“The opportunities for luxury living continue to grow at The Russley Village, with foundations about to be poured for The Ashley Suites,” says Village Manager Wayne Thompson.
The Ashley Suites will host resthome and hospital level care and the top floor will contain eight serviced apartments, enabling residents to receive resthome level care in their home if required.
Completed only last December, the Sefton Apartment complex is almost fully occupied with one bed apartments still available. The Sefton Block is home to the glorious 15m x 9m swimming pool and spa pool.
The residents of the existing country estate style 47 villas and 63 spacious apartments (one, two and three bedrooms), have a short stroll to the fully licensed Abode Café and Brasserie, the boutique cinema and the Pavilion which contains cardio room, group exercise space for indoor bowls, low impact exercise classes and dancing. The bowling green is soon to be upgraded which will allow its use for croquet – hoops will be able to be inserted into the green!
“The Russley Village sets a new standard for retirement villages – in terms of physical design, architectural individuality, social variety and quality of care,” Wayne says. “Demand is high, which means people need to plan ahead if they would like to join our warm and inclusive community. So book a visit, finishing with coffee in the café then a stroll around our award-winning gardens.”
We recently wrote about the importance of fostering caring and inclusive communities as key to aged care design. IKON Architects believes strongly in this philosophy, so it has been rewarding to exercise our expertise and passion for creating quality retirement facilities, working with Bupa and Armitage Williams Construction designing the final stages of the Bupa Parkstone Retirement Village.
On the corner of Peer Street and Athol Terrace in Ilam, it includes three apartment blocks and a new dedicated Community Centre, featuring a large glazed community lounge, café, indoor pool and gym. This building links the existing community lounge with the refurbished main entry foyer and outdoor courtyard space, creating a central communal hub for the entire village community to enjoy.
The development will add approximately 140 new apartments to the site. Apartments are becoming more popular for retirement villages, with the higher density allowing for a larger, more diverse resident population, fostering a sense of community and greater security.
Standardised apartment planning and the innovative use of residential materials also results in high quality, low maintenance units that fit in with their residential context, without the worry or hassle of garden upkeep. In fact, here residents will be able to enjoy the landscaped communal outdoor areas designed by the team of Sean Dixon and Brad Parkes of Design Squared Landscape Architects.
With the first block of apartments now under construction and the community centre soon to commence, IKON Architects is excited to be a part of the final stages of what will be one of the city’s largest retirement villages.
When it comes to sourcing retirement facilities for your loves ones, not surprisingly quality is front of your mind. As soon as you arrive at the Lady Wigram Retirement Village, it’s clear this is a unique model of retirement living and one that is all about lifestyle.
Owned by the Golden Healthcare Group, the concept for the $100 million retirement village was launched post-quake, with the first stage of 101 villas opening in 2015.
This year the development at 210 Kittyhawk Avenue has moved one step closer to completion, with the opening of 16 new apartments and a community centre dubbed The Club House, featuring a restaurant, bar,
billiard room, movie theatre and library.
The next stage of Lady Wigram is also now well underway, and will offer another 14 apartments, a swimming pool, spa and gym. When completed, there will be 73 apartments, a rest home, a dementia facility and a hospital.
Golden Healthcare Group purchased the 5.7ha Lady Wigram site in 2013 from Ngāi Tahu Property, the developer of The Landing – the $40 million central hub of the Wigram Skies subdivision, at the heart of which is an architecturally designed town square and a collection of restaurants, cafés, retail and mixed-use community space. Not only is Lady Wigram a short walk from The Landing, it is also just a short drive to Hornby Mall, the Hornby Working Men’s Club and the city.
Everything about the retirement village speaks of the quality and attention to detail this service provider brings to the table, with this resort-style living piquing the interest of a younger demographic.
“In our experience, a lot of people are choosing to move into retirement village life earlier because they recognise the benefits of the ease of living and it allows them greater freedom and more social interaction,” owner John Tooby says.
“This means that it’s really important for us to provide amenities that help residents to socialise and keep active. More and more, retirement villages are becoming communities within their own right.”
Golden Healthcare Group already provides dementia, aged care and mental health support at seven other facilities, employing 259 staff and cares for approximately 350 residents.
Donna Monk is the Sales Consultant at Elmswood Retirement Village and, although she is not a resident there, it feels like a second home.
Donna, why is Elmswood special?
Our residents love our location. We are central, so families from a great range of suburbs find it easy to visit. Access is great for our residents too: close to shops and services and on a good bus route. Our mini-buses go out several times a week, on shopping trips, for lunches, or on scenic drives. Our village is a cosy, comfortable and safe base from where journeys as adventurous or as gentle as you like can begin!
What happens each day in the village for the residents to get involved with?
We offer an ever-changing range of entertainment and activities every week – the concerts and garden tours are very popular. Everyone chooses their own level of involvement in the social life – you can be as busy or as private as you choose.
At what age would people ideally think about moving to Elmswood Village?
Our youngest residents are around 80; any time between then and 85 is a great time to come and see our village, even if it is a future plan. We offer gorgeous villas, assisted living in apartment studios, rest home care and hospital care. We have our own full time registered nurse and a weekly GP clinic. We are privately and locally owned with a family feel; we’re not too big and our staff love knowing every single resident by name.