One of Australia’s best known senior living industry architectural firms has won the tender to design a ground-breaking Australian first dementia village in Glenorchy.

From the 16 architectural firms who submitted an expression of interest, Melbourne architectural firm, Thomson Adsett, has been selected as the project architects for the Korongee village.

Glenview Community Services CEO Lucy O’Flaherty said after an extensive application process, Thomson Adsett’s strong working knowledge of dementia care design and future trends in international markets made them a standout choice to receive the tender.

“From the original submitting firms, four were identified as having the prerequisite skills and experience for the project and were invited to submit a design proposal to a specific design brief,” Ms O’Flaherty said.

Submissions were then assessed against Glenview’s selection criteria that included dementia and aged care design experience and demonstrated success in innovative residential care and small-scale neighbourhood design.

“During the presentation process, it became clear that Thomson Adsett were well versed in their knowledge of innovative dementia care design and, importantly, how a dementia care facility should operate,” Ms O’Flaherty said.

“While Thomson Adsett is a mainland based firm, to ensure an appreciation of the unique Tasmanian environment, they have engaged the services of a local architect who has been studying dementia design as well as Tasmanian subject matter expert representative.”

Thomson Adsett are one of Australia’s best-known seniors living industry architectural specialists, recently taking out the top position in Building Design’s World Architecture 100 in the global elderly living sector for 2017. The firm has directed over 1,000 projects in Australia and internationally and brings 30 years of local and global experience to the Korongee project.

The Korongee project is a partnership between Glenview, HESTA, Social Ventures Australia and to be built with the assistance of the Commonwealth Government, with the village structure to be based on a typical Tasmanian streetscape that allows residents to feel at home and wander freely within a safe and supported environment.