Australian Unity to Build $100 Million Retirement Village in Auchenflower

Australian Unity to Build $100 Million Retirement Village in Auchenflower

Australian Unity is set to construct a $100-million retirement and aged care village in Auchenflower. The site was previously part of the Greengate portfolio acquired by Australian Unity in 2021. 



The demand for retirement and aged care development is increasing in Queensland due to its ageing population with projections indicating a significant rise in the number of residents aged 85 years and over.

Australian Unity aims to improve aged care standards and challenge stigmas associated with ageing. With the approval granted, Australian Unity will proceed with the construction of the retirement and aged care village, addressing the needs of Queensland’s ageing population and contributing to the improvement of aged care facilities in the region.

Australian Unity to Build $100 Million Retirement Village in Auchenflower
Photo Credit: Brisbane City Council / developmenti.brisbane.qld.gov.au

The development at 9-17 Harriett Street, Auchenflower, will consist of three buildings rising three, seven, and 10 storeys on a site owned by the Holy Spirit Catholic Church. The existing church will be preserved as part of the project.

The amended plans designed by Fender Katsalidis show a slight reduction in the number of homes compared to the original approval. The development will now feature 87 independent living apartments and 108 residential aged care units. However, the communal space within the village will be significantly increased.

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Australian Unity to Build $100 Million Retirement Village in Auchenflower
Photo Credit: Brisbane City Council / developmenti.brisbane.qld.gov.au

The architectural design includes a high-quality mineral paint finish on the concrete facade, with metal cladding on upper levels to create a recessive shadow line. Meanwhile, Lower levels and the internal courtyard will feature a tactile hand-cut brick. 

Jessica Lee, principal at Fender Katsalidis, emphasised the firm’s commitment to creating a design that enhances residents’ well-being. Lee also underscored the importance of designing retirement living in a manner that fosters favourable and beneficial results for residents, while also ensuring that the design integrates well with the surrounding community.



Lorraine Calder, Australian Unity’s general manager of places, said that the organisation’s goal is to provide quality accommodation that fosters well-being and community. Moreover, Calder expressed that establishing a seamless continuum of care enables elderly individuals to have options for accommodation and care services that offer a sense of security and excellent design outcomes.

Published 20-June-2023