Bayside’s best new buildings recognised

By Nicole Payne

Black Rock based architectural firm John Alkemade Architects have taken out the top gong, the Best of the Best prize at the Bayside Built Environment Awards for their work at 5 Central Avenue Black Rock.


Winner Best New Building by Alkemade Architects.  Photo by Emily Bartlett Photography

Now in their 11th year, the Bayside Built Environment Awards recognise outstanding new architectural design in Bayside covering the suburbs of Beaumaris, Black Rock, Brighton, Brighton East, Hampton, Hampton East, Sandringham,  and parts of Highett and Cheltenham.

Awards are given across a range of categories including Best New Building, Best Commercial and Best Ecologically Sustainable Design.

The Alkemede designed house also took out the award for Best New Building with the judges commending its choice of materials, skillion roof and the scale of the structure which enables it to sit discretely and sympathetically in the streetscape.

Of particular note at this year’s awards was the redevelopment of the old Beaumaris Hotel on Beach Road designed by Tamara Dunkley from ADDARC.  The project was a finalist across four different categories and, while no win was recorded they receive 3 high commendations from the judging panel.

Most Creative Design went to McKimm architect’s bold structure with Brutalist overtones at 10 Newbay Street in Brighton with the firm also taking out Best Commercial property for their work at 424-426 New St in Brighton.

HONTO Architecture’s renovation of 19 Wright Street in Brighton took our Best Renovation for its cleverly integrated extension with careful detailing and use of muted yet enduring colours and tones.

Best Ecologically Sustainable Design went to Fine Line Design’s 22A Deauville Street, Beaumaris which the judges heralded a ‘home for the future’ and one that exceeds best practice in materials selection, energy efficiency, passive solar design, and renewable energy use.

The judges also recognised SMAC Design for its exemplary heritage renovation to 270 – 272 Bluff Road in Sandringham where the extension is sited to not detract from the form and elegant character of the original residence.

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