Harbison Dementia Living Wins Award for Excellence in Aged Care Design

Harbison attended the awards for Excellence Gala Dinner held on Thursday, 2 December 2021, at the Star Sydney, celebrating and recognising the best of the best in urban development across NSW & the ACT. Harbison Dementia Living (HDL) at Burradoo won the 2021 UDIA NSW Award for Excellence in Aged Care Design. HDL was designed by Calder Flower Architects and opened in 2020, but the pandemic delayed the awards. This award caps a successful year for Harbison’s redevelopment program, despite COVID-19, and is a credit to everyone who worked on the project over the past 5-years.

“The judges agreed wholeheartedly that if dementia care was required for their relatives, that Harbison in Burradoo would be the most suitable facility. The cottage community is an outstanding example of how peace and tranquility can provide enrichment to those needing care. While many facilities that were visited provided a range of outdoor spaces, Harbison actively promotes outdoor activity for their guests, and this connection with the elements and nature generates a calm that prevails.”
— Urban Development Institute of Australia NSW Judges, 02/12/21

“Harbison Dementia Living expresses the principles on which Harbison care is founded: human rights, person-centred care, reablement, ageing-in-place, and integrated care. We set out to provide people living with dementia with a compelling alternative to their own home: a supportive, dementia-friendly living environment based on small-scale, homelike design. Each household is designed to promote access to the extensive country gardens, and make it easy to navigate to and from the communal living room, dining room, lounge, kitchen, and laundry. At Harbison we take a strength-based approach by focusing on ability instead of disability. That’s why the residents of Harbison Dementia Living are supported to participate in routine daily activities like meals, laundry, and gardening as much as they wish. We are grateful to the UDIA for recognising the careful, evidence-based design with the Excellence in Aged Care award this year. We have carried these same award-winning principles to our recently refurbished Moss Vale home and believe that the accumulated age- and dementia-friendly design expertise of our team will benefit our community for many years to come.”  — Harbison CEO, David Cochran 03/12/21

As architects these awards recognise and reward excellence and innovation across a wide range of categories, including the latest in technology, sustainability, environmental preservation and cutting-edge marketing for residential, industrial and commercial development. Nominees undergo a rigorous process of assessment and evaluation by our independent judges and distinguished industry leaders. Winners are widely acknowledged by the media, community, and peers.

“For us, as Architects who work in the Aged Care space, it is an important recognition of the value of quality design (architecture and Interiors) for ageing communities where full-time care and accommodation is provided It is important for the sector that these developments are valued by the wider public and that they are seen as good places to live.” — Calder Flower Architects MD, Lara Calder


Useful Links

UDIA NSW Crown Group Awards for Excellence 2021

Harbison Demenetia Living by Harbsion page on UDIA website