Australian Unity Set to Build $100M Retirement Village in Auchenflower Following Approval

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Photo credit: Fender Katsalidis

Australian Unity is set to build its $100M retirement and aged care village in Auchenflower after securing approval for the project.

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The retirement and aged care village in Auchenflower will consist of three buildings. The buildings will be three, seven, and ten storeys high, respectively, and will be constructed on a 6897 sqm property owned by the Catholic Church at 9-17 Harriett Street.

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To transform the development into a community-focused living precinct, Fender Katsalidis has been engaged to enhance the previously approved plans for the project.

Photo credit: Fender Katsalidis

Revised plans presented by Fender Katsalidis indicate a slight reduction in the total number of homes in the proposed retirement and aged care village.

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The new plans for the buildings now include 87 independent living apartments, which is one unit less than the previous approval. 

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In addition, the development will have 108 residential aged care units, which is two suites less than previously proposed. The total area of the development is 18,242 sqm.

However, there is a significant increase in the amount of communal space planned for the aged care village. The communal space will now nearly double in size, from 570 sqm to 1139 sqm, providing more shared spaces for residents.

Photo credit: Fender Katsalidis

According to planners at Urbis, the proposed changes to the Auchenflower retirement village are a response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. 

The new design has been enhanced to ensure a higher quality of resident care and well-being, with a particular focus on the ‘small household’ model of care encouraged by the Commission.

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The Holy Spirit Catholic Church situated on the property will be conserved. Australian Unity purchased the property, which was part of the Greengate portfolio, for $65 million in 2021. 

Published 12-April-2023