DESIGN IS ON THE BALL
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.