UDIA Awards Winner 2012

Women’s Housing has won the Affordable Living category for the UDIA awards in Victoria.

Affordable Housing Project for Women Takes Off UDIA Excellence Award

In the words of the judges, “A worthy and much needed development…an excellent example of a successful ‘Nation building’ project.”

To relieve disadvantaged groups within the community, Women’s Housing Ltd has successfully helped to ease inequality and won the Affordable Living category for the Urban Development Institute of Australia (Vic) 2012 Awards for Excellence.

Through research and investigation, it was discovered those most likely to experience housing stress include; older women reaching retirement age with low superannuation, women with disabilities and women with young children unable to access appropriate childcare.

It is for these women that Women’s Housing Limited provides homes:

  • Executive Director of UDIA Victoria, Tony De Domenico said, “The Women’s Housing Limited Bayswater Project, which comprises 27 apartments, was intended to provide a welcoming and secure environment”.
  • “The building incorporates environmentally sustainable design principles and robust, low-maintenance finishes and was an outstanding achievement for the Women’s Housing Limited and project builder, Buildcorp.”
  • “None of the tenants pay any more than 75 per cent market rent, thus allowing them to allocate resources to achieving financial sustainability.”
  • Since 1997, Women’s Housing Limited has been helping women claim their right to safe, secure, affordable housing choices by providing affordable, liveable, rental properties.


Judges Comments

A worthy and much needed development, this exemplifies the advantage of maintaining control over planning and good use of government leadership.

The project offers a good design response in relation to its main road location and it has the benefit of providing good size rooms, fit for their purpose. Corridors are light and generous, through good window positioning at the end of the hallways.

  • With most tenants sourced from the Office of Housing waitlist and paying no more than 75% of the market rental rate, the development provides safe and modern housing, close to amenity for people with specific needs.
  • The project builder, Buildcorp was an important part of the achievement of the development and worked closely with the project team to achieve a great outcome within the tight budget.
  • An excellent example of a successful ‘Nation-building’ project.

A special Souvenir Edition of The Star:

“Urban Affairs” December 2012:


More About The Awards

UDIA 2012 Awards Recognise Outstanding Standard of Residential Development in Victoria.  The Urban Development Institute of Australia (Victoria) today said the winners of its annual Awards for Excellence for 2012 reflected the high standard of planning and construction in residential communities throughout Victoria.

The Awards are in their 17th consecutive year and are generally held to be among the best and most sought-after of their kind in the industry.Commenting on the 2012 awards UDIA (VIC) Executive Director Tony De Domenico said, “Residential projects in Victoria provided lifestyle opportunities which reflected a strong commitment to community development, environment and healthy living.”
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