RETIREMENT LIFESTYLE AND CARE PROFILE
OUR LORETO LADY OF THE SACRED HEART
5 KYABRA STREET
MASONIC CARE QUEENSLAND
AGED CARE, SANDGATE
RESIDENTIAL AGED CARE, SANDGATE
INDEPENDENT LIVING APARTMENTS, SANDGATE
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OUR VISION IS TO CREATE AN INSPIRED FUTURE WITH BEAUTIFUL, AUTHENTIC AND CONSIDERED PROJECTS THAT IMPROVE THE WAY PEOPLE WORK, LEARN AND LIVE.
Gray Puksand is an Australian architecture and integrated design practice with studios in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. The human experience is at the heart of everything we create. Working across multiple sectors, from education and commercial architecture to workplace and retail design, our design process begins with investigating and truly understanding our clientsâ€™ desires and aspirations. We employ our extensive knowledge, research and excellence in design to create future-proof environments. Individually, we are accomplished, curious, imaginative designers. Collectively, we are a diverse national team, applying a consistent design methodology to deliver successful projects for our clients and the people who inhabit them.
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WE STRIVE TO PROVIDE RETIREMENT LIFESTYLE AND CARE SOLUTIONS THAT EXCEED THE NEEDS OF OUR CLIENTS.
In the aged care industry, providers rely heavily on the experience of their consultants, expecting expertise and leadership in developing design solutions that provide innovative, flexible and cost effective solutions. We offer our extensive experience gained over thirty years in the industry. Collaborating with both not-for-profit and for-profit clients, we have designed residential aged care facilities that cater for low care, high care and dementia care, often in combination with independent living units providing duplex, triplex, village, and multi-level apartment living for all budgets and lifestyles. Designing a unique and exceptional experience that meets and exceeds the expectations, needs and desires of the residents, staff and owner is our primary goal.
Our approach is to ensure that our solutions are sound and well informed. Our Innovation Programme keeps our team abreast of new trends and precedents, both nationally and internationally, adding a layer of market intelligence to our development of concepts. We attend and participate at industry conferences and seminars, and seek out external training opportunities to advance our knowledge and understanding of the aged care sector. We have visited numerous sites and are aware of the variety of service delivery, standards and expectations of many providers. We are an industry member of Leading Aged Services Australia and actively participate in the advancement of the industry.
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FIELD HOUSE A LIVING SCULPTURE SET IN SMALL BLOCK IN AN ESTABLISHED SUBURB OF MELBOURNE.
Field House creates delight in its amorphous architecture through the arrangement of planes that appear to float and connect in unexpected ways. Designed for empty nesters looking to downsize before retirement, underlying the conceptual framework of Field House is the desire to make a happy house for the occupants and their changing family dynamic. Using passive design principles to maintain comfort, interior finishes are kept to a minimum and selected for easy living.
Ample storage minimises clutter. The ground floor serves as the primary living zone, with ancillary spaces provided above and below this level via centralised stairs and lift. The low maintenance interior, exteriors and garden allow the occupants to enjoy relaxing weekend pursuits. Field House explores the experience of manipulated space, a field is created which attempts to overcome traditional interpretations of ‘outside’ and ‘inside’, in a field where the occupant can engage in Space which is Striated and Sandwiched. It creates delight with curves and the play of shapes.
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“THIS PROJECT ENABLED US TO GET OURSELVES ORGANISED FOR THE NEXT PHASE OF OUR LIVES, TO CREATE AN EASY LIVING, LOW MAINTENANCE HOME WITH ADEQUATE SPACE FOR RETURNING CHILDREN, VISITING FRIENDS, AND ULTIMATELY POTENTIALLY GRANDCHILDREN. ”
The design creates delight with curves and the play of shapes; in particular the crescent shapes which are carved into the ends of walls. Screens, skylights and glazing result in shapes and shadows in constant movement throughout the day. This project investigated how to make effective use of a small site that has a narrow width and a short depth.
The architecture provides screening and privacy to neighbours and makes effective use of natural ventilation and daylight with carefully positioned sliding doors. Full height glazing at the north and south facades allow natural light to flood in and cooling breezes to find their way through the home. Efficient control of sun and heat throughout the house is a result of the inherent design philosophy which facilitated a natural, sustainable response.
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5 KYABRA STREET A DENSE URBAN SETTING, THE PARTIAL REUSE OF AN EXISTING BUILDING AND A DYNAMIC BRIEF RESULTED IN A CONTEMPORARY MIXED USE BUILDING WITH A STRONG PRESENCE, ARTICULATED FACADES AND VARIOUS SPACES.
This vibrant new inner city destination offers ground level retail, three levels of strata office suites and also residential apartments on the upper two floors. Designed to cater for multi-generational living, the luxury apartments provide a secure and manageable environment within the local community with features that are specific to a variety of needs and lifestyles.
Covered balconies offer maintenance free outdoor living areas with beautiful views over the city. Accessible by central stairs and lift, residents have access to corporate car stackers which aided in boosting the overall car parking numbers. Featuring a two level podium and tower component, with standing seam metal cladding and aluminum composite panel eyebrows over the windows facing the street, the buildingâ€™s distinctive design harmonises with surrounding well-known buildings and retail centres.
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“THE LUXURY APARTMENTS PROVIDE A SECURE AND MANAGEABLE ENVIRONMENT WITHIN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY WITH FEATURES THAT ARE SPECIFIC TO THE EMPTY NESTER’S NEW NEEDS AND LIFESTYLE. ”
At ground level, the new restaurant Giannis Kitchen by renowned restaurateur Gianni Greghini of Gusto da Gianni & Belvedere Bar & Grill and the accompanying landscaping guarantees 5 Kyabra Street is a welcomed local destination within the rejuvenated Newstead.
Joint Venture Clients, White Property Group and Pellegrino Group are delighted with the new 5 Kyabra Street and as to date, the office suites are 100% sold and the luxury apartments have achieved a 100% occupancy rate.
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MASONIC CARE QUEENSLAND SANDGATE MASONIC CARE QUEENSLAND IS A NOT FOR PROFIT AGED CARE PROVIDER AND A GRAY PUKSAND CLIENT FOR OVER 40 YEARS.
The largest Masonic Care Queensland (MCQ) aged care facility and in its time, one of the largest in Queensland, Masonic Care at Sandgate (now Regis Sandgate) boasts contemporary aged care facilities and continuum of care for retirees. As residentâ€™s care needs change, they can be catered for within the same community. Over time, this complex facility has evolved and expanded many times. Surrounding properties purchased progressively with plans to renew and increase the density of this now entire suburban block.
We have also assisted MCQ in the design of support facilities including accreditation upgrades, new centralised commercial laundry, commercial kitchen and main dining buildings, the main administration offices and options for repurposing outdated facilities. Gray Puksand prepared the initial master plan designs for the ongoing development of this site, including development approval for a new 150 bed Residential Aged Care Facility and instigated the initial concepts for three Independent Living Apartment towers.
Gray Puksand has performed a broad variety of roles at this site, from designing accommodation for 460 high and low care beds, 50 dementia care beds and 19 independent living units.
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MASONIC CARE QUEENSLAND AGED CARE, SANDGATE GRAY PUKSAND HAS DESIGNED SEVERAL DEMENTIA CARE FACILITIES AND THIS PROJECT IS ONE OF OUR LARGEST.
DESIGN DOCUMENTATION AND CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION
Griffith Cottages Aged Care, now Regis Sandgate â€“ Griffith has 50 beds dedicated to the high quality care of those with dementia. Warm and welcoming environments, the four buildings comprise of two 15 bed houses and two 10 bed houses. Each low scale building has its own living, dining, laundry and kitchen to provide a home like therapeutic atmosphere within the larger complex.
All buildings link to a common therapy and community building which has its own private courtyard, encapsulated in safe landscaped and fenced surrounds. After extensive research, the design allows for residents with differing classifications of dementia to be housed together harmoniously.
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MASONIC CARE QUEENSLAND RESIDENTIAL AGED CARE, SANDGATE GRAY PUKSAND HAS DESIGNED SEVERAL RESIDENTIAL AGED CARE FACILITIES AND THIS PROJECT IS ONE OF OUR LARGEST.
50 NO OF BEDS
INITIAL DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT APPROVAL
The object of this project was to provide the initial design and development approval of Stage 1, a high quality and contemporary residential facility with four wings which would provide both flexible care and dementia services. This new facility would ultimately replace out dated buildings that would enable their renewal and repurposing to meet current needs. Our team allowed for common standard room size and services to be utilised throughout with increased size and detail for extra service residents.
Planning also allowed for each house section the flexibility to efficiently change the level of care without a change to construction, for example from high care to dementia care. The new design utilised a recently constructed central commercial kitchen and existing laundry services on the site. Maximising the Sandgate site, we allowed for improved connectivity to an existing high care facility and proposed a modern street facing exterior design which would act as at the main entry to the site.
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MASONIC CARE QUEENSLAND INDEPENDENT LIVING APARTMENTS, SANDGATE
54 2+1 UNITS
INITIAL DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT APPROVAL
Stage 2 of the Master Plan to further maximise the Sandgate siteâ€™s potential included the provision of three independent living apartment towers with landscaped surroundings and enhanced community services.
Our team proposed future proof buildings that would utilise new technology to provide for a secure and connected retirement community and implement responsible principles in order to achieve social and financial benefits.
We provided the design and obtained the original development approval for a high quality and higher density retirement living over four floors with 54 accessible apartments with two beds plus study and secure undercover parking.
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CHARLOTTE AND MARY AS BABY BOOMERS INCH CLOSER TO RETIREMENT, THE DEMAND FOR ACCOMMODATION THAT ENABLES THEM TO REMAIN IN THEIR EXISTING COMMUNITIES IS SET TO RISE.
26,650 SQUARE METRES
Gray Puksand was engaged by Cromwell Property Group to design and coordinate a costed feasibility plan to convert Health House and Forestry House, two existing 1980s office buildings into a vertical retirement village with integrated aged care.
With an aim to provide the best outcome for the reuse of these buildings at Mary and Charlotte Streets in the heart of Brisbaneâ€™s CBD, three options were presented.
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The first concept involved developing the buildings solely as a vertical retirement village that offered 192 units in a variety of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom configurations with integral community facilities for the residents. The second option provided a reduced quantity of 102 retirement units plus a variety of other uses including an 83 place child care facility, a 93 bed aged care facility, with transitional care and assisted living units and separate community facilities, and significant spaces for community care facilities, allied health and retail provided.
A third similar option provided additional floors for 48 high-end residential units. Considerable effort was given to incorporating sustainable services for the future viability of the project. Ultimately proving the viability of the project, advice was sought from specialist consultants in this sector to define the brief and set the parameters for the design, including marketing, business and operations, quantity surveying, planning, structure and services.
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DISCUSSION THE RISE OF VERTICAL AGED CARE A NEW MODEL OF RETIRMENT LIVING HAS A CREATED A DEMAND FOR CENTRALLY LOCATED FACILITIES. CREATING NEW FACILIITIES IN AN AREA WITH A HIGHER URBAN DENSITY WE MUST START THINKING VERTICALLY.
In Australia, the aged care and retirement village models are highly regulated and until recently there has been little variation in the product or services offered. The regulations governing Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF) and Retirement Villages (RV) place restrictions on the land they occupy, hence why RACFs are often co-located with RVs on separate land titles. The Vertical Retirement Village (VRV) model allows diversity of occupancies in a multistorey building difficult to achieve elsewhere. In Australia, Vertical Retirement Villages are usually limited to the outskirts of major cities where land is cheaper than in the City.
The potential exists to introduce vertical retirement villages into CBD locations by re-purposing existing buildings. New A Grade office developments draw tenants from older B & C Grade properties and often these empty buildings then need refurbishment, with some being suitable for conversion as residential towers. Gray Puksand suggests an alternative new life for these towers could be as a Vertical Retirement Village. This development could be run by a single Aged Care Operator, or by several specialist Sector Operators as tenants to the Building Owner.
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RETIREMENT LIVING APARTMENTS PLAN
Many Aged Care and RV Operators diversify the services they provide using an integrated delivery model, with an RACF, an RV and a Community Care Centre, providing services to the elderly not only on site but also to the surrounding neighbourhood. Providing Community Care in a CBD development would allow an Operator the opportunity to provide services to potential customers living in the CBD, which in turn could encourage further retirement living developments in the CBD. A Residential Aged Care Operator is typically capable of delivering multiple levels of care to a variety of residents, all of whom would benefit having family in close proximity in the city. The opportunity exists to provide predominantly High Care and Dementia Care, Assisted Living Units, Respite Care in all categories, dedicated Palliative Care Suites and possibly catering for the young with early on-set Dementia.
A VRV development would be convenient for workers in the CBD, with family requiring care or retirement accommodation, to visit at lunchtime or after work. This accessibility for the family is a major consideration when the selecting a respite or palliative care facility, which could also be accommodated in this building. The CBDs are public transport network hubs, with nearby shopping and services available, providing attractions for potential staff, improving the pool from which an Operator can draw, as well as supporting a variety of allied health services such as Doctors, Pharmacist, therapists and specialists, that also would be provided within the building. Gray Puksand suggests providing a Child Care Centre for over 60 children that would likely be located at a podium level with outside play and landscaping. There is considerable European experience where multi-generational houses (in Germany known as Mehrgenerationenhausen) incorporate a kindergarten and a social centre for the elderly, providing social benefits for both parties.
If a large enough site could be located there would also be the opportunity to provide typical CBD residential accommodation in the building, thereby becoming a true multi-generational development. This building typology, where a tower is refurbished, would typically require total vacancy of the building and would afford the opportunity to replace lifts and upgrade services. It would therefore be worthwhile investigating the feasibility of adding floors or increasing floor area in order to add significant value and extend the life of the asset. Gray Puksand believes that local authorities in most cities would be keen for this type of development to occur, and with some common sense in the selection of the building could reap urban planning credits, as well as being socially responsible in re-purposing and recycling valuable resources.
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NINIAN STEPHEN CHAMBERS
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