Horizon Housing wins UDIA Boral Excellence Awards
Horizon Housing has won the affordable development category at the Urban Development Institute Australia (UDIA) Boral Excellence Awards for our innovative co-housing dwelling in Upper Coomera on the Gold Coast. This award was received, at an awards dinner on Friday 21st October 2011 in recognition of our communal housing model which demonstrated:
The smaller, communal feel of each home, and its residential design, means that supported accommodation can be delivered within the community, rather than separated from it in institutional settings and residents can then be encouraged to mix with other tenants, promoting a social atmosphere in a safe supportive environment.
By adopting these design features, and because of the easily modifiable design, the co-housing model has the potential to be used for many different applications, including aged care and student accommodation. In developing this property, We believe we have provided an innovative response to a housing need for those with disabilities and who need affordable accommodation. Receiving this award demonstrates that quality affordable housing can be a reality in any market – it’s all about choosing strategic locations, seeking support from government and private parties and building compact dwellings that fit the needs of the community.
We have built 16 other similar properties across the Gold Coast, funded by the Nation Building and Economic Stimulus: Social Housing Initiative, providing 68 units of accommodation for those with disabilities.
We would like to thank our project team who have worked extremely hard to make this project a success. It has been their concepts; drive and initiative that has made it possible for us to deliver so many quality homes for those on low to moderate incomes. Thank-you all.