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CASS Residential Aged Care Facility Wins UDIA NSW Award

At the recent Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) NSW Annual Awards in the category of seniors’ aged care living, the winner for the Excellence Award was the CASS Residential Aged Care Facility (RACF) Project designed by Calder Flower Architects Pty Ltd with building services engineering by Meinhardt

The Chinese Australian Services Society Co-operative (CASS) is a social service provider to migrants in Australia Its main service objective is to provide social and welfare services, promote the understanding of Chinese culture and help migrants settle and integrate into the Australian society. This site brings together all CASS activities and services in a community hub that is easily accessible to the elderly residents and wider community

The CASS Residential Aged Care Facility comprises 63 bedrooms and is the first stage of five in a new master plan for the delivery of multi-generational care services.

Completed in January, the project comprises outdoor areas attached to each room, and a dedicated mobility design throughout. Ecologically Sustainable Development systems are also abundant with solar hot water, louver windows for ventilation and generous glazing to capture sunlight. The building is made up of three floors above a basement car park. The U-shape of the building footprint defines a private north-facing courtyard garden for residents, away from the street. The materials that make up the project are simple and contemporary, mixing the bold colour of the red glazed bricks with light rendered walls and perforated anodised aluminium balustrade panels.

“The CASS Residential Aged Care Facility at Campsie is an outstanding example of how a local community-based vision can become a reality. This high-quality facility provides a full range of aged care services to its residents as well as the local community. The built form includes a number of innovative features and has been specifically designed to reflect the East Asian culture of its residents.

The master plan includes the integration of other existing services such as child care, a meals service, education services and a seniors’ day centre around a central hall and landscaped courtyard delivering on the Association’s vision to create a community hub. The judges believe the integration of aged care with child care and other services is leading edge and has created a unique multi-generational community.”

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