Uniting Communities’ first retirement village wins SA architectural award

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Representing a strong strategic decision by any measure, Not For Profit Uniting Communities’ first retirement village is the cornerstone of this $100 million/20-storey development in the heart of Adelaide’s CBD.

Completed last year, it has been awarded the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2020 South Australian Architecture Award for Public Architecture, plus the City of Adelaide prize.

Blending risk with mission, U City is an Australian-first mix of retirement living, specialist short- and long-term disability accommodation, conference and function spaces, offices, social services, and hospitality and retail outlets.

As well as six floors of 41 high-rise retirement apartments, U City is also home to 21 specialist disability accommodation apartments, an 18-apartment bespoke short-stay ‘hotel’ facility equipped for people living with a disability and Adelaide’s first 24/7 Changing Places, a best-practice bathroom for those living with a disability requiring changing facilities in the inner city.

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