SunLive – An eco-responsible village for retirees opens a clubhouse
The Lake House, a community center designed according to the architecture of Sumich Chaplin, signals the future of an upscale, eco-friendly retirement residence.
Generus Living Group and its partner Mangatawa Pāpāmoa Blocks Incorporation – MPBI – today opened the Lake House Community Facility and Bowling Green in their $250 million village in Papamoa, Pacific Lakes.
Complementing a unique partnership between MPBI as landowners and Generus as retirement village operators, this ongoing investment is targeted at the burgeoning retiree population as demand for higher living and care environments upscale is increasing in the Bay of Plenty area.
Underscoring Pacific Lakes’ sustainable ethos, the Lake House is complemented by solar power.
The lakes were developed as a sustainable stormwater retention system, creating an ecosystem via a series of watercourses, fed by rainwater and natural aquifers that will support the regeneration of plants and birds.
“In line with sustainable building design, we have carefully considered building materials and selected environmentally preferable solutions where possible,” says Graham Wilkinson, Director of Generus Living Group.
The Lake House is indicative of the quality of the village, with a very thoughtful design, not only in its architecture and sustainable features, but also in its interior design, providing residents with a flexible space to socialize and enjoy.
Extensive covered terraces overlooking the lakes and bowling alley add to the extensive outdoor entertaining and barbecue area.
The simple space is refined and elegant with a palette focused on textured fabrics and materiality reflecting its surroundings.
Sumich Chaplin Architects designed several community facilities for Generus, including those at the adjacent completed twin village Pacific Coast, which more than 400 residents call home.
“Like Pacific Coast, this new village has been highly sought after and over 180 residents have already moved in since late 2019, with many more to arrive in the coming months. The lake house and bowling green will provide the setting to cement the growing community spirit of the village and demonstrate the level of amenity provided,” said Graham.
The Lake House is the first of many facilities for Pacific Lakes residents to be completed.
The Pavilion, the village’s main community center, will be connected to the Lake House by a pedestrian bridge across the lake and will span 2,500 square meters. It will house further hospitality, wellness and leisure facilities, construction of which will begin later this year.
This significant development in the Bay of Plenty represents an investment of over $250 million, the vast majority of which has gone to local suppliers and contractors.
Embodying Generus’ sustainably conscious approach to luxury senior living, Pacific Lakes Village is part of Tauranga Council’s Resource Wise business program – a program that helps local businesses reduce the amount of waste they send to landfill.
Pacific Lakes has already achieved remarkable Gold status with over 98% of operational waste diverted from landfill.
Village lombricomania and green waste composting facilities offer an additional solution to organic and green waste from residential households in the village.
“Our goal is to take a sustainable view of all aspects of the business beyond waste minimization,” says Graham.
“There are also designated recycling stations providing further recycling opportunities for our residents. The goal of the Village Waste Minimization Program is to develop and introduce good waste management practices that can be used throughout the retirement village sector.
Other initiatives include water conservation through the use of smart technologies, rainwater and rainwater harvesting through the village lake system, minimizing the use of chemicals in landscaping, the use of solar energy, the installation of electric vehicle charging stations and LED lighting, and the adoption of sustainable sourcing principles, to name a few. .
The completion of the Lake House once again strengthens the unique partnership between Generus Living Group and MPBI – a partnership that leverages its land to increase financial capacity and shareholder investment.
“There are many potential economic benefits and opportunities, particularly around training and employment, with significant short-term staffing needs in both Partnership Villages, particularly around care,” says Graham.
MPBI and Generus Living also recently named the first recipient of the Ebba Te Tua Scholarship, demonstrating their shared commitment to advancing Maori education and demonstrating how their unique partnership continues to create value within the community and strengthens the village focus on sustainability.
MPBI Managing Director Scott Wikohika said the Ebba Te Tua Scholarship will help create opportunities and pave the way for future generations.
“The legacy left by our kuia is one that will be etched in the hearts and minds of future generations of our shareholders and beneficiaries,” Scott said.
Generus and Mangatawa worked together for nearly a decade to develop first Pacific Coast Village and then Pacific Lakes.
The arrangement between the partners is seen as a marriage of experience and capital with land and tradition, with the aim of improving Mangatawa’s bottom line and providing benefits for all in the future.