Awards & Achievements

In our experience, responding to the housing needs of low to moderate income earners, does not require compromise in development composition, finishes and structure.

Each home developed and managed by BHC has been created with sustainability, affordability, design and community in mind. As a result, BHC has been recognised with the following achievements:

Awards & Achievements

Urban Development Institute of Australia - Wildcard 2017 - Social Buttons

The giant 3-D art project, Social Buttons, that allows seniors to plan social outings with the click of button has won a coveted 2017 UDIA Queensland Mitchell Brandtman Award for Excellence.

Social Buttons was created for Caggara House, an award-winning apartment complex for over 55s, developed by BHC Creating Liveable Communities in partnership with the Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works.

Urban Development Institute of Australia - Excellence in Affordable Housing 2017 - Spectrum Apartments, Lutwyche

The innovative affordable housing development, Spectrum Apartments, that was built above the Northern Busway tunnel has won a coveted 2017 UDIA Queensland Mitchell Brandtman Award for Excellence.

The striking three-story Spectrum development, unveiled in July, is the product of a unique partnership between leading affordable housing provider BHC Creating Liveable Communities and respected not-for-profits Communify and MS Queensland.

Spectrum features 60 units which accommodate a range of tenants including: people with disabilities, low income earners and private and commercial renters.

Urban Development Institute of Australia - President's Award 2017 - Spectrum Apartments, Lutwyche

Spectrum Apartments was a Finalist for the 2017 UDIA QLD Awards for Excellence President’s Award.

Australasian Housing Institute - 2017 - Tenant Led Initiative - Green Square Art Group

Australasian Housing Institute (AHI) – Tenant Led Initiative Award celebrates an individual or a group of residents/tenants who have undertaken a project or initiative to benefit others in their community.

This year’s award was won by The Green Square Art Project, led by long term tenant Gerard Bargo. On the night we were proud to have Gerard in attendance to accept the award and speak about his art group, which stands as a safe and inclusive space to promote creativity, community and social inclusion.

Australasian Housing Institute - 2017 - Leading Community Engagement Practice - Social Buttons, Caggara House, Mt Gravatt

Australasian Housing Institute (AHI) – Leading Community Engagement Practice Award celebrates a project or initiative that demonstrates leading practice in encouraging, enabling and supporting tenant and/or community engagement.

This year, BHC accepted the Leading Community Engagement Practice Award for the Caggara House Social Buttons project which saw tenants and creative designers at Inkahoots work together to develop the interactive instalment which utilises technology to promote and organise social interactions; building community.

Urban Development Institute of Australia - Excellence in Affordable Housing 2016 - Bowen Court, New Farm

The innovative partnership between Blue Care (Uniting Care Queensland) and BHC saw the substantial renovation of an existing, uninhabitable building into affordable, modern apartments for low income earners over the age of 55.

The Bowen Terrace development provides much-needed accommodation for low income seniors who have been part of the community for many years, but may have recently been squeezed out of the tight inner-city rental market.

Urban Development Institute of Australia - Excellence in Affordable Housing 2015 - Caggara House, Mt Gravatt

Opened in February 2015, our development, Caggara House at Mt Gravatt East, took out the Affordable Housing category for its  provision of 57 high quality, easy-to-maintain apartments for seniors looking to downsize.

The Bothwell Street complex of modern one-bedroom apartments, designed by leading architect and interior design firm Arkhefield, is Queensland’s first project dedicated to providing new and purpose-built replacement homes for seniors in under-occupied public housing.

 

 

Urban Development Institute of Australia - Excellence in Seniors Living 2015 - Caggara House, Mt Gravatt

Opened in February 2015, our development, Caggara House at Mt Gravatt East, was a finalist in the Seniors’ Living category for its  provision of 57 high quality, easy-to-maintain apartments for assisting seniors to age in place.

The Bothwell Street complex of modern one-bedroom apartments, designed by leading architect and interior design firm Arkhefield, is Queensland’s first project dedicated to providing new and purpose-built replacement homes for seniors in under-occupied public housing.

 

Australasian Housing Institute - Outstanding Achievement Award 2015 - Andrew Black, Business Analyst

Australasian Housing Institute (AHI) – Outstanding Achievement Award celebrates a housing professional who has made a strong impact on social housing, and who’s work has demonstrated the enormous difference one person can make to the housing profession.

We are exceptionally proud of our team member Andrew Black for receiving the 2015 AHI Queensland Outstanding Achievement Award for his contribution to BHC. Andrew has been an integral member of the BHC team, and his industrious and diligent work as Development Financial Analyst is behind each and every home and tenant outcome BHC has achieved in its 13 years.

 

 

Illuminating Engineering Society - Award of Excellence for Lighting Design 2015 - Bowen Court, New Farm

BHC’s Bowen Court at New Farm took out the Illuminating Engineering Society – Award of Excellence for Lighting Design in 2015 for the buildings innovative and effective inclusion of lighting features targeted to assist mobility and reduce costs for seniors.

“Projects like this one will allow seniors on low to moderate incomes, many of which who have lived in the inner-city for many years, to remain part of their communities instead of being forced out by rising rent”. – Tim Mander – Former Queensland Minister for Housing & Public Works.

 

 

Planning Institute of Australia - National Hard Won Victory Award 2014 - Syrah Apartments, Mitchelton

This award is for a planning initiative, effort or leadership that has resulted in positive planning outcomes in the face of difficult or trying circumstances.

BHC’s Syrah ticks all the boxes when it comes to hard-won victories, with a demonstrated community need delivered despite significant opposition to original schemes. These challenges were eventually resolved through substantial engagement and a demonstrated willingness to accommodate change.

The result has been an affordable housing development that has provided a lasting and positive legacy for the local business community, embraced by many existing residents and that is responsive to the needs of those who most require it.

 

 

PowerHousing Australia Award - Excellence in Tenant Engagement & Social Inclusion 2014 - Bonney Lane Tenant Engagement Program

PowerHousing Australia’s Excellence in Tenant Engagement and Social Inclusion Award recognises outstanding programs contributing to tenant enrichment, encompassing social inclusion within the local community and resulting in community development.

The Bonney Lane Tenant Engagement Program commenced as an initiative of the Under One Roof consortium to explore methods of sustaining tenancies and creating opportunities for positive tenant outcomes. The project was jointly funded by Under 1 Roof and BHC.

The following objectives were clarified for the Bonney Lane project:

  • To strengthen the community within the buildings
  • To link people with recreational opportunities and the wider community
  • To ensure people who need support have access to support
  • To develop the skills of the workforce to engage tenants
  • To better sustain tenancies and measure tenancy sustainment.

 

Planning Institute of Australia - Queensland Hard Won Victory Award 2013 - Syrah Apartments, Mitchelton

This award is for a planning initiative, effort or leadership that has resulted in positive planning outcomes in the face of difficult or trying circumstances.

BHC’s Syrah ticks all the boxes when it comes to hard-won victories, with a demonstrated community need delivered despite significant opposition to original schemes. These challenges were eventually resolved through substantial engagement and a demonstrated willingness to accommodate change.

The result has been an affordable housing development that has provided a lasting and positive legacy for the local business community, embraced by many existing residents and that is responsive to the needs of those who most require it.

 

 

 

Australasian Housing Institute - National Winner - Leading Asset Management Award 2013 - Caretaker Diploma Program

BHC has recognised the value of on-site caretakers at a number of their larger complexes. In acknowledging that no specific training was available to accommodate the unique needs of caretakers who combine the responsibility for managing a significant asset along with being a point of contact and assistance to tenants, BHC embarked on working with a registered training provider to establish a custom designed training program.

Staff from registered training organisation, Sarina Russo, worked with BHC staff to tailor a program that would meet the diverse needs of our caretakers. A Diploma of Management program was established that met the needs of both Diploma curriculum requirements as well as the job training requirements of the team.

 

 

Australasian Housing Institute - Queensland Winner - Leading Asset Management Award 2013 - Workforce Participation Program

BHC’s Workforce Program at Bonney Lane, Fortitude Valley enabled tenants to establish themselves in studio apartments whilst they prepared to undertake study and/or seek employment.

Tenants were able to utilise a period of 12 months to stabilise their circumstances and establish a path to employment, so to achieve income and housing stability. Eleven of the sixteen participants had sustained their tenancies at Bonney Lane at the end of the project: eight as a result of gaining employment and three by being granted a Disabilty Support Pension.

 

 

Australasian Housing Institute - Queensland Leading Housing Project 2013 - Century Apartments

Century Apartments project was an innovative joint venture between BHC and another community organisation, Queensland Cricketers’ Club (QCC). It also incorporated a proportion of government funding which has helped to ensure its ongoing social sustainability. The quality architectural design was delivered on time and on

The quality architectural design was delivered on time and on budget. Century delivers spacious, thoughtful design which seamlessly integrates with the streetscape. The results are a strong ‘liveability’ factor, exceptional sales rates and a UDIA award for a Medium-Large Density Development in 2012.

 

 

Brisbane Master Builders Housing & Constructions Awards Low-Rise Multi-Residential Housing (Townhouses) 2013 – Cargo Apartments

BHC’s Cargo on Musgrave at Coopers Plains has been named the best Low-Rise Multi-Residential Housing (townhouses) development at the Brisbane 2013 Master Builders Housing and Construction Awards.

The $27 million project features a mix of 13 architect designed three-bedroom townhomes – which are now sold out – and 56 one, two and three bedroom apartments, with a good selection remaining available.

 

 

Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) Queensland Job and Froud Award for Residential Architecture 2013 - Multiple Housing - Greensquare, Fortitude Valley

Greensquare has been BHC’s endeavour to optimise the form and amenity of its affordable housing program, developed over several years of research and project implementation in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.

All of the 78 apartments are arranged around a full height atrium which is daylit from above and naturally ventilates the building. The atrium is layered with vertical gardens and seating nooks such that it performs at each level as a core social space, protected from a relative hostile railway and connector street environs.

The architecture is created by alternating solid and translucent panels, the latter wrapping over the roof to envelope the atrium which forms the residents’ retreat and communal heart.

 

 

Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) Queensland Harry Marks Award for Sustainable Architecture 2013 - Greensquare, Fortitude Valley

Greensquare has been BHC’s endeavour to optimise the form and amenity of its affordable housing program, developed over several years of research and project implementation in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.

All of the 78 apartments are arranged around a full height atrium which is daylit from above and naturally ventilates the building. The atrium is layered with vertical gardens and seating nooks such that it performs at each level as a core social space, protected from a relative hostile railway and connector street environs.

The architecture is created by alternating solid and translucent panels, the latter wrapping over the roof to envelope the atrium which forms the residents’ retreat and communal heart.

 

 

Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) President's Award 2012

Urban Development Institute of Australia - Winner for Medium to Large Density Development 2012 - Century, Kangaroo Point

Urban Development Institute of Australia - Finalist for Excellence in Affordable Housing 2012 - Richmond, Bowen Hills

 

 

Urban Development Institute of Australia - Winner for Urban Renewal 2011 – Syrah, Mitchelton

Urban Development Institute of Australia - Finalist for Small Residential Subdivision 2010 - Earnshaw Haven, Nudgee

Urban Development Institute of Australia - Finalist for Affordable Housing 2010 – Aris, Newstead

 

 

Urban Development Institute of Australia - Winner for Excellence in Affordable Housing 2008 - Danby Lane, Nundah

Urban Development Institute of Australia - Finalist for Excellence in Affordable Housing 2008 - Tom Burns Place, Paddington

Urban Development Institute of Australia - Winner for Excellence in Affordable Housing 2007 - Hartopp Lane, Kelvin Grove

Urban Development Institute of Australia - Finalist for Large Medium Density Development 2007 - Hartopp Lane, Kelvin Grove

Urban Development Institute of Australia - Finalist for Large Medium Density Development 2006 - Ramsgate Street, Kelvin Grove

Urban Development Institute of Australia - Finalist for Large Medium Density Development 2006 - Warry Street, Fortitude Valley

Urban Development Institute of Australia - Winner for Excellence in Affordable Housing 2005 - Ashton Street, Camp Hill