GroupGSA delivers Australian-first hybrid housing model for Anglicare

Words by Lisa-Maree Carrigan

Global multi-disciplinary design practice GroupGSA has delivered a pioneering integrated housing model for Anglicare that successfully combines affordable build-to-sell apartments with social housing for local communities in Sydney’s western suburbs.

The three developments in Mount Druitt, Fairfield and Liverpool are believed to be an Australian-first, with most strata apartments sold out ahead of their completion in 2021. The social housing units are designed specifically for women aged over 55.

Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveals that women over 55 are particularly vulnerable to homelessness. In 2021, almost 5000 women in this age group were on the waiting list for social housing in NSW alone. Meanwhile, 405,000 women over 45 were considered at risk of housing affordability stress and subsequently becoming homeless, as estimated in the ‘At Risk’ policy report by Housing for the Aged Action Group (HAAG) and Social Ventures Australia.

“At their core, these residential builds are designed to be good neighbours – positively impacting both occupants and the urban fabric they inhabit,” GroupGSA director Lisa-Maree Carrigan said.

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Lisa-Maree is Director of Architecture & Urban Design globally at GroupGSA. She leads engagement of teams and clients through design collaboration and strategic direction

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