AMC is delighted that The Bradfield residential precinct in Downer was recognised with an Award for Planning Excellence in the Community Wellbeing & Diversity category at the recent Planning Institute Australia ACT Awards! With a proud history of assisting community and not-for-profit housing providers in the ACT region, AMC understood and supported CHC Australia’s vision to provide quality affordable housing for rent and purchase. Through a sustained and extensive consultative process with the Downer Community Association (DCA) and broader Downer Community, jointly led by CHC and AMC, various development parameters were agreed including a maximum development yield, maximum building height, diversity of dwelling typologies, preservation/staged replacement of a number of heritage trees, retention of the Old School Courtyard as a central asset and supporting rather than competing with the Downer Local Shops. The success of this consultation led to strong support from the DCA and a successful Territory Plan Variation process. The resulting development incorporates a mix of townhouses and apartments across 6 buildings in an attractive landscaped setting and sits comfortably in the Downer context referencing the character of the adjacent old CSIRO Experimental Station. Congratulations to all involved!