Sandridge Elderly Persons Housing Port Melbourne

role Architecture project value $8 million area 50,000m² completion date 1993

The construction of 70 elderly persons units for the Sandridge City Development Company on behalf of the Ministry of Housing set new standards and goals for future housing for the aged.

As part of the design process, our team established a liaison process with existing residents through a series of public meetings and a specially constituted Housing Advisory Group, allowing all parties to have direct input into the building design. As a result of this consultation process an Elderly Persons Advisory Group was formed. This group included representatives from Hanover Welfare Services, Port Melbourne Aged Services the Australian Council of Aging, and the Ministry of Housing.

The resultant design is oriented around a central north-facing courtyard thereby taking maximum advantage of sunlight and affording protection from prevailing winds. The scale and context of this courtyard creates a sense of community, security and a common garden. A car park for visitors and residents adjoins the elderly persons units and is secured behind driveway gates and screening.

The building design addresses issues such as increasing frailty of residents, adaptable accommodation, the encouragement of small social groupings and flexibility to allow community support services to be introduced with minimum disruption to residents.