Provider picks up housing award…again

An aged care group has produced Canberra’s best new apartment complex three years running.

Goodwin Aged Care Services’ independent living complex at Ainslie has received a prestigious property award for the third year in a row.

The Canberra village has been recognised by the Housing Industry Association (HIA) as the best apartment development in the ACT and southern NSW for 2009.

In the past 12 months the not-for-profit provider has built an extra two sites at the Ainslie site, creating 46 new homes for active seniors in the nation’s capital.

The new units feature modern interiors which incorporate a range of universal design principles to support older people as they age.

The Goodwin apartments were nominated alongside a number of new developments aimed at the general housing market.

The group’s CEO, Bruce McKenzie described the award as a coup for the aged care industry.

“People often think in ‘either/or’ terms when designing homes for older people – either they can be functional and practical or stylish and comfortable, but not both,” Mr McKenzie said.

“At Goodwin, we believe that every home should be both functional and stylish, and that is what we have set out to achieve in designing each new block of independent living units.

Goodwin also took out the HIA’s awards for special purpose housing and outdoor living.

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