Unison’s Marjorie Oke Apartments recieves Planning Institute Award for Great Place

Designed by FMSA Architecture, Unison’s community housing development in Fairfield, Marjorie Oke Apartments, was recognised winning the 2021 PIA VIC Award for Planning Excellence for Great Place. The annual Planning Institute of Australia Awards demonstrate leading practice, leadership and achievement in planning and the planning profession.

The Marjorie Oke Apartments is a community housing project that combines the adaptive reuse of a heritage building and construction of a new four-storey building to provide self-contained apartments for vulnerable women in Melbourne’s north.

Receiving the Award for Great Place is an acknowledgement of the work Unison has done to retain the cultural and historical interest of the property, while building a place that residents are proud to call home, which sparks an individual sense of pride and contributes to the overall community wellbeing.

Congratulations to Unison on the recognition of their commitment to sustainable communities. FMSA is proud to have been part of this great project alongside Reshape Development and Manresa Constructions.

PIA Citation

The Marjorie Oke Apartments is a social housing project that combines the adaptive reuse of a heritage building and construction of a new four storey building to provide self-contained apartments, overlaid with facilities for direct enterprise support, tenant engagement and community interaction for vulnerable women. The project positively responds to Unison’s desire to strike a pragmatic balance between heritage outcomes and broader urban renewal and social objectives. It builds on a long- established social asset, providing housing for vulnerable women since the 1920s in an inner suburban setting close to a wide range of services and facilities. It demonstrates successful place making and renewal, responding to the changing needs of social housing to create a safe, attractive, and supportive environment for its residents to call home.