The Master Builders Association National Award Winners for the National Lifestyle Housing for Seniors were announced in Canberra on the 10th November 2006.
This award was jointly developed by the Department of Health and Ageing and Master Builders Australia, in order to encourage those involved in planning, designing and building our communities to prepare for the changes that an ageing population will bring.
Inappropriate housing or poorly designed communities are factors that can force people to move prematurely into residential aged care, when we know that most people want to remain in their own homes and familiar communities as they age. Good housing and urban design can play a major role in allowing older Australians to age in place and remain active.
The 2006 winners are as follow:
Purpose Built Dwelling – 10 units and under
Walter Homes Pty Ltd for ‘The Lady Jay’, Epping, New South Wales
This home was designed by Walter Homes and Fyfe Design Services to meet the special needs of their mother. The floor plan is an open and free flowing design, specifically suited to the needs of the elderly and handicapped, featuring wide door openings and hallways to accommodate wheel chair access if required. Non slip tiles and many adaptable features are provided in bathrooms.
National Award for Lifestyle Housing for Seniors – Purpose Built Dwelling – over 10 units – Best Value for Money
Australian Planning Consultants Pty Ltd for Querencia Latrobe City, Moe, Victoria
The design comprises one and two bedroom units grouped in buildings comprising six to eight units per block. Units have separate entrances via a verandah interlinked with connecting pathways. Bathrooms allow for wheelchair access to showers, including options for grab rails in toilets and shower cubicles. The judges considered that this project offered fantastic value for money for the occupants.
National Award for Lifestyle Housing for Seniors – Purpose Built Dwelling – over 10 units – Leading Technologies
BGC Construction Pty Ltd for Stage 2a, Bentley Park, Bentley, Western Australia
The needs of frail or elderly occupants have been taken into account in the design and construction of 54 villas in Stage 2a of this complex. The dwellings offer the ultimate in adaptable housing. An electronic system has been installed in each home to monitor services and utilities. Steps have been eliminated, with door and garage entrances flush with the finished floor level. Walkthrough doorways are wide enough for a wheelchair. Showers have no hobs and easily removable shower screens.
National Award for Lifestyle Housing for Seniors – Multi Unit Development
John Holland Pty Ltd for the Holy Spirit Home, Carseldine, Queensland
The construction of the Holy Spirit Home Carseldine’s new residential wing is the third stage of a 5 stage redevelopment. Stage 3 incorporates 72 self-contained apartments over three levels. Security underground parking with lift access to all units makes it easy for occupants to access their units. All the apartments are well designed with many adaptable features, including open floor plans. The complex has many in-house services for residents including laundry facilities, hairdressers, a café and bus services to nearby shopping centres.