Australian Unity Gets Approval For New $100M Retirement And Aged Care Village in Auchenflower

Australian Unity is now moving forward with the construction of a $100 million retirement and aged care village project in Auchenflower after getting a green light for the project.

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Prior to Australian Unity’s acquisition of the site in 2021, previous owners received an approval to build a vertical retirement village and residential aged care precinct on the site, located at 9-17 Harriett Street, Auchenflower.

However, Australian Unity has appointed the award-winning Fender Katsalidis to redesign the building to make it more community-focused.

Artist’s impression for the Auchenflower retirement village (Photo credit: Fender Katsalidis)

This redesign aims to meet the increasing demand for aged care facilities in Queensland, providing high-quality accommodation and services that cater to the needs of the ageing population.


Photo credit: Fender Katsalidis

Jessica Lee, the Principal of Fender Katsalidis, has stated that the retirement and aged care village project in Auchenflower showcases the firm’s dedication to human-centric design that enhances the overall well-being of the residents. 

The project’s design is tailored to fit into the local neighborhood, offering a variety of high-quality accommodation options that promote well-being, a sense of belonging, and a strong community spirit.

The retirement village will include 87 independent living apartments and 108 residential aged care units. The latest plans show that there will be one less independent living apartment and two fewer residential aged care units than initially proposed.

Photo credit: Fender Katsalidis

Australian Unity’s retirement village in Auchenflower will occupy a 6897 sqm site and consist of three buildings with heights of three, seven, and ten storeys.

The communal space will expand to almost double its original size, increasing from 570 sqm to 1139 sqm. 

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Along with residential aged care units and independent living apartments, the village will also include a cafe, a hairdresser, a consultation room for medical practitioners, and a rehabilitation gym, ensuring that the residents have access to essential services and facilities.

The Holy Spirit Catholic Church on the subject site will be retained.

Published 14-April-2023