Media Releases 2016

Posted on 28/10/2016 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Penguins Plus wins National Landscape Architecture Awards

The award-winning Penguins Plus viewing platform has continued on its winning way as it received the Award for Excellence in Tourism at the 2016 National Landscape Architecture Awards, held at the National Arboretum Canberra yesterday.

In awarding this honour, the jury noted the beautiful detail of this viewing platform and the manner in which it sits sympathetically within the coastal landscape, providing a prototype for developments in sensitive landscapes. The jury also commented on the importance and relevance of the comprehensive Summerland Peninsula Master Plan which informed the design and implementation of this project.

“We are delighted that the popular Penguins Plus viewing experience has received this accolade,” said Matthew Jackson, Phillip Island Nature Parks CEO. “We share the ongoing success of this project with RACV, and acknowledge their ongoing and valuable partnership in this exciting development.”

Mr Jackson continued, “We would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate and thank Tract Consultants and Wood Marsh Architecture for their understanding of the vision laid out in the Master Plan, and their execution of this outstanding design.”

The Penguins Plus viewing area opened in November 2015 and offers close penguin viewing opportunities for a maximum of 300 visitors on the open, curved platform. The Underground viewing experience offers up to 70 visitors the world-first opportunity to see penguins up close at eye level through a 25 metre viewing window.


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