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What are the Built Environment Awards?

The awards raise community awareness of design, landscape and heritage issues and publicly acknowledge architects and designers who have positively contributed to the city's built environment.

Every building site is unique and has its own complexities. It is the task of the designer to maximise the possibilities of the site and ensure that the building is complementary to its neighbourhood surrounds.

All members of the general community as well as building design professionals are encouraged to nominate a property.

Nominations are now closed

The closing date for nominations was 23 June 2017 for all categories. Winners will be announced at the awards gala in September 2017.

If you want to know more information about the award ceremony please contact Carrie Dupe at cdupe [at] bayside.vic.gov.au (subject: Built%20Environment%20Awards)

Nominations will re-open in October 2017 for the 2018 awards.


The awards are open to both residential and commercial properties.

Most creative design

Recognises buildings that exhibit distinctive design and landmark qualities, generated by new ideas and innovative use of form, materials, colours and technology.

Best new building

Recognises the best overall contribution to the local environment across a diverse range of design criteria including architectural excellence, reflection of community aspirations, positive integration into the local context, affordability, durability, creativity, environmental sensitivity and innovative use of technology.

Best medium-density housing

Recognises outstanding achievement in the provision of medium-density housing that integrates harmoniously into its setting, achieves a high level of domestic amenity and contributes positively to the local urban character.

Best renovation or extension

Acknowledges the careful design required to successfully add new elements to an existing building in a manner, which is complementary, respectful or challenging, yet enriches both the host building and the local urban setting.

Best heritage renovation or restoration

Celebrates the design that underpins the creative and respectful renovation, extension and creative adaptation of heritage places to extend their useful lives and enable new uses while retaining essential heritage integrity.

Best ecologically sustainable design

Recognises outstanding responsiveness to the growing need for energy efficiency and the emerging ecological challenges of our time, setting a standard for others to follow, while remaining respectful of established neighbourhood character.


The Built Environment Awards promote awareness of outstanding urban design within the municipality.

The judging process for awards is carried out by a panel of independent individuals considered experts in their field and nominated Bayside councillors.

After the closing date for nominations, the judging panel review all submissions and create a short list of finalists.

Criteria includes responsiveness to neighbourhood character, streetscape quality, local identity, heritage, public places and the natural environment.