A day-centre for adults with disability
Able Australia has for some 50 years been a leading provider of disability services and community support to help adults and seniors to live the life they choose. Some of their programs are centre-based, and the recently opened Northcote Day Services, in Melbourne, is a day-centre for adults with disability.
Architecture & Access was engaged to assist with the creation of the Northcote Day Services centre. Architecture & Access provided architectural services and access advice for the adaptation of the existing commercial/industrial building to suit the particular needs of Able Australia’s clients, their carers, and staff.
The building has a floor area of almost 700 square metres, providing ample space for a range of activities including art therapy, music, cooking, sensory experiences and relaxation, and an accessible laundry; generous-sized changing rooms are provided for client use. The large kitchen is equipped with adjustable-height cooking benches and preparation tables to suit all abilities and is planned to be used for functions. A covered outdoor area is to be developed as a sensory garden.
Whilst many of the clients will arrive by car or bus, the Hub is located opposite the Northcote Metro station, providing opportunity for independence.
Architecture & Access is pleased to have Able Australia as a major client for a range of projects including SDA housing and supported accommodation in Melbourne and Brisbane.