Start of construction work on the new VMCH retirement village

VMCH’s new upmarket retirement residence at Studley Park in Kew has been approved by the City of Boroondara, with the development designed by Woods Bagot to comprise 108 luxury apartments and see the restoration of three existing heritage buildings.

The apartments will feature house-like floor plates with views opening up to Studley Park, with residents benefiting from top-notch amenities, expansive green spaces mapped by Oculus Studios and a new public cafe.

The Council describes the projects as meticulously designed and expertly executed, reimagining familiar features of the arts and crafts movement in an imaginative way to provide local relevance that will ensure the whole precinct fits in harmoniously in its local environment.

“We wanted to create a moving community by layering the past, present and future of design,” explains Peter Miglis, Director of Woods Bagot.

“Nestled in this neighborhood is our vision for the contemporary direction of retirement living, as a space of well-being that remains deeply rooted in its context and community. It’s a site that carefully balances privacy and community, protection and connection.

36% of Kew’s population is over 50, according to the 2016 census. VMCH’s new development aims to support the city’s aging population. VMCH CEO Sonya Smart says she’s excited about the approval after two years of planning and community consultation.

“We are delighted that the city of Boroondara has approved this project. This site has long been part of our history, and this permit will allow us to bring it back to life.

“Everything from the design of the compound, to how we bring it to market, to the facilities and services we will provide to residents, will push the boundaries of retirement living in Australia. Our research tells us that people over the age of 60 are not “retiring” in the traditional sense. They are entering an exciting new phase of life where they have more time to focus on themselves – they are more active, more engaged and even more forgiving than the generations that came before them.

Approximately 410 jobs will be created during construction and an additional 35 jobs will be created after completion through on-site management and management components. Woods Bagot and VMCH are aiming for an average NatHERS rating of 7.0 stars for all apartments with 100% renewable energy, on-site power generation from rooftop solar, capture and reuse of rainwater, as well as an incorporation of passive solar design principles.

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