Thyne House is an existing supported youth accommodation facility in Launceston. This project expands the housing offer at Thyne House from the current 30 sole-occupancy units to 50 units. By increasing the number of units this project increases the accommodation options for young people in northern Tasmania who are at risk of or are experiencing homelessness.
The project is part of Thyne House’s transition to an Education First Youth Foyer model, providing integrated learning and life skills as well as supported accommodation – a holistic approach to meeting young peoples’ needs and empowering them to live independently and build better lives for themselves. This is achieved, not least, through the incorporation of a commercial cafe in the development, with a frontage to Bathurst Street, that will offer the potential for training and employment for residents of the facility.
Existing heritage buildings on the site will be incorporated into the new construction, both to showcase the long development history of the site, and to provide an interpretive opportunity to showcase the site’s rich industrial past.
A development application has been lodged with Launceston City Council, and it is anticipated that construction will commence on site in late 2020.