Property Council declares University Hill as ‘Best Master Planned Community’ in Australia


A second major win for this project which was conceived in 2004 by a unique client/council/consultant team led by urban designer Kobus Mentz, now director of Urbanismplus and supported by TTM, Prosperous Places and Urbacity (then Patrick Partners).

University Hill was been declared the 2011 ‘Best Master Planned Community’ in Australia at the Property Council’s national Innovation and Excellent Awards ceremony on 14 May 2011.

The mixed-use development is being delivered by MAB Corporation at Bundoora, City of Whittlesea. It contains over 1,000 new homes and incorporates significant commercial and industrial uses, offering local employment opportunities successfully integrated with residential, retail, recreation and community services and facilities.  The integration of such a large scale of employment within a mixed-use community has resulted in University Hill being repeatedly described as a ‘unique’ development.

This award follows four awards:

  • 2010 Urban Development Institute of Australia’s (Victorian Division) Master Planned Development Award,
  • 2008 Urban Development Institute of Australia’s (Victorian Division) Excellence Award for Water Sensitive Urban Design,
  • 2005 Australian Institute of  Landscape Architects (Victorian Division) Excellence Award for Planning in Landscape Architecture,
  • 2005 Planning Institute of Australia’s Award for Planning Excellence in Urban Design – Plans and Ideas.