sustainability and accessibility of residential development.

Awards will be presented to the Designer of the winning projects.

Judging criteria

In relation to residential developments, refer to page 19 in the Knox Housing Strategy for the Residential Policy Map to locate the property you are nominating, the residential type area classification and the preferred housing type and design guidelines for each area.

Bush Suburban - Residential

Preferred housing type - detached dwelling, dual occupancy (where minimum subdivision size requirements can be met).

Judging criteria:

  • Is consistent with the Knox Housing Strategy and Residential Design Guidelines for Bush Suburban areas.
  • Exhibits design excellence and functionality in relation to dwellings, outdoor spaces and garden areas.
  • Demonstrates environmentally sensitive design and development principles.
  • Contributes to the protection and enhancement of environmental and biological values, including significant indigenous and native vegetation.
  • Enhances the Bush Suburban character.

Knox Neighbourhood - Residential

(Small lots – under 1000m2) Preferred housing type - detached dwelling and dual occupancy.

(Large lots –1000m2 and above) Preferred housing type - dual occupancy and villa units.

Judging criteria:

  • Is consistent with the Knox Housing Strategy and Residential Design Guidelines for Knox Neighbourhood Areas.
  • Exhibits design excellence and functionality in relation to dwellings, outdoor spaces and garden areas.
  • Demonstrates environmentally sensitive design and development principles.
  • Enhances the ‘green and leafy’ feel of the Knox Neighbourhood Area.

Local Living - Residential

(All lots) Dual occupancy, villa units and townhouses.

Judging criteria:

  • Is consistent with the Knox Housing Strategy and Residential Design Guidelines for Local Living Areas.
  • Exhibits design excellence and functionality in relation to dwellings, outdoor spaces and garden areas.
  • Demonstrates environmentally sensitive design and development principles.
  • Enhances the ‘village feel’ around larger shopping areas.

Activity areas - Residential

(All lots) Villa units, townhouses, apartments and mixed use. Additional planning controls and covenants apply based on approved Structure Plans.

Judging criteria:

  • Is consistent with the Knox Housing Strategy and Residential Design Guidelines for Activity Areas, or the relevant approved Structure Plan.
  • Is consistent with the Victorian Government’s ‘Better Apartments Design Standards’
  • Exhibits design excellence and functionality in relation to buildings, outdoor spaces and garden areas.
  • Demonstrates environmentally sensitive design and development principles.
  • Balances more intensive residential development of Activity Areas with a ‘green and leafy’ character.

Industrial, commercial and institutional

Judging criteria:

  • Exhibits design excellence and functionality in relation to buildings, outdoor spaces and garden areas.
  • Demonstrates environmentally sensitive design and development principles.

Landscape Design

Judging criteria:

  • Is consistent with the Knox Landscape Plan Guidelines.
  • Complements the built form and surrounds.
  • Exhibits design excellence and functionality in relation to outdoor spaces and garden areas.
  • Demonstrates environmentally sensitive design principles.
  • Values existing vegetation and existing canopy trees, by retention and integration into the site design.

The Knox Award

Judging criteria:

  • Awarded to the overall outstanding project from all 2021 winners, as chosen by the judging panel.

Fees

There are no fees associated with submitting a nomination to the Knox Design and Development Excellence Awards 2021.

Awards jury

The jury may consist of:

  • Up to two recognised design industry professionals.
  • Mayor of City of Knox and two other Councillors.
  • Knox City Council – Director City Development.
  • Knox City Council senior design professional.

Awards event

The award recipients are likely to be announced at an online Council meeting Monday 28 June 2021.

Terms and conditions

The following terms and conditions apply to the Knox Design and Development Excellence Awards 2021:

  • Projects nominated must have been completed between 11 January 2019 and 31 December 2020.
  • Entries are open between 25 January 2021 and 28 February 2021.
  • Late entries will not be accepted.
  • All nomination materials must be submitted electronically.
  • The jury may choose not to present an award in any or all categories as it sees appropriate.
  • Commendations may be awarded in all categories as seen fit by the jury.
  • All projects should be compliant with relevant planning legislation and permit requirements.
  • Any material provided with nominations may be used by the City of Knox for promotional purposes. Nomination of projects absolves Knox City Council from any liability relating to confidentiality or intellectual property matters that may arise in the future.
  • Knox City Council reserves the right to retain, publish and exhibit any images or material submitted with the nominations as it sees fit.
  • Winning entries will be published on Knox City Council’s website and other media outlets.
  • Nominations will be judged from the street.
  • By nominating a project, the applicant agrees to all terms and conditions listed.

For further information


Contact City of Knox, City Futures Department, 9298 8000 or email knoxawards@knox.vic.gov.au

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