Why do we need the Nightingale model?
Australia’s population will grow from 22 to 36 million by 2050, which means that 6.5 million new housing units will be required in the next 35 years. We need new housing that integrates access to transport, employment and services, including meeting the needs of Australia’s ageing society and families who want to be located close to the CBD.
Beyond supply, the 2016 Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey found that all five of Australia’s major metropolitan areas (cities with a population of more than 1 million) were 'severely unaffordable' for the 12th year in a row.
What's more, in most Australian cities there are no minimum design standards and the size, quality and design of apartments have been problematic in that many are not designed for living, but rather as a speculative financial asset.
The current status quo model primarily aims to deliver buildings with maximum financial yields, rather than focusing on the people who will live there or their impact on the environment and local communities. Governments, academics and social commentators are all recognising that we need meaningful change for urban societies and their future.
Nightingale Housing is uniquely placed to help deliver tangible, meaningful, visitable and assessable built outcomes across a range of housing types.
We have an opportunity to deliver multi-residential housing in cities that is environmentally sustainable, financially affordable and socially inclusive. What we do can positively impact the urban environment, and promote better health and well-being outcomes.