BHC has won a coveted Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) QLD Award for Excellence for Affordable Housing for their redevelopment of a former Blue Care retirement village into a thriving inner-city for over 55’s community.
Bowen Court in New Farm has been a blessing for its 51 residents, many of whom would have been forced to move from the popular suburb due to rising rents.
The 1960s building was given an $11 million-dollar facelift thanks to a 2013 Development Agreement between BHC and Queensland’s leading not-for-profit aged care and retirement living service provider, Blue Care.
For tenants like Dave George, 54, a former navy veteran who found himself homeless after battling post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, Bowen Court has been a sanctuary.
“It’s a family here. I don’t think I’ve ever been as happy over the last 30-odd years as I am now”
Bowen Court’s open-living style apartments, attractive communal areas, high-tech security and mobility scooter charging stations were key factors in securing the award, BHC’s second in a row after last year’s win with the popular Caggara House seniors’ development in Mount Gravatt.