Access Housing’s highly valued partners LandCorp and the City of Perth recently collected prestigious Planning Institute of Australia awards for projects Access Housing is proud to be associated with.
LandCorp’s innovative WGV at White Gum Valley estate received the Best Planning Ideas – Small Project award and the highly coveted Planning Minister’s award at the institute’s 2015 WA Awards for Planning Excellence.
The WGV at White Gum Valley estate is the home to one of Access Housing’s future affordable property developments, which will accommodate a group of working artists from the Fremantle area that have been priced out of the local private rental market. Access Housing agreed to develop the project for members of the ‘Sustainable Housing for Artists and Creatives’ (SHAC) cooperative. The development will contain three three-bedroom townhouses, eight two-bedroom units, one one-bedroom unit and one communal artist studio (artist’s impression shown above).
The SHAC development will form part of a diverse range of housing types and living options within the estate that will include apartments, maisonettes and single homes. Project architects have worked in conjunction with Access Housing and SHAC members to create a living space that will meet the needs of the tenants while also harmonising with the environmentally sustainable aims of the broader LandCorp estate. The final designs are now almost complete and construction on the SHAC project is due to begin in early 2016.
LandCorp’s relationship with Access Housing has seen the companies work together to facilitate one completed and two to-be-constructed affordable housing projects. Visit our Current Projects and Completed Projects tab for more information.
The City of Perth also celebrated awards success, claiming the President’s Award for its Penny Lane Affordable Apartments development. The project also received a commendation in the Best Planning Ideas – Small Project category.
The Penny Lane Affordable Apartments in East Perth comprises 48 apartments which are rented to inner-city workers on low to moderate incomes that wish to live close to their workplace but cannot afford renting in the private Perth CBD rental market.
Access Housing has been involved with the Penny Lane project since its inception through its attraction of National Rental Affordability Scheme incentives on the apartments. Its subsidiary for-profit real estate company, Access Housing Realty, acts as property manager for the development. All property management fees are donated to Access Housing to assist in the development of more affordable housing for Western Australians.
Access Housing congratulates LandCorp and City of Perth on their successes!