The Central takes home the ACT’s top property honour

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A development that reimagines retirement living has picked up the ACT’s top property award at the Property Council of Australia’s ACT gala ball and awards night.

The Central, designed by AMC Architecture and owned by Goodwin Aged Care Services, was presented with the Rider Levett Bucknall ACT Development of the Year award.

The Central is located in Crace, Gungahlin, and is a mixed-use development on a compact 1.2-hectare site. The development features apartment and townhouse living, as well as a central clubhouse and ground level commercial tenancies that support both residents and the wider community.

‘As Canberra’s population grows and ages, it is essential that our retirement living sector is enabled to provide a diverse range of housing choices for Canberrans looking to ‘rightsize’ in locations that are connected and underpinned by placemaking principles,’ says the Property Council’s ACT Executive Director Adina Cirson.

‘Goodwin took a risk to develop The Central outside of an established area, and in doing so has shown how retirement living can be the catalyst for an entire community,’ Adina explains.

‘Co-located within the shopping precinct, Goodwin and AMC have designed a model which offers privacy and independence – residents each have their own street address – within a supportive community with services close to hand to meet their changing needs.’

The Central is now vying for the Aurex Group Award for Best Retirement Living Development at the national awards in Sydney on Friday 17 May.

The ACT Development of the Year award is part of the national 2019 Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards program. RLB has partnered with the Property Council to present the awards program since its inception in 1982.

‘Our congratulations go to Goodwin and AMC together with all of the ACT finalists who are helping to shape the future of the nation’s capital and build a liveable, vibrant city that makes us all proud,’ says RLB Director Fiona Doherty.

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