PRECINCT DE­SIGNED TO IM­PRESS

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Con­struc­tion of a Swiss-in­spired $30 mil­lion in­ter­gen­er­a­tional re­tire­ment precinct has started at Nun­dah.

Lutheran Ser­vices, which has 11 re­tire­ment com­mu­ni­ties across Queens­land, is be­hind the Alon­dra Res­i­dences de­vel­op­ment, which will com­prise 52 apart­ments.

Alon­dra Res­i­dences is the first stage in a larger care and ser­vices de­vel­op­ment, and will in­clude an in-house concierge, on-de­mand health ser­vices, be­spoke re­tire­ment res­i­dences and a neigh­bour­ing aged care ser­vice.

The aged care de­vel­op­ment, which has yet to be named, will be built dur­ing stage two.

“We con­tinue to ex­plore how peo­ple like to live, and have been in­spired by best-prac­tice re­tire­ment liv­ing from Switzer­land, France and Canada – with the Alon­dra Res­i­dences de­sign fos­ter­ing so­cial con­nec­tion,” Lutheran Ser­vices CEO Jac­qui Kelly said.

Ms Kelly said they hoped to “nor­malise” liv­ing en­vi­ron­ments for se­niors, and keep res­i­dents con­nected to their lo­cal com­mu­nity.

She said res­i­dents would be able to ac­cess most, if not all, ser­vices they re­quired at Alon­dra Res­i­dences, but they would also be able to utilise ex­ist­ing neigh­bour­hood ser­vices.

“Alon­dra is be­ing built on the edge of Nun­dah Vil­lage precinct ... Alon­dra is stage one and it will be co-lo­cated with other ex­ist­ing ser­vices and then over the road we will cre­ate an aged care com­mu­nity,” Ms Kelly said.

“The whole over­all precinct has been de­signed to trans­form peo­ple’s ex­pec­ta­tions and ex­pe­ri­ences of aged care.

“We wanted to cre­ate easy liv­ing en­vi­ron­ments rather than rooms where the dom­i­nant piece of fur­ni­ture is the bed.”

The move to­wards re­tire­ment liv­ing and aged care com­mu­ni­ties, rather than fa­cil­i­ties, is the new norm, with Baby Boomer re­tirees more ac­tive, healthy and liv­ing longer than pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions.

De­signed by ar­chi­tects BVN, the firm be­hind numer­ous award-win­ning na­tional and in­ter­na­tional de­signs, Alon­dra will con­tinue the trend to­wards ver­ti­cal re­tire­ment liv­ing, with re­sort-style in­clu­sions. It will be built over seven lev­els, with al­most ev­ery apart­ment com­ing with one se­cure carpark.

BVN prin­ci­pal Mark Grim­mer said the de­sign in­spi­ra­tion came from na­ture, home and com­mu­nity, re­sult­ing in a build­ing that fo­cuses on nat­u­ral air­flow and the out­doors.

“The tree-cen­tred de­sign fea­tures thou­sands of plants, a cas­cad­ing wa­ter wall, re­flec­tion gar­dens and a green rooftop and en­ter­tain­ment fa­cil­ity over­look­ing the city,” Mr Grim­mer said.

“We con­sid­ered innovative de­signs from through­out Europe where re­tire­ment build­ings are em­bed­ded within the com­mu­nity, along­side Bris­bane affordable hous­ing projects that have suc­cess­fully cre­ated their own new com­mu­ni­ties.

“There’s ... wide open cor­ri­dors, a cen­tral pub­lic cafe and land­scaped seat­ing ar­eas, en­cour­ag­ing friend­ships within and out­side the build­ing.”

The pet-friendly de­vel­op­ment will in­clude spa­cious apart­ments, all with mul­ti­ple bal­conies or a private gar­den and a range of ameni­ties in the area.

One bed­room apart­ments start from $430,000.

Ms Kelly said a key ad­van­tage was that couples could stay to­gether, or be colo­cated within the precinct de­pend­ing upon their needs.

Res­i­dents will have an in-house concierge, on-de­mand health ser­vices and se­cure liv­ing through a 24-hour emer­gency call sys­tem and ac­cess to neigh­bour­ing aged care fa­cil­i­ties.

Alon­dra Res­i­dences is seven train stops from Bris­bane’s CBD and is close to pub­lic trans­port and ma­jor road net­works.

Alon­dra Res­i­dences, a Swissin­spired, com­mu­nity liv­ing re­tire­ment vil­lage with a fo­cus on easy liv­ing en­vi­ron­ments, is be­ing con­structed in Nun­dah.

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