Development

Unison is an experienced and award-winning social and affordable housing developer, having completed a range of projects, individually and in partnership with other social organisations, as well as local and state governments. 

Our mission is to collaborate to create vibrant, sustainable communities that meet the needs of renters, owners and people who are homeless, by developing, managing and providing access to affordable housing.

Working collaboratively with builders and developers, we aim to reimagine community and strengthen connection between people and place.

We are experienced working with developers and local and state governments during planning, construction and handover of medium to high density apartment developments. We bring together planners, designers, engineers and community residents to get a broader perspective on how buildings and building design works in place.

We work with like minded people to formulate collective ideas and aspirations about what a place/community can be for people from all walks of life, and who share a commitment to provide a quality service.

Unison’s place management approach is a crucial onsite mechanism to help steer all aspects of a development through construction, community engagement, asset design and maintenance. As place managers we immerse ourselves in the detail of the build and forecast maintenance service and life cycle planning requirements. 

To talk to our team about a development project, please contact Unison CEO James King on 03 9349 0250.

 

Photo of the apartment building developed by Unison on Napier St, Footscray

Napier St, Footscray

Project status: Completed in 2020

Unison transformed a run down block of 17 small units into 54 brand new self-contained apartments. All units are let as social housing to people who have experienced or are at risk of homelessness, offering safe and modern homes to people who need it most.

In 2021, Unison won the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) National Award for Excellence for this social housing development in Melbourne's west.

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Photo of Unison's property in Fairfield, showing a modern building on the left and a heritage building on the right

Station St, Fairfield

Project status: Completed in 2021

In just 14 months, Unison entirely revamped a heritage 22-bedroom rooming house and built a new apartment complex on site in Station St, Fairfield, to provide a total of 38 modern self-contained homes for women in need.

While paying respect to the property’s heritage, Unison focussed on improving the quality of accommodation for our tenants.

In 2021, Unison won the 2021 Planning Institute of Australia, VIC Award for Planning Excellence for Great Place for this property.

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Cottrell St, Werribee

Project status: In progress

In April 2021, Victorian Treasurer and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas and Minister for Housing Richard Wynne joined Unison to turn the first sod and celebrate the start of construction of a $30 million new social and affordable housing development in Werribee.

This project, which will deliver 74 new dwellings for vulnerable and disadvantaged Victorians, is particularly significant for the City of Wyndham given its growing housing affordability crisis and lack of social housing.

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Market Rd, Werribee

Project status: Completed in 2021

In December 2021, Unison unveiled new purpose-built supported accommodation for young people in Werribee.

The new building, owned and managed by Unison, is a youth foyer providing accommodation and dedicated case work support for up to two years to young people aged 16 -25 years who are homeless.

The service, delivered in partnership with Melbourne City Mission, aims to prevent adult homelessness and establish young people in safe and secure housing at a critical developmental life stage.

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Bell St, Heidelberg

Project status: In progress

The Victorian Government partners with leading social and affordable housing developer and provider, Unison Housing, to build 42 new homes for vulnerable families in the City of Banyule.

The $18.3 million project will increase the supply of social housing in Melbourne’s inner north with the fast-tracked delivery of 42 modern and spacious apartments, spread across six levels.

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Make Room, Melbourne

Project status: In progress

Make Room is a unique partnership between City of Melbourne, Unison, the Victorian Government and key philanthropic organisations to address the critical needs of people sleeping rough in Melbourne.

The Make Room project will transform a Council-owned building in Melbourne's CBD into a six-storey apartment complex with up to 50 studio apartments to provide short-term supported accommodation for people for up to 12 months with the requisite wraparound supports to prepare and transition people into longer term sustainable housing.

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