Green light for VMCH retirement site

VMCH has received City of Boroondara approval for a retreiment living precinct in Kew, Melbourne.

Victorian not-for-profit aged care and retirement living provider VMCH has received council approval for an independent living precinct in inner-Melbourne.

The group has received a permit from the City of Boroondara for a new retirement living precinct at a 1.6 hectare site at Studley Park in Kew featuring apartments with house-like proportions.  

The development includes 108 luxury apartments, the restoration of three existing heritage buildings, resort-style amenities, expansive green space and a new public café.

After two years of planning and community consultation VMCH CEO Sonya Smart said she was excited to commence work on the project.

“This site has long been a part of our history, and this permit will allow us to bring it back to life. Everything from the precinct’s design through to the way we take it to market and the facilities and services we’ll deliver to residents will push the envelope for retirement living in Australia,” Ms Smart said.

VMCH chief property officer Jason Uzice said downsizing did not mean compromise.

“Every aspect of the design is geared towards an active, social and low-maintenance lifestyle, while delivering the sense of community that is the hallmark of all VMCH projects.”

The design targets high environmental performance including a 7.0-star NatHERS rating average for all apartments with 100 per cent renewable energy, power generation through rooftop solar, rainwater capture and re-use, electric vehicle enabled and passive solar design principles.

The precinct is designed by Woods Bagot and the Landscape Masterplan by award-winning Oculus Studios, which has centred a number of high value trees as part of large green spaces for residents and the public.

Main and inset images: artist images of VMCH’s Studley Park retirement precinct project

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