NSW Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) has partnered with Traders in Purple and Housing Trust to transform a 3-storey 1950’s apartment building into a 13-storey, 54-unit apartment building comprising a mix of 10 social, 6 affordable and 38 private housing dwellings.
8 of the 10 social housing units will incorporate dual key access allowing the potential for 18 social housing units. A dual key unit is divided into two, self-contained dwellings with both including a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living space. It has a shared foyer through which there are two lockable doors to the dwellings. Dual key access provides independence and accessibility for social housing residents, as a carer or support worker can live in the adjoining unit.
This design arrangement also provides flexibility as both a 2-bedroom apartment or two 1-bedroom apartments. This project is one of three current LAHC developments incorporating dual key access for social housing units.
Located within the Wollongong CBD and close to City Beach and Wollongong Entertainment Centre, this development will include five-star energy efficient equipment and appliances and LED lighting with motion and daylight sensor controls. The social housing units will have a minimum NatHERS star rating of 7.0 greatly reducing reliance on mechanical heating and cooling.
This renewal project will comprise accessible features and extensive landscaped communal areas and rooftop, offering great amenity for all residents. A total of 69 car spaces will also be provided on the ground floor together with retail shops.
Due for completion around July 2023, this $22 million development in the Wollongong local government area, will provide homes for up to 120 new residents and create about 110 jobs during the life of the project.
This project highlights the NSW Government’s continued commitment to deliver well designed, homes integrated within the community to create greater diversity and deliver more keys in doors and provide more safe housing for people in need.