Churches of Christ Homes and Community Services (WA) and Goodwin Aged Care Services (ACT) have been recognised in the 2007 National Lifestyle Housing for Seniors Awards.

Churches of Christ Homes and Community Services’ Bethanie Waters Lifestyle Village (pictured) took out the award for the best purpose built dwelling with over ten units.

Built by Gallacher Constructions, the Bethanie Waters site features 166 two-bedroom independent living units which are equipped with a large range of adaptable features.

“We are delighted that our organisation in partnership with Gallacher Constructions has won this prestigious award, but the real winners are our residents who will experience the kind of lifestyle they deserve within the Bethanie community,” said Churches of Christ Homes and Community Services’ CEO, Wayne Belcher.

The Goodwin Independent Living Units development at Farrer won the prize for the best multi-storey purpose built dwelling. It also won the Housing Industry Association’s award for the best apartment development in the ACT and southern NSW.

Built by Capezio & Co, the Farrer complex has four levels of independent apartments and a modern facade that requires minimal maintenance. Innovative security and communications capabilities were incorporated into the design.

“We have hit a new sort of era where there are new possibilities for living environments for people who want an alternative to residential care,” said Goodwin CEO, Bruce McKenzie.

“Our history shows that the built form tends to dictate how people live but it needs to be more reactive so that as people age, the buildings can continue to respond and cater to their needs.”

The annual awards are a joint initiative between Master Builders Australia and the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, designed to promote innovative housing options for Australia.

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