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Opened in February 2015, the $15 million Brisbane Housing Company (BHC) development is Queensland’s first project dedicated to providing new, purpose-built homes for seniors in under-occupied public housing.

Caggara House, designed by leading architect and interior design firm Arkhefield and delivered through a partnership between BHC and the Queensland State Government, offers 57 modern one-bedroom apartments to senior public housing tenants looking to live in more manageable homes.

Built across five levels, floors one to four are split into two buildings connected by a walkway on each level, and embrace a central landscaped courtyard and barbecue area on the ground floor.

Each apartment has a bedroom, bathroom, open-plan kitchen, living room and balcony, giving seniors struggling to manage larger, older housing the opportunity to move into a modern, practical, self-contained home.

The transition of senior singles and couples to their new Caggara House apartment has the potential to release up to $25 million worth of government housing for renewal or reallocation to families in urgent need of homes.

This financially and socially sustainable approach enables high-quality, mixed-tenure developments that can incorporate elements of affordable housing, market for sale product, retail and commercial space.

The Caggara House project is an important indicator to the local community that affordable housing can be a strong and positive contributor to local area re-activation and renewal.

The outcome provides an exemplar for future development in the area.

The other development finalist within this category was EVO Home by Lendlease and Burbank at Redbank Plains.

Read more about Caggara House and other 2015 Awards Winners in the Awards edition of Establish Magazine, out now.