Jointly funded by the Salvation Army and Housing Tasmania, this project will provide social and affordable housing targeted for women over 55; a growing demographic experiencing homelessness.
Located in Moonah, the former Salvation Army church and community centre in Hopkins Street will be demolished to make way for 21 new one and two-bedroom apartments and a Salvation Army office to service the wider community.
The three-storey complex will house the Salvation Army office, off-street parking and communal gardens. Two accessible apartments with a courtyard are located on the ground level, with two levels of mixed accommodation above. All upper-level apartments have balconies, some also having views to kunanyi/Mount Wellington.
Designed in accordance with Liveable Housing Design Guidelines and Housing Tasmania’s Housing Design – Minimum Standards for Social Housing, the apartments will be private and compact, utilising effective space saving strategies, and are on target to achieve a 6-star NatHERS energy rating. They are also designed for ease of future modification so that occupants can ‘age in place’.
External building fabric choices of a brick base, a pre-finished cladding system requiring no painting and a galvanised steel roof will result in very low ongoing maintenance requirements and long-term durability.