From 29 April 2022, Compass Housing Services became Home In Place.

A Home in Place social and affordable housing project is a three-time finalist in the upcoming 2022 HIA-CSR Hunter Housing and Kitchen & Bathroom Awards.

The 16 one and two bedroom unit social and affordable housing complex in Wickham, in inner-city Newcastle, is in the running to win each of the following awards:

  • Apartment Complex of the Year
  • GreenSmart Sustainable Home Award
  • Specialised Housing Award.

The complex was completed in 2021 under a partnership between the NSW Government, City of Newcastle, and Home In Place. It was one of nearly 500 properties, across 19 Hunter and Central Coast sites, that Home in Place delivered as part of the NSW Government’s Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF). Council contributed to the project through the Building Better Cities program.

Central Coast and Hunter based firm, North Constructions, was the project builder and CKDS was the architect.

Home in Place CEO Australia Lyndall Robertshaw said it is exciting to see the project recognised in these prestigious awards. She said North Construction and the rest of the project team delivered a high quality development on time and on budget in difficult circumstances during the COVID19 pandemic.

Ms Robertshaw said most importantly the project is helping to address a shortage of inner city housing for key workers that is close to transport and services.

“Projects like this one show what’s possible when different levels of government work together and leverage the know-how of the community housing sector,” Ms Robertshaw said.

“We’re building modern community housing that meets today’s household demographics, not just family sized homes on city fringes,” she said.

“Home in Place is committed to sustainability in all aspects of its operations. We always seek to apply cost-effective environmental performance and operational principles so the housing is affordable to build, maintain and for tenants to live in.”.

“Congratulations and good luck to all the finalists.”

The award winners will be announced at a ceremony at NEX, Newcastle on Saturday, October 22.

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