GHD Woodhead was commissioned by Australian Unity Retirement Services to deliver the ground breaking Peninsula Grange residential aged care facility. This development incorporates an innovative operational model maximising a homelike environment and minimising the institutional feel.

Set within Australian Unity’s new retirement village on the Mornington Peninsula, we are pleased to have been involved with this important new direction for residential aged care facilities.

The facility has been designed to break down the institutional into the domestic, from the overall facility of 106 beds to houses with 34 beds and household with 17 beds. Through a meticulous health planning process, support areas do not dominate the residents’ spaces, with no compromise to key operational and clinical considerations.

Residents have a choice of quieter lounges and living areas or, depending on their abilities, can venture out of their house to visit friends in one of the other adjoining houses. On the way, they can pick up some flowers at the kiosk, or get their nails done at the beauty salon, all within the comfort and security of a single facility. The design principles incorporated into this facility encourages a sense of community, as well as empowering residents to continue to enjoy a fulfilling life.

The facility is located within the private landscaped gardens and courtyards, with direct views and access to ensure a connection between internal spaces and nature.