The project involved the provision of seniors and assisted living in an integrated development within the suburban centre of Golden Grove. The site is separated from a nearby residential development on one side and a nearby adjacent college. The client aimed to provide intergenerational connections between the aged care community, college and the broader community. The proposal involved the construction of multi-level residential buildings which would be accessible to the public and college via links to the surrounding street network and through the school itself.
The size of the site was a key challenge. The client wished to maximise site use, but the site was not suitable for a full continuum of care from independent living to fully supported care. In addition, the site characteristics have been challenging – both the sloping site and the awkward shape of the site. The sloping site also required complex civil works to reduce delivery risks.
The design seamlessly manages the challenges of the site slope and shape. Addressing the site slope and configuration, the design uses over and under villas (split levels) thereby reducing the need for major civil works and maximise site potential. The community amenities are integrated along the main street frontage to invite community access, further activating the facilities and encouraging interaction with the community. The co-location with the school will allow for innovation and further interaction of the Life Care facility with its neighbours and community. In addition, community connections are enhanced by providing a café, gallery, a hairdresser and allied health services, which will be accessible to and utilised by the public and residents of the campus.
The resulting design is an attractive environment that complements the business strip of the Golden Grove main street while providing independence, safety, and comfort for residents.