Image: Minister for Housing the Hon. Peter Tinley AM MLA with Georgina Willis and Bernard Seeber from the winning team.

Local Fremantle firm Bernard Seeber Architects took out top honours in the Hilton Design Competition, announced recently.

It’s the first year that Department of Communities has run the competition, which was developed to encourage development solutions that meet the changing housing needs of the community while also respecting the unique heritage character of Hilton.

The award announcement was held at the Hilton Community Centre, which was refurbished and restored by Bernard Seeber Architects in 2011 to much acclaim.

Minister for Housing the Hon. Peter Tinley AM MLA congratulated the winning team, and stressed the role good design can play in developing housing options that are flexible, accessible and meet the needs of public housing tenants.

“Well-designed public housing helps promote social diversity, delivers value for money, reduces maintenance costs for tax payers and improves the quality of life for its residents,” he said.

“There is a growing demand for one and two bedroom dwellings currently not being met within the Hilton area. We need to provide greater housing diversity and infill is one of the keys to meeting that challenge.”

Entries were assessed by an expert jury, who praised the overall quality of submissions but said the winning entry stood out for its sophistication, contemporary style and refined aesthetic.

The winning team will now be offered a contract to apply their design to 14 new public homes planned for construction on battleaxe blocks behind heritage homes in Hilton.

The competition was developed in partnership with the City of Fremantle and the Australian Institute of Architects. It forms part of the Department’s Hilton Revitalisation Project, which aims to conserve character homes, de-concentrate public housing and increase the diversity of housing stock in Hilton.