Integrated design practice GHDWoodhead is taking retirement and aged care design into a new direction with two recent projects recognised as finalists for the prestigious Property Council of Australia Innovation & Excellence Awards.

Working for Australian Unity Retirement Services, GHDWoodhead designed both developments to offer a home-like environment to residents, with minimal institutional feel. Craig Muir, GHDWoodhead’s Retirement and Aged Care Leader, says, “With an ageing society, providing appropriate accommodation is going to be a major challenge over the next 20 years. Our designs cater for the residents’ different levels of abilities and care requirements, while providing plenty of opportunities to stay active and engaged.”

The ground-breaking design of the prestigious Peninsula Grange Retirement Residential Aged Care Facility in Mornington divides the facility into ‘households’ with a more home-like scale and feel. Supported by a meticulous health planning process, this approach encourages a sense of community and empowers residents to enjoy a fulfilling life without compromising operational and clinical considerations.

Karlis Kambala, Senior Development Manager – Australian Unity Retirement Services, says, “GHDWoodhead’s talented retirement living architect has delivered an exceptional design response in accordance with our care model, creating a facility which evokes a sense of the family homestead. Arguably, this building has set the benchmark for future aged care facilities.”

Will Delaney, GHDWoodhead’s Lead Designer for Retirement Living & Aged Care, comments, “Working closely with our clients we are reimagining contemporary retirement living and aged care. From concept design to delivery, our project teams are driven by sustainability, and the needs of the residents and operators.”

GHDWoodhead also realised a new community hub and apartment complex within the existing Victoria Grange retirement village in Melbourne.

The project includes new luxury independent living apartments surrounding a new landscaped courtyard with vegetable gardens. The community hub provides a space for the residents’ social needs, including a swimming pool, a healthcare consulting room, hair salon, games and craft spaces, a cafe and administration offices.