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Aged Care & Social Housing

_We create safe, social and stimulating spaces that encourage interaction and physical activity and improve the quality of life for residents of aged care, assisted and independent living, social and affordable housing communities.


▽ Glenaeon Village Renewal

Glenaeon Village is an existing facility on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, set on the fringe of Garrigal National Park and with coastal bushland views. SCAPE Design were engaged to prepare a concept design and detailed design for Stage 1 of the proposed renewal of the site and in doing so, based our design on having gained a thorough understanding of site context and future site function through local knowledge, experience with aged care and related projects and previous work at Glenaeon. The centrepiece of the project was the design of communal gardens on the podium level of the new development, which included a ‘meeting place’, ‘the grand stair’ lush native gardens. At the rear of this stage, we envisioned a ‘bushland garden’ aesthetic, which included communal vegetable gardens and a putting green/ bocce lawn. Construction is due to commence in mid 2019. 

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▽ Harold Park, Social Housing

In 2016 SCAPE Design prepared concept and DA stage designs for an affordable housing project in the recently rezoned and developed Harold Park site in Sydney’s Inner West. The project involved the design of private and common open space, roof terraces and public domain interface. Our design for the ‘front garden’ included productive plants, seating and lighting for use by all residents, whilst roof terraces on Levels 3 & 4 comprise picnic and BBQ facilities, veggie garden, shaded seating, a small children’s play space and outdoor fitness equipment.

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▽ Carriageworks Student Housing

Working closely with the architects AJ+C for client SCAPE Living, the design proposes to provide a student accommodation facility in studio accommodation in inner city Darlington. Close to the University of Sydney and the revitalised Carriageworks Precinct, the design has evolved from a careful understanding of the local context, resulting in a building that responds to the industrial heritage of the area and provides an active and inviting streetscape. Careful consideration has gone into maximising existing tree retention and the resulting landscape vision for the project revolves around the idea of creating a lush native fern garden within the overarching framework of these existing trees.

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▽ BaptistCare Housing, Five Dock

SCAPE Design were engaged to undertake landscape architectural design for a series of BaptistCare managed aged care and affordable/social housing sites. Located in Western Sydney, the Five Dock project was designed closely with Jackson Teece Architects to ensure that existing features of the site such as large shade trees, were utilised and supplemented to create a resilient, robust and sustainable outcome. The urban setting required a series of landscape measures to ensure screening of adjacent properties and adherence to council’s landscape site area requirements. Features of the design included a communal area which included a vegetable garden, BBQ facilities and shaded outdoor seating. Recognising the value of native shade trees, we designed a boardwalk entry system that allowed the retention of existing trees along the street frontage, which had been identified as trees that must be retained in the development. The project is due to commence construction in 2019.

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▽ Milton Meadows Seniors Living

SCAPE Design were engaged to undertake visual assessment services of a managed aged care and affordable housing development located on the south coast of NSW. The project was designed based on principles developed by our visual assessment process, which sought to minimise visual impacts to local residents and tourists from a range of viewpoints and define a series of mitigation measures to further reduce impacts within a pastoral landscape setting and backdrop of indigenous bushland. A range of building types were developed to ensure taller apartment style buildings were located below the visual horizon, whilst single storey dwellings and facilities were located on higher ground and further mitigated through intensive screen planting and architectural finishes and tones designed to blend with the surrounding landscape. A range of visual assessment techniques were undertaken based on our work on similar projects and infrastructure projects and involved transects, 3D modelling and desktop investigations.

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▽ Baptist Care Carlingford

SCAPE Design participated in a site development study in 2015 with AJ+C Architects for the potential future use of this land within Carlingford for independent/assisted living housing. The site features mature plants from the Sydney Blue Gum High Forest community and offers distant views over the City of Parramatta LGA. Water Sensitive Urban Design, native revegetation and garden rooms for active and passive recreation are some of the main landscape architectural design initiatives brought to the project by SCAPE Design.

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▽ BaptistCare Housing, Narellan

SCAPE Design were engaged to undertake landscape architectural design for a series of BaptistCare managed aged care and affordable housing sites. The Narellan site comprised 9.5 hectares and formed an extension to an existing facility. Located in Western Sydney, the project was designed closely with DWP/Suters Architects to ensure that existing features of the site such as large shade trees, riparian systems and landscape topography were utilised and supplemented to create a resilient, robust and sustainable outcome. Innovations brought to the project include specification of tree root vaulting within the reduced road corridor, in order to increase the topsoil volumes available to street trees. This will help to ensure better growth and to reduce urban heat impacts experienced in Western Sydney.

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