Southern Cross Care wins prestigious industry award for excellence

The winners of the prestigious Urban Development Institute of Australia (SA) Awards for Excellence were announced last week at the development sector’s premier event — the annual UDIA SA Awards Gala at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

Three industry professionals were celebrated for their leadership in urban development and their contributions, while nine developments and projects across both the private and public sectors were celebrated as the State’s most innovative and cutting-edge developments completed in the past year.

Liam Golding, UDIA SA Chief Executive Officer says, “The developments, projects and people that nominated in the 2023 Awards were exceptional and made for a competitive field”.

“At a time when housing supply and affordability is critically low, it is reassuring to see our members delivering an array of housing typologies to meet needs across the full spectrum of the housing market.

Supporting people to age well

South Australia’s ageing population places increased demand and focus on quality developments that support people to age well.

Southern Cross Care has delivered on this, winning the Seniors Living Award for the Oakfield Rise Retirement Estate Community Centre — a large gathering place at the heart of Southern Cross Care’s Oakfield Rise Retirement Estate in Mount Barker.

“The facility offers an array of flexible spaces including a health and wellness centre with gymnasium and treatment rooms, library, games room, lounge and dining areas, café and alfresco spaces.

“The effort Southern Cross Care has put into design in order to engage residents is commendable. This will encourage residents to be active and support them to stay connected through social activities — an incredibly important factor in maintaining health and wellbeing as we age,” says Liam.

Putting South Australia on a national stage

Winners in eligible award categories can be nominated for entry into the National UDIA Awards for Excellence. Winners will be announced at the UDIA National Congress to be held in Melbourne next year.

“These awards are the ideal platform for members to demonstrate their contributions to improving the liveability of South Australia and for us to celebrate the people and organisations that are delivering the most outstanding development projects,” says Liam.

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