Client: ACT Government Community Services Directorate and Project Independence
Project Independence targets delivery of supportive housing for people with a mild intellectual or physical disability. The ACT government Community Serviced Directorate (CSD) has partnered with Project Independence to deliver this innovative and highly original project by providing land and funding to build the dwellings at two sites in Harrison and Latham. Each development will accommodate 10 residents and one resident coordinator in three separate dwellings with shared common outdoor areas. Each unit has been designed to support independent living with separate living and bedroom areas and a private outdoor recreational area. The accommodation, which would involve one support staff member living on-site, would assist young adults gain experience in living independently. It is also likely that these residents will age in place and as a result design consideration has been given to the breadth of disabilities of the mildly intellectually or physically disabled and to the aged. The residents will ultimately have the opportunity to purchase the homes with their own income or pensions and on-sell them through Project Independence should they elect to move as their needs change.
Harrison, as the larger of the two sites associated with the development, will also include duplex townhouse designed to meet CSD design guidelines for supportive housing and the Liveable Housing Gold standard.
The architectural character for both developments, while distinctive with initiatives such as feature cladding, skillion roof forms and associated clerestory glazing, will ensure that they sit comfortably in the broader context. Each development is a site responsive solution working with site constraints – in the case of the Harrison site taking advantage of the attractive outlook to the adjacent Wells Station Track and its heritage listed trees. This style of housing is not the first for AMC having completed a similar ‘Intentional Community’ In Benambra for CSD and the Harrison site is ideally the first of many such Project Independence communities underpinned by the National Disability Insurance Scheme.