Wattletree Grove Benalla

Snapshot

We invested over $1.7 million of our own funds to build Wattletree Grove

We worked with the six residents to co-design their home

Built to meet the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Specialist Disability Accommodation standards

The project was initiated in 2014, construction was completed in December 2019. Residents moved in during February 2020.

Architecture & Access' promotion of a co-design and client-centered design philosophy fitted well with BeyondHousing and Yooralla’s customer focused approach. This resulted in two homes with very happy residents, homes that the residents can share with their families and friends and are the bricks and mortar to build a community.

- Claire Oliver, Architecture and Access

Resident's design for the new housing.

Wattletree Grove is our new purpose-built accessible home for people with disability in Benalla. Keeping strong friendships together was important when designing and building Wattletree Grove, with the 6 residents moving together from another residential site in Benalla.

We are pleased to partner with Yooralla, who are providing the disability supports to residents.

The 'dream home' was envisioned and co-designed by residents in consultation with Architecture and Access and made real by our $1.7 million investment. This home provides residents with dignity, opportunity, and independence, and as one of the tenants was quick to point out – the space to play AC/DC very loudly without upsetting others.

The residents were involved in the decision-making process from the very beginning, and provided input on design, layout, colour scheme and amenities for their own rooms and for the entire home.

The progressive building design includes six personalised rooms, spacious shared living spaces, tailored outdoor areas, and individualised technological supports in two independent living townhouses. Consideration has been given to environmental and financial sustainability of the property through solar power systems, low-water gardens, water tanks and passive solar design.

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