This very successful and highly regarded project was undertaken for The South Australian Housing Trust and has been the recipient of a number of awards indicating the very high standards achieved across a variety of contexts. A high level of amenity has been provided cost effectively that defines a new benchmark in affordable housing and for those less privileged in our community. The existing Afton House consisted of a locally heritage listed set of residential terraces fronting South Terrace in the city that had been allowed to run down over time with other substandard buildings in behind on quite a deep site.
The aim of this project was to fully restore Afton Terraces and construct new accommodation on the land behind to accommodate additional residents. The approved design incorporates two four-storey residential wings linked back to the Afton Terraces, accommodating 96 rooms in a variety of configurations providing short, medium and longer term accommodation. The apartments for longer term residents are self contained with ensuites and a kitchenette. Common areas and amenities are also included in the facility. Within the retained old building is the Reception and Administration area for the whole facility as well as staff amenities and meeting and interview rooms in addition to a number of long stay apartments.
During the design development stages, in association with our consultant team, we thoroughly explored a range of construction alternatives prior to finalising the design. A concrete framed structure was selected as it provided a greater range of options for refurbishing/ recycling the building in the future. A number of ESD initiatives were also incorporated in the design including solar hot water, stormwater collection re-use and construction waste minimisation.
Considerable effort was put into selection of materials and finishes to create a very durable facility with a non institutional homely quality. This extended through to the selections of fittings furniture and equipment (FFE) delivered as an adjunct to the consultancy and resulted in a consistent, coherent and attractive interior.