The 2013 Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) Victorian Awards for Excellence function was held on 6th December, and saw CEHL win the award for "Best Affordable Development" for it's groundbreaking 205 Gipps Street Abbotsford.
The judge's comments were noteworthy, describing the project as:-"an excellent model of how private and social housing can work well together, rather than the tried-and-failed public housing estate model......The outcomes of this site - financial, social and physical- set a benchmark for other affordable developments"
The project is 59 apartments of which 25 are retained as co-operative housing, 6 units of disability housing (in partnership with the Summer Foundation and TAC) and the remainder sold to owner occupiers or private rental investors.
In accepting the award, Stephen Nash, CEHL Managing Director, said "We are proud as a not for profit developer to have delivered a truly amazing mixed tenure project and have demonstated that it can be done."
Furthermore, Mr Nash added, "Given the success of this mixed tenure model, I challenge development industry leaders to work together and partner with not for profit community housing developers to solve Australia's affordable housing crisis."
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This is the second such award for CEHL following the sucess of Harmony Village Dandenong in 2011.
CEHL has established a solid reputation for delivering quality affordable housing, targeted to the particular requirements of our user groups. CEHL has a unique objective of providing for life cycle living for Co-operative Housing tenant members and as such, has housing model types that include; apartments, villas, family homes and also retirement complexes for those 55 and over.
CEHL's Property Development Team of Development Managers and Project Managers are experienced in overseeing the projects life cycle, from acquisition, functional brief, consultant management, tendering, to construction and handover.
In conjunction with the Federal Government's National Building Stimulus Packages, CEHL has delivered 275 new units across metropolitan and regional Victoria in 2009-2011. Over 60 units have been delivered in 2012-2013 by leveraging various Government funding initiatives. These units have provided a variety of housing types for our Co-operative Program, including detached villa units and apartment living.The company currently has over $60m worth of projects at various stages of planning and construction and is continually looking at opportunities to grow its housing stock even further.
Whether in partnership with government, the private sector, community-based organisations or self-funded, our focus is on producing innovative social housing solutions which are also cost-effective and environmentally sustainable.
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