A socially sustainable housing development embedded within the Downer community.

Offering a mix of townhouses and apartments arranged around a central “village green” that reimagines the Old (Downer) School Courtyard, The Bradfield residential development sees the fruition of CHC Australia’s vision to deliver a socially sustainable development that supports the organisation in delivering quality community housing services to the Canberra community.  The simple linear planning, gable roof form and face brickwork of the adjacent CSIRO Experimental Station inform the architectural expression of the development. Wrap-around metal roof cladding helps achieve a comfortable sense of proportion across the two building typologies within the broader residential context.  Finer grain details including repetitive townhouse gable roof forms, sun hoods and courtyard walls with planter boxes further enliven the development.  Extensive and sustained engagement with local community organisations and a sensitive approach to preserving inherent social, cultural and environmental heritage value ensure The Bradfield will continue to be intrinsically linked with the Downer community.

Set against an attractive landscaped setting, the mix of quality residential offerings available for direct sale or via an affordable rental scheme enables CHC to return project revenue to the community, contributing to the creation of new housing initiatives, programs, scholarships and partnerships that support the continued delivery of diverse housing choices and opportunities.  Engagement with the local community and the preservation of the heritage, cultural and environmental values of the site were key to the success of The Bradfield, connecting the development with its context and achieving alignment with CHC’s commitment to deliver socially responsible development.


CHC Australia




Medium Density, High Density, Residential










Chase Group


Murph Stone Media


2022 – Commendation, Residential Architecture (Multiple Housing) – ACT Architecture Awards

2021 – Winner, Excellence in Community Wellbeing & Diversity – Planning Institute of Australia