The new dwellings are designed for independent living, so residents can age in place. To create an inclusive, engaged, healthy and active new retirement community, we will need to provide residents with lifestyle amenity and services such as a club house, gym, and recreation areas.
To create this amenity and offer larger apartments that incorporate Liveable Housing Australia design principles, we need to increase the use of the site. This will necessitate increasing the number of storeys compared with the current buildings, built in the 1950s.
The proposed building, whilst increased in size from the existing building, is in response to designing all apartments in accordance with the Liveable Housing Australia Gold and Silver Standard, ensures adequate provision of ancillary support spaces for at-home care, allied health and wellness services and the various resident’s communal facilities that are central to the community life of retirement living.
Sample of foyer & terrace within our portfolio – Europa on Alma, St Kilda, Victoria
Our assessment is we need to provide at least 40 dwellings to provide the resident services and spaces expected of a modern retirement living community, particularly in New Farm. Therefore we are proposing a contemporary 6-storey building.
Bolton Clarke appreciates that as people age, they look to down-size but not downgrade.
Leading architects Deicke Richards, based in Fortitude Valley, are applying their technical pedigree to create a high-quality building to facilitate healthy and active lifestyles.
We intend to market the project as a premium offer. With larger resident’s communal facilities than many equivalent options, the proposed design incorporates functional areas for Bolton Clarke’s At Home Support service, allied health, wellness and social programs as well as a communal rooftop space for entertaining.
The Deicke Richards design applies Liveable Housing Australia gold and silver design standards to allow future residents to comfortably age in place. This includes wider corridors and spaces that can be modified to support future mobility and lifestyle adjustments.
This is a larger building than the former aged care home, and consideration towards our neighbours is a lead design principle. The neighbour-friendly design includes:
These planned measures are to minimise scale and concerns about ‘overlooking’ neighbours. The new building is designed to include six (6) storeys, presenting as four (4) storeys from the street, as the upper two (2) upper levels will be recessed.
Resident and visitor car parking will be allocated within two (2) basement levels. The ratio of car parking to apartment types will comply with Council requirements, with 53 car parks proposed. Staff car parking is provided to ensure there is no requirement for street car parking.
Just like our other retirement living villages, we expect resident car use to be infrequent. Many residents will walk to local shops and make use of convenient public transport. For the majority of residents, walkability and access to local shops, services, the local bowls clubs and New Farm Park, will be a key reason for choosing to live here.