Conrad Gargett designs dual-tower aged-care facility in Brisbane

Conrad Gargett has been engaged by aged care provider Ozcare to design a $200 million dual-tower seniors living facility in the Brisbane suburb of Newstead.

The facility will comprise 142 independent living units and a 120-bed residential aged care facility. The towers, 16 and 21 storeys, will sit atop a four-storey podium containing approximately 3,000 square metres of commercial space, parking and a support area for the residential aged-care facility.

The architects said the design aligns with Brisbane City Council’s non-statutory guide on subtropical building design – the New World City Design Guide - Buildings that Breathe – which was published in 2018.

Newstead Ozcare by Conrad Gargett.

Newstead Ozcare by Conrad Gargett.

Image: Conrad Gargett

John Flynn, Conrad Gargett director, said, “A key driver for our project team has been to seamlessly weave the building design into the existing suburban fabric, to deliver a premium mixed-use project, comprising residential, retail and commercial amenities for community benefit. The proposed project will reactivate and enliven this significant Newstead site for residents to age-in-place, and visitors to access and enjoy.

“Fundamental to the design of this project is the delivery of elements that align with Brisbane City Council’s New World City Design Guide - Buildings that Breathe shared design philosophy that addresses living in subtropical South East Queensland. The sustainably designed building has been carefully orientated to maximize natural light, warmth and cross breezes, complemented by the creation of abundant landscaped space and shade.”

The towers will include a number of open spaces for tenants.

“The assembly of the rooftop terraces provides amenities to deliver a range of health and wellbeing activities for residents,” said Flynn. “Generous communal spaces and private balconies will enable residents to embrace an outdoor lifestyle.

“The ground level colonnade creates an active pedestrian space connecting the residential tower, residential aged-care facility and commercial lobbies with the proposed new public park and the existing Waterfront public park. Street-level retail and commercial spaces will be open to the public to access and engage.”

Flynn noted that Brisbane council estimates that a 50 percent increase in seniors living housing options will be needed by 2027, and the council “encourages the delivery of appropriate accommodation enabling Brisbane residents to retire within their own suburb and community. This proposed project has been conceived with care to best achieve this vision in Newstead.”

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