We are very excited to share the news that the Summer Foundation’s Hunter Housing Project (Belle Apartments) has won the 2017 NSW Disability Inclusion Award in the residential development category.
The award, presented by the Association of Consultants for Access in Australia (ACAA) in partnership with the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS), aims to recognise achievements in enabling people with disabilities to fully participate in community life through the creation of an accessible built environment.
The award has been presented for outstanding contribution in the field of Disability Access and Inclusion for the Hunter Housing Project.
The Hunter Housing Project comprises 10 apartments designed for people with disability, peppered throughout a 110 unit private development. The apartments have been designed to achieve Platinum level certification under Livable Housing Australia Design Guidelines and feature fully accessible bedrooms and bathrooms, open plan living including accessible balconies, and customisable kitchen and bathrooms.
The accessibility, adaptability and universal design elements of the apartments dramatically increase a person’s independence and quality of life. Centrally located, these apartments allow people with disability to actively participate in their community and to build and maintain relationships with family and friends.
This award recognises the many people who have worked diligently and passionately on this project. We would particularly like to thank and congratulate Summer Foundation employees Justin, Sophie, Tom, Natalie and Sarah, as well as Astrid Reynolds on this wonderful achievement. Thanks also go to our partners: Tony Parker from Connectability, Scott Shafren and Cash Robinson from Basebuild, Nathan Gill from Automation Innovation, David West from Nadin West Joinery and the MSM Architects. And finally, a big thank-you to Aja Goddard from BCA Access Solutions, who nominated the Belle Apartments for this award as the project’s Access Consultant.