DE­SIGN IS ON THE BALL

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Re­tireAus­tralia has un­veiled plans for an in­no­va­tive ver­ti­cal re­tire­ment vil­lage set on the iconic Fan­cutts Ten­nis Cen­tre site in Bris­bane’s in­ner-north.

Re­tireAus­tralia CEO Alison Quinn said this was the com­pany’s first new devel­op­ment in Bris­bane, with more projects com­ing soon, in­clud­ing at Burleigh Golf Club on the Gold Coast.

“Re­tireAus­tralia owns and man­ages five ex­ist­ing re­tire­ment vil­lages in Queens­land, which the com­pany ac­quired, as well as a fur­ther 22 re­tire­ment vil­lages across New South Wales, Vic­to­ria and South Aus­tralia,” Ms Quinn said. She said Fan­cutts Re­tire­ment Liv­ing would be an eight-storey vil­lage at Lutwyche fea­tur­ing 183 con­tem­po­rary in­de­pen­dent liv­ing apart­ments and 35 care apart­ments for those re­quir­ing a higher level of sup­port.

“Ev­ery as­pect of Fan­cutts has been de­signed for se­niors liv­ing, draw­ing on world-lead­ing re­search from the Univer­sity of Stir­ling to de­liver a state-of-the-art vil­lage that will en­sure res­i­dents en­joy a qual­ity life­style as they age,” she said.

“Age-ap­pro­pri­ate fea­tures in­clude floor­ing that caters to age­ing eyes to pre­vent falls, lu­mi­nance con­trast, cor­rect light lev­els and acous­tics in apart­ments, and age-ap­pro­pri­ate han­dles and tap­ware. Ex­ten­sive com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties en­cour­age res­i­dents to lead more phys­i­cally and so­cially ac­tive lives to im­prove happiness and well­be­ing, while our unique care of­fer­ing en­ables age­ing in place.”

De­signed by lead­ing se­niors liv­ing ar­chi­tects March­ese Part­ners, col­lab­o­rat­ing with the Univer­sity of Stir­ling, Mrs Quinn said much of the Aus­tralian re­search around dementia de­sign was fo­cused on aged-care fa­cil­i­ties, whereas Fan­cutts was de­signed to be a com­mu­nity for res­i­dents at var­i­ous ages and stages.

“Our col­lab­o­ra­tion with the univer­sity has re­sulted in prac­ti­cal de­sign so­lu­tions, un­der­pinned by re­search and anal­y­sis from lead­ing aca­demics, that will im­prove the qual­ity of life for res­i­dents,” she said.

March­ese Part­ners prin­ci­pal Frank Ehren­berg said the de­sign aimed to cre­ate an age-ap­pro­pri­ate and en­abling en­vi­ron­ment. “From the stun­ning ar­rival ex­pe­ri­ence across the Fan­cutts fore­court to the en­try, to the di­verse range of com­mu­nity spa­ces and the light-filled apart­ments, this is ex­tra­or­di­nary,” he said.

Mrs Quinn said Re­tireAus­tralia’s new care of­fer­ing would be­come stan­dard across all the com­pany’s new devel­op­ment projects and would of­fer a di­verse range of ser­vices, in­clud­ing govern­ment-funded and pri­vate care by highly qual­i­fied staff.

“Fan­cutts Re­tire­ment Liv­ing is the flag­ship for Re­tireAus­tralia’s new projects across Aus­tralia and will pave the way for our new care of­fer­ing,” she said.

With 2500sq m, or more than a foot­ball field, of space de­voted to com­mu­nity ar­eas and fa­cil­i­ties, the de­sign pro­vides mul­ti­ple op­por­tu­ni­ties for res­i­dents to so­cialise.

The site is walk­ing dis­tance of Lutwyche City, which is be­ing re­de­vel­oped, and close to med­i­cal and al­lied ser­vices, din­ing and en­ter­tain­ment, and pub­lic trans­port.

Re­tireAus­tralia has un­veiled plans for an in­no­va­tive ver­ti­cal re­tire­ment vil­lage set on the iconic Fan­cutts Ten­nis Cen­tre site in Bris­bane’s thriv­ing in­ner­north. Daphne and Trevor Fan­cutt (be­low) are project am­bas­sadors.

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