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Bacchus Marsh Social Housing

Bacchus Marsh Social Housing


Bacchus Marsh, VIC


Department of Human Services


Morton Dunn Architects


Morton Dunn Architects

Contract Type

Construct Only


Project value


Months to build




  • Demolition and Waste Removal
  • Accessible Amenities

The original public housing facility consisted of aging 1960s units that were in need of upgrading. This project was part of an ongoing plan by the DHS and the Victorian Government to provide more and better quality public and social housing in Victoria.

The project involved the demolition of existing housing and then erecting 23 new units over 3 storeys. These units were designed and purpose-built for older residents with limited mobility and located within easy access to services and transport.

As the development was designed to be fully accessible for older residents with limited mobility, each unit had to include wheelchair access. Internally, each unit was fitted with disabled compliant bathrooms including step-less showers as well as a fully functioning kitchen, living space, and private balcony or courtyard. The 1.5 bedroom units also include a flexi-room that can be used as a carer’s temporary accommodation or as a storage area.

A number of different façade and cladding materials were used on the building giving it a modern and contemporary look. The development also features shared garden beds for residents, landscaped courtyards, solar hot water, rainwater collection for the gardens, sun shading, cross ventilation to all the units, and some double glazed windows.


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