Aspirations for the age-friendly community being developed by the AVEO Group at Springfield were centered on the creation of a new dementia-friendly Residential Aged Care and Independent Seniors’ Living Village. The site lies within the Springfield Health City adjacent to the Mater Private Hospital and has an area of 9.8 hectares. When fully developed in 20 years’ time the village will be home for between 4000 and 5000 residents.
To be known as the Springfield Age Friendly Community this was a unique opportunity for Marchese Partners to “get it right” from the very beginning. As master planners for the whole village we had the opportunity to not only ensure that the housing and associated facilities were dementia-friendly, but also the village roads, pathways, parks, signs, shops, services and infrastructure and as well to influence the rest of Springfield Health City to ensure that as far as possible the whole of the future Health City became a dementia-friendly place.
The design ethos centred on ensuring that the future residents would have the ability to live in their own home within this new community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level. Streetscapes, parks and Building A which formed part of the Stage One works now under construction exemplify this disciplined design approach. This stage will deliver 66 independent living apartments, communal spaces, a sales and marketing suite, a café and provision for future retail to activate the streetscape. An important component of this initial phase was the design of the “entry statement” for the whole village. The design of this element has exploited the site contours by the integration of soft and hard landscape features so as to become an “urban marker” for the whole village and set the standards for “place making” at the Springfield Age Friendly Community.
The initiation of Aveo’s retirement village at Springfield began on Friday April 29th, with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk turning the first sod on the site. When completed the village will offer an array of living options including independent living units, medium care healthy-living units, dementia-friendly aged care, and respite facilities.
Having undertaken the master planning Marchese Partners was then responsible for the detailed design of the first seniors building to be realised, the main entry park and surrounding street network. The 20-year development will play a critical role in meeting the housing, lifestyle, health and aged-care needs of Springfield’s growing seniors’ community. The ceremony was attended by Frank Ehrenberg and Simon Johnson from our Brisbane office.
At the turning ceremony Queensland’s Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said, “In 20 years’ time, around 105,000 Queenslanders will call Springfield home, and based on statewide predictions, 20% of them will be over 65 years of age.” Aveo Group CEO Geoff Grady said, “We are proud to deliver Australia’s largest inter-generational retirement village to the broader Brisbane community and demonstrate our commitment to redefining retirement living for the seniors of today and the future through ongoing innovation and care.” For more information contact Frank Ehrenberg.