There are five elements considered critical to the success of replicating and scaling our housing projects.
Proximity to shops, transport and other services is critical to enable people with disability to easily get out of their home and have a meaningful life. Being located near family and friends and living in a familiar neighbourhood is also essential for maintaining relationships and community inclusion.
A range of smart home technology is incorporated into apartments and buildings to maximise tenant independence, including technology to alert staff in the event of an emergency or need for unplanned support. Built-in wiring and cabling enables cost effective future installation of home automation for tenants.
All apartments are designed to meet the high physical support design category under NDIS Specialist Disability Accommodation requirements (which includes Platinum level certification under Livable Housing Design Guidelines). The intention is to provide effective environmental support for people to do as much for themselves as they can. The design also supports cost effective adaptation in response to an individual tenant’s changing needs across time, as well as the needs of various tenants who may live in the apartments in the future.
Buildings are designed to support easy navigation for wheelchairs on key paths of travel from the project apartments. A generator backup is incorporated into the building services to ensure lifts operate for up to four hours in the event of a power outage and the essential communication technology continues to operate for that period of time.
Externally the project apartments are not distinguishable from other apartments. Their integration into the building provides opportunities for tenants to be part of the building community and establish relationships with neighbours.
Key Design Framework